Wow, crazy week in the Big Tent, eh?
We finished strong tonight. As expected, the Polk County Republicans nominated David Payer in HD 61, Jack Whitver in HD 66 and Chris Hagenow for County Recorder (to be distinguished from Diane Heggerty the Democrat nominee).
Each bring surprising strength to their respective races.
David Payer is a well prepared candidate. Dave already has maybe the best campaign lit pieces for door knocking that we've seen yet this year. Dave's message is also pretty tight already and he will only get better. Dave ran 10 years ago in a much tougher district and his experience shows. He already has hit the money trail, has numerous large barn signs ready to roll out (you're going to start seeing those around town really soon) and will immediately begin door knocking, where his likeability is a stark contrast with his opponent, who pretty much avoids contact with voters without dollars. The fact that Jo Oldson supported the Govs veto on eminent domain and is an aggressive oppenent of traditional marriage, both fringe positions on two of the major issues of the last two years, doesn't hurt our chances either.
Jack Whitver is a star in the making! He's still a little nervous but the determination that took him from walk on to Hawkeye heart breaker star is evident. Even more evident is his almost palpable integrity-a characteristic that will provide a pretty bright line with Ako ("$600,00 in county dollars isn't enough" Samad. Jack's message is also clear: honesty in government, inclusion in the process and respect for the diverse points of view. Jack's got some subtle advantages that will become more manifest as the campaign progresses. Talk to Timmy and Sarah, I think they'll confirm that Jack is born for this business.
Chris Hagenow was nominated for County Recorder. Not a sexy job, but an important part of County government. We haven't had a voice in any level of County management for a long time. Chris presents a sharp image and is an outstanding spokesman for the urgent need to sweep out the Courthouse in '06. Chris has fund raising talent so he will be able to project his message. Chris is a much more impressive candidate than his opponent, and both have about the same amount of experience.
We've got a chance to add another solid house candidate-give you an update Monday latest on that topic. Also, wouldn't it be great to see Mark Wampler run for County Treasurer?
I think everyone walked away surprised at the strength of the three candidates. So now all we need are the combined efforts of all Polk County Republicans, large and small. You all live here and this year you have a chance to make a difference in your own community. For once the choice is really clear-reward the incumbant party who has taken so much and given so little or take a chance on some fresh new talent. So, as they say out west "Let's Cowboy up and git 'er done".
By the way, the Polk GOPs two favorite Bobs, Ray and Brownell, were in attendance and we were honored to have both there. Wes Enos, our candidate in Supervisor District 3 was also there.
So, since we haven't controlled County government since Truman's second term how about, all in unison now,
EMPOWER YOURSELF, VOTE REPUBLICAN!