November Events

November 7

Barb and Jim Woodsmall invite you to their home to meet and support Iowa Senate District 20 candidate Rhonda Martin. RSVP on Facebook:

November 15

Friday, November 15, 2019    5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Community Room – Urbandale Senior Center
7305 Aurora Avenue, Urbandale, Iowa
Hosts: Pat Boddy, Rob Davis, Kris Winter

Urbandale kicks off Rhonda Martin’s campaign for Iowa Senate with a culinary throw down! Enjoy an evening full of tantalizing tastes cooked up by local political foodies, fun activities, and a cocktail or beverage.  Meet Rhonda Martin and help send her to the Iowa Senate to replace Brad Zaun!

Join the Urbandale AREA Democrats for “A Taste of District 20” as Celebrity Chefs prepare their favorite soup, stew or chili! Attendees will have a chance to sample each and then vote with their dollars on the best tasting dish! Enjoy corn bread and a dessert bar!

Celebrity Chefs include:
Rep. Karin Derry
Rep. John Forbes
Polk County Supervisor Angela Connolly
Polk County Recorder Julie Haggerty
Polk County Democrats Chair Sean Bagniewski
Urbandale City Council Member-Elect Matt Blake
Urbandale City Council Member-Elect Bridget Montgomery
Democrat activist Rick Smith

Wine, beer, soft drinks and water will be available.

Tickets: $25
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Sponsorship and Host Levels are also available.

November 19

Meet and Greet for Rhonda Martin for Iowa Senate

Join Rhonda and hosts Jill and Jim Morrill for appetizers and desserts! Rhonda looks to the future with better ideas for Urbandale, Johnston and Grimes. It’s time for a new voice for Iowa!

5:30-7:30pm, 7717 Goodman Dr, Urbandale
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Educating Rhonda: Water Quality

“This is going to be a huge problem and no one wants to talk about it.” — Dr. Chris Jones, University of Iowa Hydroscience Engineer. Tonight, at my Educating Rhonda event in Grimes, we DID talk about it. Thanks to Dr. Jones for sharing his important research about Iowa’s nitrate and water quality problems — and a few of the things we need to do now to mitigate the damage for future generations of Iowans. You can read more from him here: And props to Cookies by Design – Urbandale for the perfect treats.

Dr. Chris Jones, UI Hydroscience Engineer

Grimes Kick-off Party!

Hello Grimes!
I look forward to meeting more good people of Grimes at this Kickoff event for my Iowa Senate District 20 campaign! Ed Walker, Ann Mueller Gale, and John Williams are my gracious hosts and are planning all sorts of fun activities for this beach-themed yard party. I hope you can attend! I look forward to enjoying time with new friends in Grimes!

Thursday, September 26
213 NE 14th Ct., Grimes, Iowa

Upcoming September Events

Johnston Area Democrats Annual Picnic — Sunday, September 8, 3pm-6pm, Terra Park, 6300 Pioneer Pkwy, Johnston, 50131

Rhonda Martin and State Representative Karin Derry are among the speakers at the Johnston Area Democrats picnic. Other speakers include Senate Minority Leader Janet Petersen, State Representative Todd Prichard, State Auditor Rob Sand, and U.S. Senate candidates Kimberly Graham, Theresa Greenfield, and Eddie Mauro. Meat is provided; bring a dish to share and a lawn chair. Live music by Randy Burk & Nate Runkle.

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Have a Kicking Good Time in Johnston: Rhonda Martin for Iowa Senate Kickoff Event — Thursday, September 12, 5:30-7:30pm, Greenbriar Restaurant & Bar, 5810 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston, 50131

Rhonda Martin has kicked off her boot and is ready to run for the District 20 Iowa Senate seat. Please join us on September 12 to support Rhonda as she kicks off her campaign. Be ready to have a kicking good time.

Suggested donation: $50 (get TICKETS here). Greenbriar appetizers and a drink are included. A raffle and a wine pull are planned along with lots of Fun, Fun, Fun!

Facebook event: Paid for by Friends of Rhonda Martin

Johnston Homecoming Parade — Thursday, September 19, 5:30pm

Join Rhonda Martin, Rep. Karin Derry, and the Johnston Area Democrats in the homecoming parade! We will line up between 5:00-5:30 PM behind Hy-Vee on Greendale Road. Ask about the “black zone”. The parade will begin at 6:00 PM on Greendale Road and proceed south to Pioneer Parkway, then travel northwest along Pioneer Parkway and end at the Johnston Middle School.

Educating Rhonda luncheon, August 10

Rhonda is holding her first Educating Rhonda luncheon on Saturday, August 10 at Trostel’s Greenbrier in Johnston from 11:30am to 1:00pm, with special guests, House Representative Karin Derry and retired Associate Executive Director of the ISEA Randy Richardson.

We will hear about how the 2017 changes in collective bargaining are impacting teacher negotiations, as well as hear about legislation still on the table for the next legislative session in 2020.

Finally, Rhonda hopes to hear from educators about what are the biggest challenges they face in today’s classroom and any ideas or innovations that might help them be successful.

The cost of the lunch is $20 and it includes a beverage.

RSVP to: or call: (515) 326-2675

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