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Drake lunch provides forum for politics, public affairs

Drake alumni and political experts Jeff Link and Will Rogers will lead a discussion on current affairs and campaigns on Wednesday, Oct. 13.

The open to the public event is part of Drake’s fall Let’s DU Lunch series and will be held at All Play, 615 Third St. in downtown Des Moines. Networking begins at 11:30 a.m., followed by the lecture and luncheon at noon.

Link, who earned a law degree from Drake in 2002, works as an Iowa-based political and public affairs consultant. He managed Iowa senator Tom Harkin’s successful 1996 reelection campaign and served as chief of staff for the senator’s Washington, D.C., office until 1999.

In 2001, Link won the National Moot Court Championship in New York City. During his time at Drake, he founded Link Strategies and ran the 2000 Gore-Lieberman Iowa campaign. Recently, he served as a media consultant for Obama’s 2008 campaign.

Rogers, director of government affairs for the Iowa Nebraska Equipment Dealers Association, served in the U.S. Army as an M-1 tank crewman and served in combat operations as part of Desert Shield-Desert Storm. While serving as field staff for Dr. Greg Ganske’s 1994 campaign for congress, Rogers worked towards his Drake degree, which he received in 1996.

In 2003, Rogers became the first full-time executive director for the Polk County Republican Party. He also managed Congressman Tom Latham’s campaign.

Drake and the Greater Des Moines Partnership sponsor Let’s DU Lunch. Tickets cost $17 per lunch, and reservations are recommended due to limited seating.

The series will conclude Wednesday, Nov. 3, with a presentation on public defense by Brigadier General Timothy Orr. For more information or to register for Let’s DU Lunch, contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at 515-271-3147.