Over the past several weeks, Rural Power has increased its interactions with 2016 presidential candidates on the campaign trail in Iowa and has grown its grassroots presence in other early-voting states. Top-level candidates sent Congressional surrogates and energy policy advisors to participate in Rural Power’s recent forum in Washington, D.C., while Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) held a major campaign event at a co-op facility in Iowa. In each of these interactions, Rural Power’s message remains the same: What can you do to provide safe, affordable and reliable electricity across the nation?
2016 CAMPAIGNS ATTEND RURAL POWER OPEN HOUSE
Representatives from several 2016 presidential campaigns attended an open house earlier this month in Washington D.C., where they were given the opportunity to discuss their candidate’s plan to provide safe, affordable and reliable energy with Rural Power advocates from Iowa and other Midwestern states.
Representatives for Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush, Bernie Sanders, Marco Rubio, Martin O’Malley, Ben Carson, Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruz were on hand to share their energy policy platforms and answer questions from the advocates in attendance. Each campaign was supportive of the co-op model and encouraged advocates to continue interacting with their candidate at local events.
GEORGIA RURAL POWER LAUNCHED
Last week was the official kickoff meeting for Georgia Rural Power advocates. Advocates in Georgia received information on the Rural Power program, a briefing on the state of the 2016 race and green shirts for their engagements on the campaign trail
CANDIDATES HOLD EVENTS AT IOWA CO-OPS
In addition to engaging candidates on the campaign trail, many co-ops have opened their doors to host candidate town halls. Gov. Bobby Jindal used this opportunity to hold town halls with member-consumers at Raccoon Valley Electric Cooperative and Nishnabotna Electric Cooperative. The Rural Power program welcomes all campaigns to join us for a meaningful discussion on energy policy.