Iowa Straw Poll Presidential Kick-Off
Breakfast and “Corn Poll”
Women’s Organizations Support “Limited Government and Free Market” Political Candidates
(St. Paul, Minnesota – August 3, 2011) – With a bumper crop of Republican candidates competing to win the Iowa Straw Poll in Ames, Iowa on Saturday, August 13, PURSE-Iowa and VOICES of Conservative Women will partner in a Presidential Kick-Off Breakfast and an hourly Corn Poll contest. Breakfast attendees will hear from the field of Presidential candidates (candidate list http://iowastrawpoll.eventbrite.com), and Straw Poll women and men attendees will visit the VOICES/PURSE tent to weigh in at the Corn Poll with a kernel or more of corn to tip the scale in support of their favorite candidate.
“Presidential candidates cannot underestimate the importance of appealing to women voters. Making sure that women are engaged in the political process is critical to our organizations, and participating in the Iowa Straw Poll is an exciting step to engage them early and to consider running for office themselves,” said Iowa House Majority Leader Representative Linda Upmeyer, Co-founder of PURSE-Iowa.
In a joint effort to ensure issues many women care about remain in the spotlight, the two conservative women’s groups are co-hosting a Presidential Kick-off Breakfast at the Gateway Inn with remarks from the candidates, Lt. Gov Kim Reynolds, Iowa Majority Leader Upmeyer and Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch.
Following the breakfast, the co-hosts will sponsor a Presidential Corn Poll at the VOICES/PURSE reception tent at the front of the Iowa Straw Poll grounds, where attendees will want obtain a kernel or more of corn to cast their vote. Since results of the corn poll will be announced hourly throughout the day, members of the media and campaigns will want to monitor the informal results and activities at the tent.
According to Rutgers University Center of American Women &
Politics, women voters outvote their male counterparts in every
election cycle. In these tough economic times, like-minded conservative
women support candidates with a disciplined message of fiscal
responsibility, limited government and free market principles. This
economic focus on bread and butter issues challenge the notion that
women only care about social issues that have been the priority of
progressive, liberal women’s organizations.
“This partnership between VOICES of Conservative Women and PURSE-Iowa marks the first time that any women’s organization is working to ensure that conservative women voters are heard early in the presidential process. It also allows us to reach out to future female candidates at all levels of government and support them with information and financial support for a successful campaign. The time has come for women to make their voices heard on the issues and candidates that will shape the future of our country.” said Jennifer DeJournett, President of VOICES of Conservative Women.
While hearing the Midwestern corn grow and kernels of corn being cast for candidates, Minnesota-based VOICES will launch its national effort to voice its support of candidates who promote fiscal responsibility, limited government and free market principles. Since its inception, VOICES has worked to encourage women to get involved in politics and has a proven track record of electing qualified candidates to office.
In Minnesota, Iowa and other battleground states, women seek the expanded presence of a conservative group that supports women candidates. In response to this demand, VOICES hopes to elevate its common sense message during campaigns and replicate its winning strategy in local and state elections. Additional details regarding the national expansion will be announced in the future.
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VOICES and PURSE- Iowa team up to empower women to make their voices heard
Saint Paul, Minnesota, June 20, 2011 –VOICES of Conservative Women (VOICES) and PURSE-Iowa are pleased to announce that they will be partnering to participate in the Iowa Straw Poll in Ames, Iowa on August 13th. The two organizations will also be co-hosting a kickoff breakfast the morning of August 13th at the Gateway Inn in Ames, Iowa.
“Women are a key to winning elections, whether you are seeking office at the local level or the office of the Presidency. Participating in the Iowa Straw Poll is important because it is time that women have a chance to have their voices heard early in the selection process,” said Jennifer DeJournett, President of VOICES of Conservative Women
“Candidates who perform well at the Iowa Straw Poll will enjoy a national boost of support and will be able to demonstrate that they can appeal to voters all across the country. Women are paying closer attention to who they will elect in 2012, especially their views on economic policy. Having a presence at the Iowa Straw Poll will allow this partnership to reach out to voters as well as insuring that the focus remains on women voters and the issues that they care about remain in the spotlight,” said Iowa House Majority Leader Representative Linda Upmeyer, co-Founder of PURSE-Iowa.
Women voters outvote their male counterparts in every election cycle. This partnership is unique because it is the first time two powerful women’s organizations are working together to facilitate making sure the voice of women voters is heard early in the presidential selection process. More details about the partnership, Iowa Straw Poll participation and the kickoff breakfast will be announced in the near future.
“Women voters were the missing
puzzle piece in 2010 and
they will again be the key to winning races in 2012 at all levels of
government. We are looking forward to the Iowa Straw Poll and
kickoff breakfast,” DeJournett said.
“Presidential candidates cannot underestimate the importance of appealing to women voters. Participating in the Iowa Straw Poll is an exciting step for both our organizations. Making sure that women are engaged in the political process is critical to both of our missions.” Upmeyer said.
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ABOUT PURSE-Iowa: PURSE-Iowa is an Iowa grassroots women’s organization committed to reaching out to women and encouraging them to get involved in the political process. PURSEPAC-Iowa supports women candidates at all levels of government who support fiscal responsibility, limited government and free market issues.
ABOUT VOICES: VOICES of Conservative Women (VOICES) is a national 501(c)4 nonpartisan women’s organization formed to help train and support the next generation of women leaders at all levels of government who support fiscal responsibility, limited government and free market principles. VOICES works to educate the general public on key issues and on the need to elect leaders who support those ideals. VOICESPAC, a 527 political fund of VOICES, works to elect women candidates who support our core principles. www.voicesofconservativewomen.org