Pella — A number of Republican candidates for office took the time to stop and speak at the Marion County Republican Convention on Saturday, March 8.
Speakers included Mariannettee Miller-Meeks, seeking Iowa's Second Congressional seat; Iowa House of Representative Candidates Guy VanderLinden, Greg Heartsill and Jon Van Wyk; Marion County Attorney Candidate Ed Bull, Marion County Supervisor Candidate Craig Agan and Sen. Ken Rozenboom. Wives of US Senate Candidate Mark Jacobs and Congressional Candidate Mark Lofgren also spoke. Representatives were also present for US Senate Candidates Sam Clovis and Joni Ernst.
Marion County Republican Secretary Angie Heartsill said the convention was successful. She was pleased with the attendance, as there were 45 delegates and two junior delegates present.
Marion County elected 27 delegates and 11 alternates to send to the District Convention April 26 in Ottumwa. The State Convention is June 15 in Des Moines.
Prior to the county conventions, AJ Spiker, Chair of the Republican Party of Iowa, announced he was stepping down from the role. Heartsill said this had no impact on the local party. She added that she is hopeful that Spiker's successor will be Danny Carroll.
Heartsill believes that the Marion County Republicans moved a number of solid planks for the party's platform forward. Leadership roles for the next stage of the process were accepted by T. Waldmann-Williams, Platform Committee; Luke Martz, Rules Committee; Steve Bailey, Credentialing and Permanent Organization.
The District Convention will be used to refine platform proposals before moving suggestions on to the State Convention.