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State Party Chairs Open Political Luncheon Series


CONTACT: Julie Rutz, IowaPolitics.com, 515-226-8774, rutz@iowapolitics.com; Rachel Paine Caufield, Drake University Department of Politics and International Relations, 515-271-1924, rachel.caufield@drake.edu

Scott Brennan, chair of the Iowa Democratic Party, and Leon Mosley, co-chair of the Iowa Republican Party, will open the new Drake-IowaPolitics.com Luncheon Series. The event will start at 11:30 a.m. Friday, March 9, on Drake University’s campus in Levitt Hall, Old Main, 2507 University Ave.

Moderated by IowaPolitics.com Des Moines Bureau Chief Chris Dorsey, the kickoff luncheon will offer a bipartisan projection of the presidential campaign and the impact of the Iowa caucuses in January 2008.

Brennan has served a number of terms on the Polk County Democratic Central Committee and was previously president of the Twenty-First Century Forum. He received his undergraduate degree from Grinnell College and his law degree from the University of Iowa. He worked for Sen. Tom Harkin in the late 1980s and more recently was president of Davis Brown Law Firm.

Mosley has been co-chair of the Iowa Republican Party since the mid-1990s and was interim party chair when Chairman Chuck Larsen Jr. served a tour of duty in Iraq. He is a retired engineer who worked at John Deere for 37 years. Mosley has served 16 years on the Black Hawk County Board of Supervisors and has been on 23 governing boards, including the National Rifle Association and Boy Scouts of America.

The Drake-IowaPolitics.com Luncheon Series provides a forum where major candidates, elected officials, major party leaders, campaign organizers, pollsters, pundits and other newsmakers can communicate directly with interested citizens as well as Drake students, faculty and staff. The series, launched less than a year before the crucial Iowa caucuses, will help focus attention on major issues and Iowa’s role in the presidential selection process — both before and after the caucuses.

The luncheons will continue on a monthly basis and will typically feature one guest.

The cost to attend is $20, and each reservation includes lunch. Doors open at 11:15 a.m. and the program will run from noon to 1 p.m. Guests must be seated by 11:45 a.m. Due to limited seating, pre-paid reservations are required.

For more information or to make a reservation, call 515-271-3747 or e-mail iowacaucuses@drake.edu.