News and Activities

2019 | 2020


Campaign activities did not end with COVID-19 restrictions in Iowa, but they changed quite a bit! Please follow my Events page for now to see recent and upcoming news and activities.

Learn gardening tips and more in these brief videos!

Planting Kitchen Herbs

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Spring Mail-order Plants

Planting Tomatoes

Planting Young Tree Saplings

Benefit Pollinators and Attract Butterflies

MARCH 2020
It is official! Candidate Filing Day for me at the Iowa Capitol was March 5. I dropped off my nomination affidavit and over 600 signatures. Thank you Urbandale, Johnston and Grimes. Let’s do this!

We attended area democrats meetings to promote my fundraisers and candidacy. I sent out my first newsletter with campaign updates.

We are holding some creative fundraisers: one person volunteered to take professional social media profile pictures of others in exchange for donations. We also received a lot of interest in my “Plant a tree. Grow a campaign” initiative. And soon we will have my spring fundraiser at the Urbandale Country Club–hope to see you March 26!

I attended celebration of the passage of the 19th Amendment, and met with Johnston Fourth Graders. I met with Charlie Hodges to thank him for endorsing my candidacy and hear his ideas about how best to reach voters

I took part in the Moms Demand Action Day at the capitol, and attended a Senate Judiciary subcommittee meeting on statute of limitations for sex abuse cases.

Moms Demand Action

I held an Educating Rhonda event on Iowa’s Agricultural Workforce Needs on February 29, with guest Stacey Robles.

And I 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.

Campaign activities are in high gear! I met with various volunteer leaders on canvassing, postcards, absentee ballots, fundraising, communications, and volunteering.

I also attended an event for presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar; took a tour of current and future Johnston improvement projects; participated in caucus training; and knocked doors in very cold temperatures!

Peggy Huppert, Executive Director of NAMI/Iowa, gave a highly informative presentation of Iowa’s mental health care system and steps we should take to better serve Iowans. I attended the Climate Change forum to hear from presenter Rick Smith about the challenges we face. And I met with Mike Delaney who is working to promote a soil health bill that the legislature will consider this session. Important work!

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


We had some great gatherings for my campaign, including a meet-and-greet with attorneys Paige Fiedler and Kim Baer; Introverts for Rhonda, by Alina and Morgan; Kris Winters at Orange Chic Boutique; a wine and cheese party in Ames; and more! I also attended many city-related meetings, holiday events, and campaign meetings.

I was honored to help lay wreaths at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery with veteran Vicki Harris.

Iowa Veterans Cemetery wreath-laying

November brought election-related activities including volunteering for Urbandale and Johnston city council candidates.

Suresh, Rhond, Scott

Volunteers hosted several house party gatherings for my campaign, including Jim and Jill Morrill in Urbandale, Susan Klein, and Barb Woodsmall.

The Urbandale Area Democrats hosted a great event for my campaign: Celebrity Chef Cook-off!

Celebrity Cook-off

 I also attended the Johnston-Grimes Firefighters Ball, celebrating a great fire department keeping us safe; and met with AFSCME representatives to better understand the issues facing public employee unions.

I had a busy month of meeting with an Iowa State Education Association leader and elder constituents; attending Democratic house parties, meetings, and campaign strategy sessions; attending and speaking at women in leadership events; taking part in Johnston Town Center ground-breaking, Art in the Barn, Johnston 50th Anniversary Gala, and other events; learning more about Eagle Scout Jake Wick’s service project; and riding with the Johnston Police to learn more about their crucial work.

Groundbreaking for Johnston Town Center
Rhonda, Al Womble, Karin Derry

My Educating Rhonda event in Grimes focused on Water Quality, with guest Dr. Chris Jones.

Water expert Chris Jones at Educating Rhonda

And I was honored to receive my first endorsement from the Johnston-Grimes Firefighters

Johnston-Grimes Firefighters Local endorsement

I kicked off my campaign in Johnston with appetizers, drinks, and a raffle at Greenbriar Restaurant & Bar, and started my campaign in Grimes at a beach-themed yard party hosted by Ed Walker, Ann Mueller Gale, & John Williams.

Rhonda Martin ringing cowbell to kick off campaign
Rhonda speaking at Grimes Kickoff

I also

  • walked in the Johnston High School Homecoming Parade
  • met with various constituents about concerns
  • participated in the Central Iowa Green Infrastructure conference in Ankeny
  • led the pledge of allegiance with other local candidates at the Polk County Steak Fry
  • attended the Greeshma Mela (Summer Festival) of the Hindu Temple and Cultural Temple Center of Iowa
  • walked with friends and advocates of mental health in the NAMI Walks Iowa in Johnston
Rhonda leading pledge at steak fry with local candidates
Rhonda and Peggy Huppert of NAMI-Iowa

In my first Educating Rhonda event on Education at Trostel’s Greenbriar, special guests Iowa Rep. Karin Derry and retired ISEA Associate Executive Director Randy Richardson discussed how  changes in the law are impacting teacher negotiations, what legislation was 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.  Later in the month, I also led the first official Rhonda Martin for Iowa Senate campaign meeting!

Rhonda, Randy Richardson, Karin Derry

JULY 2019
I walked in the Urbandale 4th of July Parade with my supporters.

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

JUNE 2019
I walked in the Johnston Green Days Parade and volunteered with Karin Derry at the Johnston Partnership Food Pantry.

MAY 15, 2019
I announced my candidacy at this Celebrating Iowa Women event with Rep. Karin Derry!

Celebrate Iowa Women