Congratulations to Eric Palmer and Tom Rielly

Last week Senator Tom Harkin announced the winners of his "Building Blue" contest.

Apparently Oskaloosa residents were well-represented among the more than 5,000 Iowans who voted, because Representative Eric Palmer (HD 75) and Senator Tom Rielly (SD 38) were the winners. They will each receive $5,000 from Harkin's campaign fund.

They already received $2,000 from Harkin's fund for advancing to the final round of the contest, as did the other Democratic House and Senate candidates listed here.

Both Palmer and Rielly are first-term incumbents being targeted by Republicans. We should be able to hold both seats, especially since the Obama campaign has a field office up and running in Oskaloosa already. But we'll need all hands on deck, so chip in to their campaigns if you can, and volunteer if you live in the area.

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