(Atlantic) The Cass County Democratic Party officially opened its Election Headquarters at 511 Chestnut Street in Atlantic with 32 voters attending its Open House on Tuesday, September 18th.
Former Lieutenant Governor Patty Judge was the keynote speaker, acting as a surrogate for President Obama as well as speaking from her twenty years of experience in the political arena. She opined that this year's Democratic slate of Democrats running for Statehouse seats were some of the best candidates that she has seen in years. She expressed the need for a large voter turnout this election as it is the most important election of this generation, citing controversial issues such as Medicare and Social Security stability, voter suppression issues across the nation, and health care coverage for all citizens.
John Rose, candidate for Iowa House District #21, running against Jack Drake, spoke of his slate of issues, including education, educational funding, property tax reform, infrastructure, and Obamacare's expansion of Medicaid funding for the states. He cited concerns that the current Governor has expressed negativity toward the Medicaid expansion, despite increased federal funding for the program. Mr. Rose stated his belief that the use of Medicaid dollars would ultimately lower each taxpayer's own insurance premiums because the uninsured would no longer have to use the hospital's emergency rooms as their primary care physicians. Some of his personal assets going into the election cited werer his analytical skills, his ability to relate to other people's life experiences, his knowledge of the educational system, and his willingness to work together with other legislators in a bipartisan manner to improve Iowa and Iowans.
Sherry Toelle, Chair of the Cass County Democratic Party, outlined the services the Headquarters has to offer the people of Cass County, including voting information, candidate materials and issue statements, candidate buttons, yard signs, and bumper stickers. Everyone is welcome to the Center which is open 7 days a week.