News and Activities

2019 | 2020

2020

JANUARY

FEBRUARY 16
– A volunteer donated canvassing materials. We are ready to door knock!

FEBRUARY 15
– Attended West Des Moines Democrats meeting to share my “Plant a tree. Grow a campaign!” initiative

FEBRUARY 14
– Attended celebration of the passage of the 19th Amendment

FEBRUARY 13
– Met with Charlie Hodges to thank him for endorsing my candidacy and hear his ideas about how best to reach voters

FEBRUARY 12
– Attended Johnston Democrats monthly meeting where Michael Franken discussed his run for U.S. Senate

FEBRUARY 11
Busy Day! Attended and met:
– Metro Advisory Council;
– Mom’s Demand Action Day at the Capitol;
– Public hearing on Xenia lawsuit;
– Johnston Fourth Graders;
– Senate Judiciary subcommittee meeting on SOL for sex abuse cases; and
– Clive Democrats meeting

FEBRUARY 10
– Attended Johnston Public Works subcommittee meeting.
– Council Member Scott Syroka and I took a virtual tour of the new City Hall presently under construction. Amazing!

FEBRUARY 9
– Confirmed final details for Educating Rhonda on February 29. Please join us!

FEBRUARY 8
– My amazing volunteers held a creative fundraiser for me – supporters received professional social media profile pictures. So much FUN!

FEBRUARY 7
– Attended Women in Government Breakfast
– Worked on my spring fundraiser. Hope to see you March 26!

FEBRUARY 6
– Attended Johnston meeting about Northglenn Trail

FEBRUARY 5
– Sent out my first Newsletter
– Met with a group of volunteers to plan outreach for my “Plant a tree. Grow a campaign” initiative

FEBRUARY 4
– Attended Johnston City Council Meeting

FEBRUARY 3
– Despite the recording issue that arose later, the caucuses ran very smoothly. So great to see so many community members involved!

FEBRUARY 2
– Ready to caucus tomorrow!

FEBRUARY 1
– Met with my farming relatives in Northwest Iowa to discuss the practicalities of environmental farming practices. Goal – 100% cover crop on all acres 100% of the time. It’s not always easy.


JANUARY 31
– This t-shirt says it – the Iowa Senate need at least one landscape architect!

JANUARY 30
– Met with Mike Delaney who is working to promote a soil health bill that the legislature will consider this session. Important work!

JANUARY 29
– A group of volunteers met with me to discuss messaging and how best to get our positive message out to the folks in Grimes, Johnston, and Urbandale.

JANUARY 28
– Attended Johnston Tree and Park Board meeting. Committed volunteers play an important role in shaping our community.

JANUARY 27
– Great communications team meeting. Good ideas with implementation plans to boot!

JANUARY 26
– Attended Climate Change forum to hear from presenter Rick Smith about the challenges we face. I encourage you to attend the Climate Crisis Parade downtown on February 1.

JANUARY 25
– Thank you Peggy Huppert, Executive Director of NAMI/Iowa for a highly informative presentation of Iowa’s mental health care system and steps we should take to better serve Iowans.

JANUARY 24
– Attended gathering of volunteers in Senate District 20.

JANUARY 23
– Attended Johnston Arts Council committee meeting.
– Hosted event for SD 20 voters to learn more about Amy Klobuchar with guest speaker Congresswoman Angie Craig.

JANUARY 22
– Worked on volunteer portal to make it easier for volunteers to tell us how they want to be involved in the campaign. If you want to get involved, let me know and I’ll send you the link!

JANUARY 21
– Attended Johnston City Council meeting at which Eagle Scout Jake Wicks was recognized for the great historic signs he built and installed at the Farmhouse Museum and Barn.

JANUARY 20
– Met with volunteers planning a spring fundraiser on March 26 at the Urbandale Golf & Country Club

JANUARY 19
– Called more SD 20 voters to introduce myself

JANUARY 18
– Met with the leader of my yard sign team

JANUARY 17
– Met with the bike ride event team. How long should our community bike ride be?

JANUARY 16
– Met with the tree sale team. Keep your eye out for seedlings, perfect for your yard!

JANUARY 15
– Attended a public meeting on the north of 62nd sewer improvements

JANUARY 14
– Attended the Metro Advisory Council meeting

JANUARY 13
– Met with Deb Hansen to plan the absentee ballot project
– Met with Pat Walters about the canvassing plan

JANUARY 12
– Postcards, postcards, postcards! Volunteers will contact hard-to-reach voters this way. If you want to help, contact us!

JANUARY 11
– Knocked doors in chilly temperatures! Democracy works best when we all participate. Voters are engaged like never before!

JANUARY 9
– Participated in formal caucus training. Thanks to all of the volunteers who make the caucuses run smoothly!

JANUARY 8
– Attended the Johnston Democrats monthly meeting

JANUARY 6
– Attended the Johnston City Council meeting

JANUARY 5
– Held a campaign Communications Team meeting

JANUARY 4
– Participated in a tour of current and future Johnston improvement projects with Johnston mayor, city council members, city administrators, and city department heads–a fun and thoughtful group!

JANUARY 3
– Cross-referenced petition signatures with voter database to confirm that all signatures qualify

JANUARY 2
– Attended presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar event in Johnston. Collected signatures on my nominating petitions as well

JANUARY 1
– Meeting with campaign manager about the person-to-person initiative–a way for busy volunteers to help reach more voters. Stay tuned!


2019

MAY | JUNE | JULY | AUGUST | SEPTEMBER | OCTOBER | NOVEMBER | DECEMBER

DECEMBER 31
– Celebrated New Year’s Eve with campaign volunteers

DECEMBER 30
– Campaign planning

DECEMBER 15
– Campaign communications meeting

DECEMBER 14
– Honored to help lay wreaths at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery with veteran Vicki Harris
– Watched livestream of state hearing on predatory practices of out-of-state purchasers of manufactured home parks

Iowa Veterans Cemetery wreath-laying

DECEMBER 13
– Ames wine and cheese party in support of my campaign

DECEMBER 12
– Urbandale Area Democrats Holiday Party

DECEMBER 11
– Attended Empower Women Luncheon
– Johnston City Art Council meeting

DECEMBER 10
– Johnston City Council budget meeting

DECEMBER 9
– Kris Winters hosted meet and greet at Orange Chic Boutique, a great place to shop local

DECEMBER 8
– Campaign cabinet meeting

DECEMBER 7
– Attended Johnston’s Alternative Gift Market to support local artisans and businesses

DECEMBER 6
– Ad Hoc Johnston Public Works meeting. Public spaces are important to preserve and create community.

DECEMBER 5
– Alina and Morgan hosted an Introverts for Rhonda event.

DECEMBER 4
– Proud to be part of the project group to get the statue of Jack Trice moved back to the ISU campus

DECEMBER 3
– Attorneys Paige Fiedler and Kim Baer hosted a meet and greet gathering at Paige’s firm.

DECEMBER 2
– Johnston City Council


NOVEMBER 24
– Called voters
– Campaign cabinet meeting

NOVEMBER 22
– Addressed Postcards for an Ames event in support of my campaign

NOVEMBER 21
– Johnston Library Board meeting

NOVEMBER 20
– Johnston Metro Waste Authority meeting

NOVEMBER 19
– Jim and Jill Morrill hosted a gathering in Urbandale

NOVEMBER 18
– Johnston City Council meeting

NOVEMBER 16
 – Volunteer appreciation party by new Johnston City Council members

NOVEMBER 15
 – Urbandale Area Democrats Celebrity Chef Cookoff Event for Rhonda’s campaign–great event! 
 – Johnston-Grimes Firefighters Ball celebrating a great fire department keeping us safe

Celebrity Cook-off

NOVEMBER 13
 – Johnston Area Democrats Meeting

NOVEMBER 12
 – Gathering at the home of Susan Klein

NOVEMBER 9
 – Iowa Senate Dems training shared lots of useful info

NOVEMBER 7
 – Barb & Jim Woodsmall house party

NOVEMBER 6
 – Met with AFSCME representatives to better understand the issues facing public employee unions

NOVEMBER 5
 – Election Day!  Congratulations to the new members elected to the Urbandale and Johnston City Councils and School Boards!

NOVEMBER 4
 – Johnston City Council meeting; new police officers sworn in

NOVEMBER 3
 – Volunteered for Johnston City Council candidates

Suresh, Rhond, Scott

NOVEMBER 2
 – USO ribbon cutting with Cindy Axne
 – Volunteered for Urbandale City Council and School Board candidates

NOVEMBER 1
 – Ad hoc Public Works meeting at Johnston City Hall
 – Hosted 5 students from Missouri who were attending the Liberty and Justice dinner


OCTOBER 31
 – Attended presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar’s event to hear her views

OCTOBER 29
 – Attended meeting at Johnston City Hall to discuss Northglenn drainage project

OCTOBER 28
 – Attended Grimes City Council candidate forum
 – Rode along with Johnston Police to better understand the crucially important work they perform to keep our community safe

OCTOBER 27
 – Met with campaign volunteers

OCTOBER 23-24
 – Met with supporters and volunteers about upcoming events

OCTOBER 22
 – Took part in Johnston Town Center ground-breaking ceremony

Groundbreaking for Johnston Town Center

 – Attended Johnston City Council candidate forum

OCTOBER 21
 – Attended Johnston City Council work session and Council meeting; the Council recognized Adam Koch and Cooper Pierce for gifting their $5,000 video competition award to the Johnston-Grimes Fire Department

OCTOBER 20
 – Met with campaign communications team to discuss campaign outreach

OCTOBER 18
 – Attended “Art in the Barn” event to support the Johnston Library

OCTOBER 17
 – Attended Urbandale Democrats meeting with guest speakers discussing political reporting and news

OCTOBER 16
 – Educating Rhonda: Forum on Water Quality; in Grimes, with expert Dr. Chris Jones

Water expert Chris Jones at Educating Rhonda

OCTOBER 15
 – Visited McAuley Terrace, a senior housing community, to sepnd time getting to know some of the residents

OCTOBER 13
 – Attended and spoke at the Women in Leadership Fundraiser at the home of Roxanne Conlin

OCTOBER 11
 – Attended Power Women event with Sen. Claire Celsi and Rep. Karin Derry, hosted by Mark Thompsen

Rhonda, Al Womble, Karin Derry

OCTOBER 10
 – Attended “Gender and Communications on the Campaign Trail” to hear Kelly Winfrety present communication strategies for women candidates

OCTOBER 9
 – Received first endorsement from the Johnston-Grimes Firefighters

Johnston-Grimes Firefighters Local endorsement

OCTOBER 7
 – Participated in a work session of Johnston City Council, and a Council meeting

OCTOBER 5
 – Attended house party to discuss my campaign
 – Attended Johnston’s 50th Anniversary Gala

OCTOBER 3
 – Met Jake Wicks to learn about Eagle Scout service project
 – Placed a historical marker on the accessible historical walk that connects the Johnston Historical Society and the historic Simpson Barn

OCTOBER 2
 – Met with a leader of the Iowa State Education Association

OCTOBER 1
 – Attended fundraiser to support DM Public Library and the 2019 Iowa Author Award


 

SEPTEMBER 30
 – Attended joint meeting of Johnston City Council and Planning & Zoning

SEPTEMBER 28
 – Walked with friends and advocates of mental health in the NAMI Walks Iowa in Johnston

Rhonda and Peggy Huppert of NAMI-Iowa

SEPTEMBER 26
– Start It With A Party – Grimes Kickoff!  Kicked off Rhonda’s campaign in Grimes at a beach-themed yard party, hosted by Ed Walker, Ann Mueller Gale, & John Williams

Rhonda speaking at Grimes Kickoff

SEPTEMBER 24
 – Attended Johnston Tree Board and Park’s Board monthly meeting

SEPTEMBER 22
 – Attended the Greeshma Mela (Summer Festival) of the Hindu Temple and Cultural Temple Center of Iowa


 – Attended a meet-and-greet for Scott Syroka, candidate for Johnston City Council

SEPTEMBER 21
 – Led the pledge of allegiance at the Steak Fry along with other local candidates

Rhonda leading pledge at steak fry with local candidates

SEPTEMBER 20
 – Participated in Central Iowa Green Infrastructure conference in Ankeny
 – Met with retired police officer and Teamsters Local 238 state political director, Jim Romar, to discuss public safety and unions
 – Attended Iowa Association for Justice President’s Party in Johnston

SEPTEMBER 19
 – Walked in the Johnston HS Homecoming Parade

SEPTEMBER 12
 – Have a Kicking Good Time in Johnston: Rhonda kicked off her campaign for the Senate District 20 seat with appetizers, drinks, and a raffle; at Greenbriar Restaurant & Bar

Rhonda Martin ringing cowbell to kick off campaign


 

AUGUST 21
 – Led the first official Rhonda Martin for Iowa Senate Campaign Meeting

AUGUST 18
 – Attended Fundraiser at the Heights, to support the campaigns of Rhonda, Rep. Jennifer Konfrst, and Rep. Karin Derry; at the home of Kyle and Lydia McCord

AUGUST 10
– Educating Rhonda: Education, at Trostel’s Greenbriar, with special guests, Iowa Rep. Karin Derry and retired ISEA Associate Executive Director Randy Richardson. Heard about how the changes in the laws are impacting teacher negotiations, what legislation is still on the table for 2020, and what educators say are the biggest challenges they face in today’s classroom and how legislators can help.

Rhonda, Randy Richardson, Karin Derry


 

JULY 4
 – Walked in the Urbandale 4th of July Parade

Rhonda Martin for Iowa Senate at 2019 Urbandale Fourth of July Parade

JULY 2
 – Attended Urbandale Area Democrats July Meeting


 

JUNE 15
 – Walked in the Johnston Green Days Parade

JUNE 1
 – Volunteered with Karin Derry at the Johnston Partnership Food Pantry


 

MAY 15
 – Celebrating Iowa Women: Announced Rhonda’s candidacy at this event with Rep. Karin Derry

Celebrate Iowa Women