On the Trail

Rural Power advocates had a busy 4th of July week, meeting with 2016 presidential candidates on the trail in Iowa.

On the Democratic side, advocates joined Gov. Martin O’Malley (D-MD) as he toured the Des Moines Area Community College’s wind turbine learning facility. During the visit, Gov. O’Malley told advocates about his plan to have 100 percent of America’s electricity provided by renewable energy by 2050. Advocates also attended Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (D-VT) campaign stop in Sioux City, where Sanders pledged his support for solar and wind projects.

Rural Power advocates successfully met with Republican Candidates Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on the campaign trail. Rural Power advocates were able to have an extended conversation with Sen. Cruz, who was attending a fundraiser in support of Iowa State Senator Bill Anderson.

Co-op Advocates Set to Attend First Major Democratic Event of 2016

Rural Power advocates will attend the Iowa Democratic Party’s Hall of Fame event next week in Cedar Rapids to raise awareness of the need to provide reliable and affordable electricity. The event is the first major Democratic event of 2016, with Hillary Clinton, Martin O’Malley, Bernie Sanders, and Lincoln Chafee confirmed to speak. Earlier in the year, advocates attended Sen. Joni Ernst’s “Roast and Ride” fundraiser, which featured seven Republican candidates.