Special Campaign Update: Let’s Flip The Iowa Senate

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State Senator Rob Hogg

Here are details on how you can help flip the Iowa Senate by supporting 11 candidates – if 8 of them win, we can flip the Iowa Senate

Dear Friends:

We have eleven candidates who are key to flipping the Iowa Senate, and I am writing today to ask for your volunteer and financial support for as many of these eleven candidates as possible.

If eight of these candidates win, and our incumbents all win, we will flip the Iowa Senate and be in a position to un-do the damage Governor Reynolds and the Republican majority legislators have done to our state, as well as make progress for Iowans on jobs, education, health care, community development, clean energy and clean water.

Here are the key eleven races with links to more information and upcoming events:

Senate District 3 – Dave Dawson

Dave is a prosecutor and former state representative facing Republican Senator Jim Carlin in Plymouth and Woodbury Counties.

To learn more and support Dave’s campaign, visit: https://www.dawsonforiowa.com/

Dave is having a campaign event this Saturday, August 18, at noon on Union Street in Westfield in Plymouth County: https://www.facebook.com/events/500358680435897/


Senate District 5 – John O’Brien

John is a former ironworker and long-time educator facing Republican Senator Tim Kraayenbrink in Webster, Calhoun, Pocahontas, and Humboldt Counties. (I just spent a day of helping John this last weekend, and he is working very hard meeting voters at the doors.)

To learn more, visit John’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/OBrienForSenate/

To support John’s campaign, contribute online at:



Senate District 7 – Jackie Smith

Jackie is a former AEA speech pathologist and Woodbury County supervisor facing Republican Senator Rick Bertrand in Woodbury County. Bertrand had announced his retirement, after missing a lot of votes, but just changed his mind and entered the race when a prior Republican candidate withdrew.

To learn more and support Jackie’s campaign, visit: https://www.smithforiowasenate.com/

Jackie is having a campaign event this Saturday, August 18, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Sioux City Public Museum, along with other women candidates and U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon: https://www.facebook.com/events/459407944505571/


Senate District 11 – Sara Ramsey

Sara is a native of Corning and a psychiatric technician facing Republican Senator Tom Shipley in Union, Adams, Cass and Pottawattamie Counties.

To learn more, visit Sara’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RamseyforIowaSenateDistrict11/

To contribute financially, visit: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/ramsey-committee-2

Sara is opening the Union County Democratic campaign office on Thursday, August 16, between 5:00 and 8:00 p.m. at 216 W. Montgomery St., in Creston: https://www.facebook.com/events/269343220515581/


Senate District 13 – Vicky Brenner

Vicky is a retired teacher and active citizen facing Republican Senator Julian Garrett in Madison and Warren Counties.

To learn more and support Vicky’s campaign, visit: http://brennerforiowasenate.com/

Vicky is having a campaign event with Tom and Christie Vilsack this Thursday, August 16, starting at 2:00 p.m., at 1724 Cherry Parkway in Norwalk: https://www.facebook.com/events/1126925664137457/


Senate District 15 – Taylor Van De Krol

Taylor is a small-town young Iowan who has worked in government and politics for five years since graduating from Simpson College. He is facing Republican State Representative Zach Nunn for this open seat in Jasper and Polk Counties.

To learn more and to support Taylor’s campaign, visit: https://vandekrolforsenate.com/

Taylor is having a campaign volunteer meeting on Thursday, August 16, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at 110 1st St. North in Newton: https://www.facebook.com/events/1859675837412380/


Senate District 19 – Amber Gustafson

Amber is a community volunteer and small business owner facing Republican Senator Jack Whitver in Ankeny, Alleman, and adjacent parts of Polk County.

To learn more and support Amber’s campaign, visit: https://amberforiowa.com/

Amber is holding a campaign fundraiser this Saturday, August 18, with former U.S. HUD Secretary Julian Castro, at a private residence in Ankeny: https://www.facebook.com/events/426665214496265/


Senate District 25 – Tracy Freese

Tracy is a small business owner facing Republican Senator Annette Sweeney in Grundy, Hardin, Story, and Butler Counties.

To learn more and support Tracy’s campaign, visit: https://www.tracyfreese.com/

Tracy will be appearing this Saturday, August 18, in the Parkersburg parade at 10:00 a.m. with State House Candidate Dennis Evans: https://www.facebook.com/events/1054098038099560/


Senate District 41 – Mary Stewart

Mary Stewart is a retired community college administrator with more than 30 years of experience in education and economic development facing perennial Republican candidate Mariannette Miller-Meeks in this open seat in Wapello, Jefferson, Davis, and Van Buren Counties.

To learn more and support Mary’s campaign, visit: https://marystewartforiowasenate.com/

Mary is holding a “meet and greet” on Saturday, August 25, at 9:00 a.m., at the Great Day Cafe, 202 Main Street, in Keosauqua.


Senate District 47 – Marie Gleason

Marie Gleason is a sales and human resources employee for a major Iowa employer facing Republican Senator Roby Smith in Scott County.

To learn more and support Marie’s campaign, visit: https://gleasonforsenate.com/

Marie is hosting “coffee and canvassing” this Saturday, August 18, at 9:30 a.m., at Coffee Hound, 3451 Devils Glen Road, in Bettendorf: https://www.facebook.com/events/251651048801803/


Senate District 49 – Patti Robinson

Patti Robinson is a former Medicaid case manager facing Republican Chris Cournoyer in this open seat to replace Democratic Lt. Gov. candidate Rita Hart in Clinton and Scott Counties.

To learn more, visit Patti’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Robinson4Iowa/

To contribute financially to Patti’s campaign, visit: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/patti-robinson-1

I hope you can help as many of these candidates as possible. Together, let’s flip the Iowa Senate.


Other Upcoming Events

Tracy Ehlert Day of Action, Saturday, Aug. 18, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Cedar Rapids – I will be canvassing for Tracy Ehlert, candidate for state representative in Iowa House District 70 from a private residence at 2510 K Avenue in northwest Cedar Rapids. For more details, and to invite your friends, visit:


Art Staed and Rob Hogg “Back to School” Picnic, Sunday, Aug. 19, 4:30 to 6:00 p.m., Cedar Rapids – Join Art Staed and me for our “back to school” picnic at Creekside Pavilion in Noelridge Park off of Golf Street NE near Harding Middle School. For more details, and to invite your friends, visit:


As always, I hope this information is helpful. Let me know if I can help you get more involved in campaigns this year. Together, with a renewed spirit of citizenship, we can stop and reverse the damage being done to our state and our country, and build a better future for all Iowans and all Americans.


Senator Rob Hogg

Cedar Rapids


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