Seven Questions for Iowa Democratic Party Chair Candidates

Seven concise questions for the seven people hoping to lead Iowa Democrats forward. -promoted by desmoinesdem

Thanks for all your comments on my recent post about what we should be looking for in the new IDP Chair. As a continuation of my effort to help vet the candidates, I’m writing this post and asking all the candidates for Chair to submit their answers to questions that will help us determine who the right person is for the job. I’m a neutral observer and have no vote since I’m not on the State Central Committee, but I’m keenly interested in picking a person who has the capacity and skills to lead us forward.

I plan to create a new post here on Bleeding Heartland on Sunday, December 11 with all the responses I receive as of that date. SCC candidates, please send me your responses in a Word Document or an email. My email is: Thanks ~ Claire Celsi

SCC Chair Candidate Questions:

1. Do you have political experience in Iowa Democratic politics? Please succinctly list relevant qualifications.

2. What experience do you have raising money for an organization? What works? What creates problems for fundraising?

3. Tell me about a time when you put in some extra effort to help move a particular project or task forward. How did you do that?

4. Tell me about a time when you had to communicate a change or a difficult message. How did you do it?

5. What skills or qualities are important for dealing effectively with people who disagree with you? Give an example of a time when you handled this type of situation.

6. What is your management philosophy?

7. How would you go about preserving Iowa’s First in the Nation caucuses?

About the Author(s)

Claire Celsi

  • First in nation?

    Why does that last question belong on this list? Are we more interested in winning races or in being courted by national candidates?

    • it's important to a lot of people

      Preserving first in the nation status will always be a focus for the Iowa Democratic and Republican leaders. I am skeptical we will be able to stay first in line, but I’m sure the SCC members will want to hear a plan for that.

  • I like Clair's questions.

    I like these questions. I think Senator Gronstal would score high on all of them. What an amazing opportunity to get someone of Senator Gronstal’s caliber. Senator Gronstal is the current chair of the National Conference of State Legislatures. If I had a vote on the SCC, I’d vote for Senator Gronstal.

  • Only thing I'd add.

    Is the question of exactly why they think the party is having so much trouble connecting with rural and working class voters, and what can be done about it. I really worry that the position will go to someone who may be experienced and technically competent, but who believes we can win with nothing but more money and slicker messaging.