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MEDIA ADVISORY: Oct. 13, “Winning Back the Heartland,” presented by New Democracy

October 05, 2017

October 5, 2017

Contact: Cody Tucker, or

“Winning Back the Heartland”

October 13, 2017
8:30am to 3:30pm

State Historical Museum of Iowa
600 East Locust Street
Des Moines, IA

Please join New Democracy for a gathering of Midwest Democrats Oct. 13 in Des Moines to take up the challenge of Winning Back the Heartland. This public forum will feature former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack, former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services and Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, Kansas City Mayor Sly James, U.S. Congressman John Delaney, Former Iowa Attorney General Bonnie Campbell, former Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander, Iowa State Senator Jeff Danielson, along with many other leading Mayors and state elected officials from around the region.

New Democracy is a new “home base” and support network for pragmatic Democratic leaders determined to break the Republican Party’s stranglehold on national and state politics. Its mission is to broaden the Democratic base to make the party competitive in every part of the country. Only then will Democrats be able to win a new mandate for change and put America on a genuinely progressive course.

In addition to elected leaders, the retreat will feature political strategists, policy innovators, and private sector friends and supporters. The discussion will focus on how new ideas and a “big tent” approach can help Democrats win back the Midwest, which proved to be the pivotal political battleground in 2016.

Specifically, we’ll explore ideas for creating new jobs and businesses in the Heartland, and examine growing alarm in rural America over the Trump administration’s protectionist policies, which threaten to close foreign markets to U.S. agricultural exporters. We’ll also explore ways to bridge cultural divides with working class, rural, and small town voters. And we’ll talk about how to expand political and financial support for the kind of pragmatic candidates who can expand the party’s appeal among moderate and independent voters.

We hope you will join us in Des Moines and get involved in New Democracy’s campaign to recharge the party’s intellectual batteries, broaden its appeal to voters, and get back in the habit of winning elections.

This event is open to the media. Please contact Cody Tucker at or 202-414-7367 with questions.


“Winning Back the Heartland” Agenda

8:30 am Welcome and Introduction to New Democracy
Keynote Address: Jason Kander, president of Let America Vote and former Missouri Secretary of State
Creating High-Wage Jobs in the Heartland: Tom Vilsack, former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and Governor of Iowa

9:15 am Why the Heartland is America’s Key Political Battleground
Listening to Heartland Voters: John Anzalone, Partner, ALG Research
Building a Bigger Tent: A Conversation with Midwest Democrats
Moderators: Patty Judge, former Lieutenant Governor of Iowa, and Bonnie Campbell, former Iowa Attorney General

10:15 am A New Democratic Vision for Shared Prosperity
Remarks by John Delaney, U.S. Representative (D-Md.) and 2020 Presidential Candidate
Chad Troutwine, Co-founder & CEO, Veritas Prep
Dr. Michael Mandel, Chief Economic Strategist, Progressive Policy Institute
Pam Johnson, former president, National Corn Growers Association

11:45 am How Democrats Are Leading a Metro Resurgence
Sly James, Mayor of Kansas City, MO

12:30 pm The Fight for Universal and Affordable Health Care
A Lunch Conversation with former HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

2:00 pm Democratic Candidates Make the Case for Change
Moderator: O. Kay Henderson, Radio Iowa

3:30 pm Close