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Iowa Representative Mark Smith to Give Don Kemp Memorial Lecture
Iowa Rep. Mark Smith

Luther College will host Iowa Representative Mark Smith as keynote speaker for the annual Don Kemp Memorial lecture, which honors the life of Luther College social work faculty member Don Kemp.

The lecture, which is open to the public with no charge for admission, will be held at 4:30 p.m.Tuesday, May 2 in Baker Commons (in the Baker Village on the Luther campus on the East side of College Drive).

In his talk, Social Workers Stand Up, Smith will discuss the connection between social work and social policy, and how he has embodied this in his career as a social worker and elected official.

Smith's career has given him a unique perspective on the intersection of social policy and social welfare services. His work as a policy maker has been heavily influenced by his time as a social worker, as he was instrumental in advancing social policy in child welfare. In his public service, Smith's work has been dedicated to introducing and implementing these policies at the state level.

An Osceola native, Smith is serving his eighth term in the Iowa House of Representatives and is the house democratic leader. He holds a bachelor's degree in social work from Graceland College and a master's degree in social work from the University of Iowa.

Before entering public service, Smith worked with children and families suffering from substance abuse and mental illness. He was director of special projects at the Substance Abuse Treatment Unit of Central Iowa in Marshalltown.

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How will the new Voter ID law affect Democrats' Get Out the Vote efforts? When will the law go into effect? 

These and other questions will be answered by Winneshiek County Auditor Ben Steines on Thursday, April 27th at 6:30 PM at the UCC Church, 209 W Broadway. 

All interested Democrats are welcome to attend. The Central Committee meeting will follow at 7:15 and everyone is invited to stay if they wish. Topics to be discussed include plans for the county Fair Booth and parades. 

2017 Winneshiek County Caucus

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Iowa has national notoriety for its caucuses in presidential election years. Caucus goers select a favored candidate in these first in the nation caucuses. But caucuses have other purposes, and Iowa Democrats hold caucuses every year in every county. Winneshiek County Democrats held their caucus on Thursday, March 30th, 7:30 PM at the UCC Fellowship Hall. 
The platform, which was approved at the 2016 County Convention, was discussed and people offered amendments to add to, subtract from, or improve a plank. People may view the platform here
Following the close of the caucus, the new Central Committee members held a brief organizational meeting to elect County officers. Elected were Matt Tapscott, Chairperson; Nathan Thompson, Vice- Chairperson; Boyd Wasson, Treasurer; Carl Haakenstad, Recording Secretary; and Barb Dale, Correspondence Secretary.

New Winneshiek County Committee Members 2017

John Lof, Alex Sekora, and Matt Anderson, all of Luther College; Sonja Sola, Decorah, and Clara Muggli-Toyloy, Freeport, were elected as new Central Committee members.

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