Our Communications Committee is hard at work on a new website coming soon.  Temporarily, we will only have a copy of the latest emailed Event Update posted for events on the website.

All the Latest Political Events Coming Up in Polk County!

***Disclaimer: The Polk County Democrats do not endorse any Democrat for any nonpartisan or primary race.  We simply pass on information about events.


May 30, 2017

6:30PM – Windsor Heights Area Democrats Meeting

Regular Meeting Day:  Last Tuesday of every month

Meeting Time:  6:30pm

Place: Saison Restaurant, 6611 University Ave, Windsor Heights


June 1, 2017

5:30 PM – Event Committee Meeting

The committee will meet at the Iowa Democratic Party headquarters at 5661 Fleur Dr., Des Moines.

5:30 PMNew Leaders Council 2017 Fundraiser – Ready, Set, Engage

At the Iowa State Bar Association

Join the latest class of Des Moines New Leaders Council for an evening of food, drinks, and conversations with progressive leaders from around the Des Moines community.

New Leaders Council is a national non-profit with chapters all over the country. Its mission is to train, engage and educate the next generation of progressive leaders.


MC:   Des Moines NLC Alum Senator Nate Boulton

Senator Janet Petersen
RAYGUN Owner Mike Draper
Trinity Las Americas Pastor Alejandro Alfaro-Santiz

You’ll have an opportunity to talk with alumni of the program about how you can apply for the 2018 class. Could you be a future state senator, non-profit leader, or small business owner? We’d love to have the chance to explore the opportunities with you.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at: http://desmoines.newleaderscouncil.org/2017_fellows_event

If you are interested in sponsoring the event or a future new leader, please contact us or donate directly at https://desmoines.nationbuilder.com/2017_sponsors_and_donors

7:00 PM – DSM Launch Party For Campaign Greenhouse
Peace Tree – Des Moines Branch
317 E Court Ave, Des Moines, Iowa 50309

Campaign Greenhouse is a revolutionary new model for supporting down-ballot campaigns. We’re going to put more Democrats and Progressives into public office at every level, one candidate at a time. We’re launching on June 1st and we want you to join us!

June 2, 2017

12:00 PM – Elected Officials Lunch – Invite Only

June 3, 2017

No Area Democrat Group Leadership Breakfast – Next meeting July 1st

9:00 AM3rd District Central Committee Meeting

Our next 3DCC meeting is on Saturday, June 3, starting at 9:00 a.m. at the Anita Community Center in Anita, Iowa.  The address is:  805 Main Street, Anita, Iowa

If you are new and get lost, I’ll have my cell (515-314-9591).  But, it is easy to find.  Most folks come via I-80.  If coming via I-80, take exit 70.  Head south to a T intersection.  Turn right and you’ll be on While Pole Road.  It becomes Main Street when you get into town.  The Community Center is on the right, past most of the downtown district.  If you get to Casey’s, you’ve gone too far.

3:00 PMPicnic For The People!
Alternative event to Sen. Joni Ernst’s ROAST & RIDE (same day)

June 3rd, 2017 Noon – 3:00 PM

McHose Park, J.B McHose Shelter House
1215 Francis Mason Dr.
Boone, Iowa 50036

$10 or more suggested donation per person
Includes: Sandwhich, chips, drink, salad and dessert

RSVP for planning, email: bcdcc08@yahoo.com

Confirmed Speakers Include:

Derek Eadon, Iowa Democratic Party Chairman
Rob Hogg, State Senator & Senate Minority Leader
Mark Danner Smith, State Representative & House Minority Leader
State Senator Nate Boulton, Democratic Candidate for Governor
Richard Leopold, Democratic Candidate for Governor
Dr. Andy Holden McGuire, Democratic Candidate for Governor
Jonathan Neiderbach, Democratic Candidate for Governor
State Rep. Todd Prichard, Democratic Candidate for Governor
Deb Duncan for Iowa House District 47, Democratic Candidate for House District 47
Mike Matson (Davenport Alderman), Potential Democratic Candidate for Governor
Mike Carberry, Johnson County Supervisor


June 5, 2017

6:30 PM – Des Moines Westside Democrats Area Group Meeting

Regular Meeting Day:  1st Monday of the month

Meeting Time:  6:30 to 8:00 PM

Place:   Zimm’s Food & Spirits, 3124 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312

All Democrats are welcome.

Contact Bill Ekhardt with questions, Bill@ekhardt.com 515-868-6700

June 7, 2017

6:00 PM – East Des Moines Dems Meeting

Bianchi’s Hilltop Restaurant – 2820 Hubbell Ave, Des Moines, Iowa 50317

East Des Moines Area Democrats wants YOU to get active with the Democratic party! Join us for food, fun, friends and Democratic Fellowship!

RSVP to stay abreast of changes and updates to this event!

Food is available for purchase (yum). This is a family friendly event but adult beverages are available should you choose to partake.

We need your help to ensure East Des Moines remains BLUE. Join Us!

June 10, 2017 

2:00 PM – 9:00 PM – Capitol City Pride

June 11, 2017

12:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Capitol City Pride

1:00 PM – Pride Parade

5:00 PM – Urbandale Flag Day Event

June 7, 2017

6:00 PM – East Des Moines Dems Meeting

Bianchi’s Hilltop Restaurant – 2820 Hubbell Ave, Des Moines, Iowa 50317

East Des Moines Area Democrats wants YOU to get active with the Democratic party! Join us for food, fun, friends and Democratic Fellowship!

RSVP to stay abreast of changes and updates to this event!

Food is available for purchase (yum). This is a family friendly event but adult beverages are available should you choose to partake.

We need your help to ensure East Des Moines remains BLUE. Join Us!

 June 13, 2017

6:30 PM – SE Polk/Altoona Area Group Meeting

Regular Meeting Day:  2nd Tuesday

Meeting Time:  6:00 social time  6:30 p.m. Meeting

Place:   Terrace Hills Golf Course, 8700 NE 46th Ave, Altoona, IA 50009

All Democrats are welcome.

June 14, 2017

6:00 PM – Johnston Area Democrats Meeting

Regular Meeting Day:  2nd Wednesday of every month

Meeting Time:  Dinner at 6pm and meeting at 7pm

Place:  Cozy Café on 86th in Johnston

6:30 PM – Downtown Area Democrats Meeting

Regular Meeting Day: 2nd Wednesday of the month

Meeting Time: 6:30 PM

Place: Riverwalk Hub at 6:30pm — 215 Water St, Des Moines 50309

June 15, 2017

6:00 PM – Urbandale Area Democrats

Regular Meeting Day:  3rd Thursday of every month

Meeting Time: 6:00 PM

Place: Felix and Oscars, 4050 Merle Hay Rd, Des Moines, IA 50310

June 17, 2017

6:00 PMFish Fry Fundraiser for Dan Nieland, HD 30 Candidate

June 19, 2017

6:30 PMPolk County Democratic Central Committee Meeting


The Polk County Democrats will have their monthly meeting on June 19, 2017 at 6:30 PM at the Machinist’s Hall, 2000 Walker St., Des Moines.

Special guest speakers will be State Rep. Abby Finkenauer and Democratic Candidate for Governor, Michael Matson.

June 20, 2017

6:30PM – Ankeny Area Democrats Meeting

Regular Meeting Day:  3rd Tuesday of every month

Meeting Time:  6:30 pm

Place:   District 36 Wine Bar and Grill, 1375 SW Vintage Pkwy, Ankeny, IA 50023

6:30 PM – Northwest Des Moines Democrats Meeting

Date: 3rd Tuesday of every month

Time: 6:30-9:30 pm

Location: Reed’s Hollow, 2712 Beaver Ave, Des Moines, Iowa 50310

7:00 PM – Grimes Area Democrats Meeting

Regular Meeting Day:  3rd Wednesday of every month

Meeting Time: 7:00 pm

Place:   Grimes Community Complex, 410 SE Main St, Grimes, Iowa 50111

Join us for the first meeting of the Grimes Area Democrats at the Grimes Community Complex in room 107. Help shape the direction and purpose of the group. At this meeting, we will elect our board and the Polk County Democrats Chairperson, Sean Bagniewski, will speak.

June 22, 2017

5:30 PM – Democratic Gubernatorial Forum· Hosted by Asian & Latino Coalition

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Forum – Sponsored by the Asian & Latino Coalition
Thursday, June 22nd    5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Plumbers & Steamfitters Local #33 Training Center, 2501 Bell Ave., Des Moines

All Democratic candidates for Governor have been invited to participate in the forum.

Candidate reception will be held from 5:30 PM – 6:00 PM.
Appetizers & beverages will be provided.
Free Crab Rangoon & Egg Rolls prepared by Som Baccam.

Free and open to all Democrats.

The candidate forum will begin at 6:00 PM with introductions & opening statements.

The forum will include a moderator and three guest panelists. All questions from audience members will be submitted in writing.

All candidates participating in the forum must have announced or set a up an exploratory committee by June 12, 2017.

If you have any questions please contact Mitch Henry, Communications Director for the Asian & Latino Coalition, at 515-865-4084 or email asianlatinocoalition@gmail.com.

Asian & Latino Coalition Co-Chairs:
Som Baccam

Edgar Ortiz

June 24, 2017

10:00 AM – West Des Moines Democrats Meeting

Regular Meeting Day:  4th Saturday of every month

WDM Library in the Community Room. Time is 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

This is an open meeting and all are welcome to attend

Summer hours at the WDM Public Library (Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend) changes the time of the WDM Democrats  meetings.

Beginning in June, the meetings will be from 10AM to Noon during the summer months.

6:00 PM – Southside Democrats Summer Picnic at Waterworks Park

Join us for an evening of summer fun with all of your favorite South Side Democrats at Waterworks Park!

Date: Saturday, June 24th
Time: 5:00pm-8:00pm
Location: Waterworks Park, South Shelter

This event is to mingle and enjoy the “calm before the storm” that will be the 2018 election cycle

*A main course for dinner will be provided. Donations are suggested but not required.

*All Democratic-friendly people from any neighborhood are invited. Elected officials who represent the South-Side are likely to attend.

*There will be NO speeches from candidates or outside groups.

*Beer and Wine are permitted at the shelter. BYOB if desired.

*Event may feature LIVE MUSIC! Stay tuned for details


June 27, 2017

5:30PM – Southside Area Democrats Meeting – Democratic Gubernatorial Forum

Date: 4th Tuesday of the month

Time5:30-7:00 pm

Location: Plumbers and Steamfitters Union, 2501 Bell Ave, Des Moines



July 1, 2017

9:00 AM – Area Democrat Leadership Breakfast and Finance Training

We will have our regular meeting followed by a finance training for area groups looking at becoming a PAC, presented by Matt Phoenix.  Please RSVP to 515-285-1800 or email polkdems@gmail.com.

July 15, 2017

9:00 AM – Toast & Roast of Mike Gronstal

Iowa Western Community College, Student Center Dining Room
2700 College Road, Council Bluffs, IA 51503

6:00 P.M. Dinner – 7:00 P.M. Program
$50.00 Per person $400.00 Table of eight
Cash bar available

Host reception: 5:00-6:00 P.M. – Reiver room (across the hall from the dining room)
Appetizers and wine will be served
$300/ Two persons      $600/ Sponsor table  (Inviting all eight persons to host reception)

Checks to be written to:
Pottawattamie County Democrats,
P.O.Box 233, Council Bluffs, IA 51502
Or purchase tickets at:
www.PottawattamieCountyDemocrats.com through ActBlue