New York Mayor Bill de Blasio to Headline Progress Iowa Holiday Party

Des Moines – New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will headline Progress Iowa’s fifth annual Holiday Party tomorrow, December 19th. Mayor de Blasio will focus his remarks on the future of the progressive movement and the effort to resist the conservative agenda being enacted across the country. In addition, Senate Democratic Leader Janet Petersen and House Democratic Leader Mark Smith will speak at the event.

This is Progress Iowa’s 5th annual Holiday Party, where progressive activists and leaders gather each year. Past speakers have included Senator Bernie Sanders, former Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander, Sister Simone Campbell of Nuns on the Bus, former Texas State Senator Wendy Davis, and former Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer. Organizers are expecting strong attendance for the event on Tuesday, December 19th. Tickets to the Progress Iowa Holiday Party are $50 each and available at  

The Progress Iowa Holiday Party will be open to pre-credentialed members of the media. Those interested in covering the event must sent an email requesting credentials to A confirmation email will be sent to those receiving credentials.

WHAT: 5th Annual Progress Iowa Holiday Party, featuring New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio

WHEN: Tuesday, December 19, 2017; Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Program begins at 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Temple for Performing Arts; 1011 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309

Bill de Blasio is the 109th Mayor of New York City. From his early days as a young City Hall staffer, to serving on his local school board, city council, and as New York City’s public advocate, Bill de Blasio has spent his life fighting to ensure that every New Yorker – in every neighborhood throughout our five boroughs – gets a fair shot.

Progress Iowa is a multi-issue progressive advocacy organization with a network of nearly 70,000 progressives. Year-round, Progress Iowa advocates for a stronger middle class, first-class public education, and fairness for all Iowans under the law. For more information, visit

Contact: Matt Sinovic
(515) 423-0133

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