Rural Power out in full force at the Iowa Jefferson-Jackson Dinner

Rural Power advocates out in full force for the Iowa Jefferson-Jackson Dinner

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Rural Power advocates dominated the Iowa Democratic Party’s annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner over the weekend, advocating for co-ops across the nation by encouraging candidates to support safe, affordable and reliable power for all Americans. Rural Power advocates, including nearly 20 Electric Cooperative Youth Tour students, attended the dinner, pre-event rallies and receptions with party activists.

Before the event, pop star Katy Perry performed on behalf of Hillary Clinton, with a special introduction by former President Bill Clinton. Rural Power advocates then staffed a Rural Power booth,

giving dinner attendees information on the co-op movement, stickers to show their support and a chance to take a photo with a cutout of President Roosevelt – who signed the Rural Electrification Act into law in 1936.

Rural Power advocates with former Gov. Martin O'Malley at the Iowa Democratic Party's annual dinner.

Rural Power advocates with former Gov. Martin O’Malley at the Iowa Democratic Party’s annual dinner.

The Rural Power program’s presence at events like the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner is an important way that the program is educating presidential candidates, activists and the media on the importance of co-ops across the nation.

Youth Tour student and Rural Power advocate Jordan Pope summarized why he’s active in the program, saying:

“I believe that the Rural Power movement is a key way for REC’s to band together and build a loud voice. What separates this from any others groups is that Rural Power is presented by the members themselves. Candidates see real people with real problems that need to be addressed. Rural Power gives coops a voice that we have never had before, and the best part is that anyone can be a part of it and build to making a difference.”

Rural Power attends RFD-TV taping with Sec. Tom Vilsack and Carly Fiorina

Rural Power advocates are proud to be a part of RFD-TV’s ongoing Rural Town Hall series. Last week, advocates attended town hall tapings with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina.

In response to a question from Raccoon Valley Electric Co-Op in Glidden, IA, Fiorina reiterated her support for a rural America, saying:

“…rural America is a hugely important part of this nation’s potential. That rural Iowa, in particular, is not only a hugely important piece of this nation’s potential, but it has a hugely vital role to play in the world.”

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