Workshop 2021

Building a Blue Bench in Iowa

Session 1 – Saturday, August 28, 2021

Session 2 – Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Session 3 – Sunday, September 26, 2021

Session 4 – Sunday, October 10, 2021


To share the latest strategies, election cycle changes, and challenges for 2021/2022 election cycle in the Third Congressional District virtually via Zoom

Target Audience

Local Democratic leadership, candidates, county central committee members, local activists, and Democratic caucus members


Registration includes access to all sessions live or recorded; this includes if you register anytime during the series of virtual workshops.  Upon registration you will be given a link and password to participate live or to access CD3 website workshop recordings.  We strongly recommend registration by Friday, August 27th at noon to ensure you receive early access information.  We asked for a suggested $15 donation.

Register here

Passcodes for the following session recordings will be emailed to registered participants:

Session 1
Session 2
Session 3
Session 4

Auction Fundraiser

The CD3 IDP district committee is sponsoring a CD3 IDP website “County Baskets Auction.” We are inviting everyone to view and place a bid on unique and wonderful county baskets creations. The winning bids for the baskets will be announced at the last workshop in this series.

Visit the auction page

Session 1

Saturday, August 28, 2021   1:00 – 3:00 pm

Bill Brauch

3rd District Vice Chair


Cindy Axne

US Representative – IA 3


Dave and Donna Langer

Urbandale Area Democrats

“Neighbor to Neighbor” Program

Describe strategies to increase involvement in local precincts GOTV efforts.

Bill Brauch

3rd District Vice Chair

Jaimie Fitzgerald

Polk County Auditor

Understanding Iowa Voting Law Changes

Learn how the Republicans made voting more difficult in Iowa.

Session 2

Wednesday, September 15, 2021   6:00 – 8:00 pm

Marsha Pilger

3rd District Vice Chair

Sharing Fundraising Ideas/ Panel Discussion

Increase awareness of successful fundraising ideas.

William Schoenberger


Building Your Bench Panel

Develop an understanding of how to ask and support potential candidates and/or needs they may have

David McFarland

Platform Development Cycle & Tips

The cycle and tips in developing county platforms

Session 3

Sunday, September 26, 2021   4:00 – 6:00 pm

Bill Brauch

Plenary Session

  • (Video) Ross Wilburn – IDP Update
  • (Video) DNC Update

Judy Downs

New Iowa Project (Voter Registration)

Jan Norris/IDP/Panel

County Party Leadership Training

Overview of County Party Leadership roles and responsibility

Session 4

Sunday, October 10, 2021   4:00 – 6:00 pm

Marsha Pilger

& John Davis

Silent Auction County Baskets Results

Bill Brauch

Using Robert’s Rules of Order

Increase understanding of what and how to use rules during official meetings

State Senator Pam Jochum


Chris Adcock

Late-Breaking Hot Topics

  • State Senate Update
  • Redistricting Update
  • 2020 Debrief Update
  • Hughes Project Update