Obama campaign highlights rural outreach and small-town offices

The Obama campaign is officially launching field offices in six small towns today, and Senator Tom Harkin is speaking with reporters by conference call about the Obama campaign's rural outreach. In addition,

the Obama Iowa Campaign for Change is kicking off its series of Rural Roundtable Discussions in Washington and Algona [on August 12]. To find out more, please visit: http://ia.barackobama.com/IAru... To read Senator Obama's comprehensive plan to strengthen rural America, please visit: http://www.barackobama.com/iss...

The new offices are located in Carroll, Grinnell, Indianola, Iowa Falls, Muscatine and Spencer. They bring the number of Obama field offices in Iowa to 26 (including two in Des Moines).

Since the first wave of office launches last month, field offices have been opened in West Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Creston and Tipton, as well as in the small towns being highlighted in today's conference call. A press release from the campaign states that four more field offices will open next week but does not say where.

Note that many of Obama's offices are located in battleground House and Senate districts. For instance, the Grinnell office is in House district 75 and Senate district 38. Iowa Falls is in House district 44 and Senate district 22. The West Des Moines office could help in House district 59.

I am still unclear on what, if anything, staffers in Obama field offices will be doing for the down-ticket candidates. For instance, I don't know whether voter IDs on candidates other than Obama are being collected, and I don't know whether there are plans for phone bankers and canvassers to mention the statehouse and Congressional races in their voter contacts. There is a danger that Obama's GOTV will mobilize supporters who either leave the down-ticket ballot lines blank or (even worse) vote Republican down-ticket.

If you are volunteering in one of Obama's field offices, I'd love to hear from you about any efforts related to the Congressional or statehouse races. You can either post a diary or a comment on this blog, or send me a confidential e-mail (desmoinesdem AT yahoo.com).

After the jump, I put a press release announcing today's office openings as well as a full list of Obama's Iowa field offices, along with their addresses and phone numbers (if available). I added the name of the county and the Congressional district where each office is located.

By the way, the Iowa page of John McCain's official campaign website now lists six offices: a state headquarters in Urbandale (which is also a field office covering southeast Iowa), Council Bluffs, Ames, Davenport, Dubuque, and Marion (suburb of Cedar Rapids). I don't know how many more McCain field offices are planned, if any.

TUESDAY: Senator Harkin to Hold Conference Call to Discuss Obama Iowa Campaign for Change Rural Office Openings

The Obama Iowa Campaign for Change Will Open Additional Offices Across Rural Iowa to Engage Iowans in Every Part of the State

Des Moines, Iowa - Tomorrow, at 9:30 AM CDT Senator Tom Harkin will hold a conference call with reporters to discuss Senator Obama's commitment to reaching out to Iowans in rural communities. Tomorrow, the Obama Iowa Campaign for Change will open six additional offices in rural Iowa. In addition to its previously announced offices, the Campaign for Change recently opened offices in Tipton and Creston, will be opening six offices in rural Iowa tomorrow, and will open four more offices in rural Iowa next week.  

"We are excited to be opening even more offices across rural Iowa, so more Iowans have the opportunity to get involved in our campaign to fix Washington and bring real change to America," said Obama Iowa State Director Jackie Norris.  "Senator Obama has traveled across Iowa and understands the challenges facing rural communities.  As President, he will fight to revitalize rural economies, bring good jobs to rural communities and make sure every American has access to quality, affordable health care."

Today, the Obama Iowa Campaign for Change is kicking off its series of Rural Roundtable Discussions in Washington and Algona. To find out more, please visit: http://ia.barackobama.com/IAru... To read Senator Obama's comprehensive plan to strengthen rural America, please visit: http://www.barackobama.com/iss...

The details of tomorrow's conference call and office openings are below.  Details of additional office openings will be released when available.


Conference Call with Senator Tom Harkin

9:30 AM CDT

For call-in information, please email Jenni Lee at Jennifer.Lee@barackobama.com

Carroll Office Opening

7:30 PM CDT

225 W 4th St.

Carroll, Iowa 51401

Grinnell Office Opening

7:00 PM CDT

829 Commercial St.

Grinnell, Iowa 50112

Indianola Office Opening

5:30 PM CDT

605 N. Jefferson Way

Indianola, Iowa 50125

Iowa Falls Office Opening

7:30 PM CDT

210 Main St.

Iowa Falls, Iowa 50126

Muscatine Office Opening

6:00 PM CDT

106 E 2nd Street

Muscatine, Iowa 52761

Spencer Office Opening

6:00 PM CDT

301 Grand Ave

Spencer, Iowa 51301



August 11, 2008

CONTACT: Jenni Lee, (515) 447-4611  

Contact information for the 26 Obama field offices in Iowa:


Ames Office (Story County, 4th Congressional district)

303 Welch Ave Suite 103 and 108

Ames, IA


Burlington Office (Des Moines County, 2nd district)

414 N. 3rd Street

Burlington, IA


Carroll Office (Carroll County, 5th district)

7:30 PM CDT

225 W 4th St.

Carroll, Iowa 51401

Cedar Rapids Office (Linn County, 2nd district)

1229 1st Ave SE

Cedar Rapids, IA


Council Bluffs Office (Pottawattamie County, 5th district)

117 N 16th St.

Council Bluffs, IA


Creston Office (Union County, 5th district)

209 N. Maple Street

Creston, IA


Davenport Office (Scott County, 1st district)

901 E. Kimberly Rd. Unit 22

Davenport, IA

Des Moines Headquarters (Polk County, 3rd district)

420 Watson Powell Jr Way

Des Moines, IA


Des Moines Volunteer Field Office (Polk County, 3rd district)

1408 Locust St.

Des Moines, IA


Dubuque Office (Dubuque County, 1st district)

2600 Dodge St. Ste B4

Dubuque, IA


Fort Dodge Office (Webster County, 4th district)

33 N 12th St.

Fort Dodge, IA


Grinnell Office (Poweshiek County, 3rd district)

7:00 PM CDT

829 Commercial St.

Grinnell, Iowa 50112

Independence Office (Buchanan County, 1st district)

204 1st Street East

Independence, IA


Indianola Office (Warren County, 4th district)

605 N Jefferson Way

Indianola, IA


Iowa City Office (Johnson County, 2nd district)

625 S. Dubuque St.

Iowa City, IA


Iowa Falls Office (Hardin County, 4th district)

210 Main Street

Iowa Falls, IA


Mason City Office (Cerro Gordo County, 4th district)

517 1st NW

Mason City, IA


Marshalltown Office (Marshall County, 4th district)

12 West Main St.

Marshalltown, IA


Muscatine Office (Muscatine County, 2nd district)

106 E 2nd Street

Muscatine, IA


Oskaloosa Office (Mahaska County, 3rd district)

206 N Market St

Oskaloosa, IA


Ottumwa Office (Wapello County, 2nd district)

226 W Main Suite 203

Ottumwa, IA


Sioux City Office (Woodbury County, 3rd district)

506 Nebraska St.

Sioux City, IA


Spencer Office (Clay County, 5th district)

301 Grand Ave

Spencer, IA

Tipton Office (Cedar County, 2nd district)

505 Cedar Street

Tipton, IA

Waterloo Office (Black Hawk County, 1st district)

500 Jefferson Street, Suite A

Waterloo, IA


West Des Moines Office (Polk County, 3rd district)

1309 50th St

West Des Moines, IA


  • Speaking from experience on this...

    ...I can tell you that at least in Virginia, where I (a transplanted Iowan) now live, we've been canvassing for all three federal candidates in my locale.  I live in VA-10 for Congress, and our canvassing under the Obama campaign has been for Obama, Mark Warner, and Judy Feder who is the Democrat challenging 28-year incumbent Rethug Frank Wolf.  And the canvassing includes marking down who people are supporting for Senate and House, assuming they're willing to talk to us at all and then willing to reveal their preferences.

    So I suspect the Obama canvassing in Iowa will be similar, with Obama headlining but sharing the "canvassing stage" with down-ballot Democrats.

    Of course it's easier in Virginia where state and local elections are in odd years, and we have only federal races (except for the odd special election) in even years.  In Iowa it's a bit more complicated with the state legislative and local races crammed into the mix.  But I'd be surprised if at least state legislative races weren't tested in the canvassing.  It really doesn't take long to go through the questions.

    • thanks and good luck

      with your volunteer work. I was just reading that Obama has something like 29 field offices in Virginia. Any idea what kind of ground game McCain is putting together?

      Also, can you tell how much effort is being put into new voter registration in Virginia?

      An Obama win in your state would make it very hard for McCain to get to 270 electoral votes.

  • canvassing for Obama

    I've been canvassing for Obama exactly once, so my experience might not typical. According to the brief training I received, Saturdays are "Barak and Becky Day," meaning as far as I can tell on Saturdays they ask for both Obama and Greenwald, the rest of the days they just ask about Obama. The form we were using on Thursday just had Obama on it.

    The state legislators weren't on it at all. But both of my state legislators are democrats and are probably fairly safe. I don't think that Jack Kibbie even has an opponent this time around.  

    • now I'm more confused

      Someone with more experience running campaigns will have to explain to me the logic of asking only about Obama six days of the week but asking about Greenwald too on Saturdays.

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