38 Days to Victory
No, It Isn’t About Me…
Today was the Third Congressional District Democratic Convention in Creston. I was given the opportunity to speak to a packed room of alternate delegates who were waiting to be seated. Following my stump speech I made the decision to take questions in an open forum. The room came alive with issues ranging from health care to transportation, education and…water quality.
A women, whom I had never met, quietly sat, and in a raspy voice, asked what I might do to force the Federal Government into releasing data about the water quality in her home. “The water is full of chemicals and those chemicals, I believe, have an impact on health. As you can hear from my voice, my throat is always sore and I worry about what I am drinking. Is there any way that you can help me? Help my family?”
As I was walking toward her, so I might better hear, she stood, reached out and openly wept.
I was moved.
People, this election is not about me. This election is about us. It is about creating a safe environment. It is about caring for the people. It is about doing the right thing. There are real consequences when Democrats fail to get elected. This is but one example.
I ask you for your support. I ask you to help me help the people of Iowa’s Third Congressional District. Let’s change the dynamic in Washington DC and bring hope and comfort to our citizens who are hurting. We can unseat David Young in November. We can do this. For those of you in that room, this was a defining moment. This is why I am running to become your congressman.
Desmund with Cornel West and Donna Brazile - No One Questions These Progressives
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People Get Ready - Progressive Values Headed to Creston
Even if you’re not going to the Democratic District Convention tomorrow in Creston there is something you should know…a true progressive will be among you. Desmund Adams doesn’t need to pretend he is a progressive he’s lived it his entire life. And, moving forward into this campaign to unseat David Young he’s counting on progressive Democrats just like you who say “Yes!” to these issues he put forward on July 20, 2015, long before others found comfort in them!
- The Livable Wage of $15 an Hour – Desmund is not backing down;
- Free Education – He understands what a college education can mean and will fight for this;
- Student Debt Reform – It makes no sense that people cannot refinance their student debt;
- Equal Pay for Equal Work – There are no shades of equal;
- Voting Rights - Progressives have fought and died over this, there is no turning back;
- Climate Change is Real – Progressives who believe this back Desmund;
- Rural Re-Investment – There is real opportunity for the Third District with his plan;
- Campaign Finance Reform – When the top 1% buys elections…something is wrong;
- Saving Social Security – Lift the Cap…it’s not that difficult;
- Health Care and Mental Health – We need to move to a single payer program in our time.
If you want a candidate who will carry the issues you care about to Washington DC seek Desmund out. Visit with him about his passion for progressive action.
Finally, this is about winning. Because of the vast coalition Desmund has built among the Youth, the “Super-Progressives” the Latinos and the African-Americans we have a coalition that cannot be beaten in November. We will, with your help, beat David Young in November.
Desmund Adams is not a “Blue-Dog Democrat” that changed his color just to run for office. For Desmund, progressive values have been part of his soul…for decades.
Desmund making his point at the Congressional Forum in Johnston
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The Difference Is…
Yesterday there was a Third District Democratic Forum hosted by the Johnston and Urbandale Democrats. We followed the story line about the event from The Iowa Starting Line where they said, “By and large all three candidates repeatedly came down on the same side of every major issue discussed…”
Yes and we’ve been telling you that for weeks and weeks. There is nearly zero difference in the three candidates seeking the opportunity to represent you in Iowa’s Third Congressional District. But, being the “same” doesn’t cut it.
What else did The Iowa Starting Line write? “Adams gave the most dramatic performance of the night…” THAT friends is what wins in November. What candidate can inspire? What candidate can bring new and fresh faces to the voting booth? What candidate has the experience and the passion to move voters to a People First Campaign? Desmund Adams!
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Rise Up and Be Counted!
We’ve got just a few weeks left before the primary on June 7th. We need you. Our volunteer coordinator is, tonight, calling our list and asking for several important things from you:
- Phone Calls in your County
- Yard Sign Locations
- Funding or Mailings
- Get Out The Vote Workers
This is what will make the difference and how we will win. We have built this amazing coalition and what we lack in dollars we are abundant in workers who believe in The People First Campaign.
Desmund with Brad and Christine Schwanda (UAW Region 4)
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Who Can Carry the Union Message?
This week we received the official letter from the United Auto Workers (UAW) that they have endorsed Desmund in his bid for the United States Congress and we are grateful. It is not surprising because Desmund gives voice to workers no matter their place in society. “I have, passionately, campaigned for a livable wage. I have campaigned for equal pay for equal work. I have stood with labor leaders in the past and will stand with them going forward. I realize when the workers of Iowa’s Third Congressional District are accorded respect and a living wage they help move our nation and our economy forward. What has been done, by Republicans, to tear at the fabric of our working people can not be left unchecked!”
Those are the words of Desmund Adams a progressive candidate for Iowa’s Third Congressional District. Desmund is the “People First Candidate” that can win in November.
Let's DO this!
75% of students in the Des Moines Independent School District are on free or reduced lunch. Their parents cannot afford to write a check to the campaign.
Nearly 75% of the families with children in the Des Moines School District are on free and reduced lunch. They will vote for Desmund on June 7th but they can't write checks to the campaign.
The choice is yours.
Our children need the best education possible - Congressman Adams will fight to fund K-12
Make America Dumb?
Congress is doing its best to dumb America down. That’s correct, federal funding of K-12 education has been cut by nearly 20% over the past five years. That is about five times the cuts in over all federal spending cuts.
That is shameful.
When Democrats lose…people get hurt and this is another example.
Desmund Adams will fight for restoring federal funding for education because it’s not only critical for the future but also…the right thing to do.
Help us get Desmund to Washington to restore our commitment to education!
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50 Supporters Co-Host Fundraiser
The Adams for Congress campaign will be having a Meet and Greet Fundraiser tonight, April 14th. The event is being co-hosted by 50 endorsers and supporters including key Latino leadership, numerous elected officials and several community activists.
Co-hosts for the event include:
Gabe De la Cerda
Luisita Dona Thompson
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Desmund brought a powerful message of challenge and hope at today's Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity's Midwest Regional Convention Community Outreach Luncheon. It is important to note that Desmund was not asked to speak because he is running for public office. He was selected to speak at the very prestigious gathering because of his legacy of impact, especially in improving the lives of our youth. The Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity not only includes some of Black America's most prominent men but many of America's most prominent leaders beginning with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.
Time To Raise Money!
We have built a strong coalition. Now it is time to start raising money to pay for the things we need to close out our campaign – yard signs, postage, advertising, etc..
To kick off our fundraising in earnest two of our supporters Fred Hubbell and Tim Urban have stepped forward. Below is a copy of the letter they have sent out to a very potent list of potential contributors:
Attached to this email is an introduction to Desmund Adams, Democratic Candidate for 3rd District Congress. Please open the story of Desmund Adams. Desmund is a very well-qualified and charismatic candidate who we believe can defeat David Young, the Republican incumbent, in November and give us a Representative who will represent our values. Desmund's Story describes how, as a young man and father, he faced challenges and has matured. As a successful businessman and caring father today, his story shows how humility can overcome adversity--a rare quality in today's public arena.
The Adams for Congress campaign has built a strong, diverse coalition to win Polk County and hold its own in the remainder of the 3rd Congressional District--the southwest quadrant of the State. As a prior candidate who narrowly lost a Senate race in Dallas County during an off year, Desmund can compete for, if not win, Dallas County--a key to winning the 3rd District!! Iowa Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal faces a challenge in Council Bluffs, increasing the likelihood of a strong democratic voting turnout, aiding the Adams for Congress campaign. While other candidates have focused on fund-raising, Desmund has focused on building a potent team to narrow the margins of G.O.P. victories in the remaining rural counties.
Winning the Primary Election
The key to winning the Third Congressional District primary June 7 is to secure the votes of 10,000 to 12,000 Democrats, primarily in Polk, Warren and Dallas Counties. Desmund's campaign has embraced building coalitions of supporters and organizing a ground game. Adams for Congress has put together a diverse coalition mirroring President Obama's successful 2012 campaign, especially reaching three groups of Democrats that currently feel isolated: Progressives, young voters and racial and ethnic minorities, especially African Americans and Latinos. Not only has he compiled an impressive list of endorsers but he's secured an army of workers committed to going door-to-door, phone calling and voter registration, voter identification and voter turnout.
NOW THAT DESMUND HAS BUILT HIS CAMPAIGN ORGANIZATION HE NEEDS FUNDS FOR TRADITIONAL MEDIA EXPENSES. FRED HUBBELL AND I HAVE MAXED OUT AND ARE ASKING YOU TO MAKE A CONTRIBUTION TO HIS CAMPAIGN. WHETHER A MAXIMUM OF $2,700 OR $100, WE WELCOME YOUR SUPPORT. To make that donation click here.
Please let us know if you can help us support Desmund Adams for Congress.
Tim Urban and Fred Hubbell
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Our message is gaining momentum!
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What’s In A Name
The key to winning the June 7th Third Congressional District primary and general election is putting in the work.
Desmund starts working on the campaign early in the morning. Typically this time is spent studying issues and preparing for the day’s demands. His work doesn’t end, however, when he stops calling voters sometime after 8:00 p.m. He then resumes his study of issues, responds to emails and Facebook messages and plans the next day’s activities.
Of course his daily routine includes attending a great number of events, meetings, and party functions…Just this evening he participated in an Eastside Democrats Congressional Candidate Forum along with Mike Sherzan. Jim Mowrer declined participating.
Prior to the Forum Desmund was updating his list of endorsers and supporters following his interview with Kathie Obradovich of the Des Moines Register yesterday (see the video at: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/topic/c9b848ac-f347-49c9-b9bf-9db165f9f44a/).
Desmund thought adding a name or two to his published list of 45 endorsers and supporters would be a simple task. He soon realized the list would swell since he has an April 14th fundraiser coming up with 50 co-sponsors for the event.
As the list grew Desmund not only realized how many endorsers and supporters he has; he realized they represent a very, very broad coalition.
It has been one thing to say it but to actually see the diversity of support, name-by-name, was another. As the list grew he even considered putting together the list and breaking supporters into categories. For example every member of the Des Moines School Board has endorsed Desmund. A majority of Des Moines based Democrats serving in the Iowa House of Representatives have endorsed Desmund. More than 50 Black ministers have endorsed Desmund as have several leaders in the Latino community. Desmund has strong geographic representation from the Eastside, Southside, South of Grand, Beaverdales, the Urban Core, rural Iowa, etc…So it seemed for a moment a good idea to break endorsers and supporters into subgroups.
He finally decided to present them in alphabetical order beginning with the campaign chair and co-chairs, then endorsers and supporters with titles and finally endorsers and supporters but without titles attached. He stopped at 100 names.
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Campaign Chair & Co–Chairs1. Hon. Jo Ann Zimmerman – Former Iowa Lt. Governor, Campaign Chair
2. Fred Buie – Former Chair, Iowa Association of Business and Industry, Campaign Co–Chair
3. Joe Henry – National VP LULAC, Campaign Co–Chair
4. Hon. Louis Lavorato – Former Chief Justice, Iowa Supreme Court, Campaign Co–Chair
5. Andrea Rivera – Retired, International Representative for United Auto Workers (UAW), Campaign Co–Chair
(In Alphabetical Order)6. United Auto Workers Union (UAW)
7. Hon. Ako Abdul–Samad – Iowa House Assistant Minority Leader & Chair of the Iowa Democratic Party Black Caucus
8. Hon. Marti Anderson – Iowa State Representative
9. Betty Andrews – President, Betty Andrews Media
10. Hon. Rob Barron – Des Moines School Board, President
11. Art Behn – Chair, Dallas County Democrats
12. Hon. Connie Boesen – Des Moines School Board
13. Mary Campos – Co–Founder Iowa Brown and Black Presidential Forum
14. Linda Carter Lewis – Former President, NAACP
15. Dr. Mary Chapman – Education Leader
16. Hon. Gregg Connell – Former Mayor, Shenandoah
17. Mark Cooper – Organized Labor Leader
18. Broderick Daye – Probation Officer/Community Activist
19. Superintendent R.L. Daye – Pastor of New Friendship COGIC
20. Dr. Paul Danforth, Mental Health Leader
21. Cindy Elsbernd – Des Moines School Board
22. Tim Ennis – Former Chair, Adams County Democrats
23. Ed Fallon – Former Iowa State Representative
24. Beau Fodor – LGBT Community Activist
25. Wayne Ford – Former Iowa State Representative & Co–Founder Iowa Brown and Black Presidential Forum
26. Hon. Ruth Ann Gaines – Iowa State Representative
27. Hon. Felix Gallagher – Des Moines Area Community College Board Director
28. Phil Hall – Corporate Leader
29. Hon. Jack Hatch – Former Iowa State Senator & 2014 Gubernatorial Candidate
30. Mitch Henry – Community Activist
31. Hon. Zach Henry – Windsor Heights City Council
32. Charlotte Hubbell – Community Leader
33. Fred Hubbell – Community Leader
34. Hon. Josh Hughes – Interstate 35 School Board At–Large Director
35. Hon. Suzette Jensen – Former Des Moines School Board
36. Hon. Teree Caldwell-Johnson – Des Moines School Board, Vice President
37. Max Knauer – Community Activist
39. Ruth LaPointe – VP Southside Democrats
40. Mary Madison – Community Leader
41. Reyma McDeid – Executive Director, Central Iowa Center for Independent Living
42. Hon. Brian Meyer – Iowa State Representative
43. Hon. Heather Anderson Morrow – Des Moines School Board
44. Hon. Dick Murphy – Former Des Moines School Board President
45. Hon. Jonathan Narcisse – Former Des Moines School Board Member
46. Hon. Jon Neiderbach – Former Des Moines School Board President
47. Hon. Natasha Newcomb – Des Moines School Board
48. Rev. Al Perez – Founder Transformations Group & Latino Forum Member
49. Monica Reyes – Co–Founder DREAM Iowa
50. Heather Ryan – Chair, East Side Democrats
51. Hector A. Salamanca – Co–Founder DREAM Iowa
52. Joyce Schulte – Former U.S. Congressional Candidate, District 4
53. Julie Stewart – President, Senate 10 Democrats & Democrat State Central Committee
54. Bill Stowe – CEO, Des Moines Water Works
55. Sherry Toelle – Chair, Cass County Democrats
56. Fred Trujillo – President, LULAC
57. Hon. Tim Urban – Former Des Moines City Council Member
58. Eric Wessels – Commissioner, Dallas Soil and Water Conservation
59. Calvetta Williams – Founder & President of Mothers Against Violence
60. Arnold Woods – Community Leader
61. Rev. Billy Young – President, Ministerial Alliance
62. Rev. Bobby Young – Former President, Ministerial Alliance
(In Alphabetical Order)63. Ginny Antrim
64. Rev. Ben Bell
65. Kerry Bowen
66. Mary Brubaker
67. Jo Burns
69. Gabe De la Cerda
70. Irene Dodder
71. Sandy Doerring
72. Nicholas Dreeszen
74. Dan Garza
75. Araceli Goode
76. Renee Hardman
77. Vernon Johnson
78. Sharon Iverson
79. Tara Knight–Ortiz
80. Chelsea Lepley
81. James Marren
82. Carl McNew
83. Shelli Off
84. Edgar Ortiz
85. Theresa Parker
86. Dr. Carline & Tom Phillips
87. Mark Rocha
88. Mary Rodriguez
89. Lisa Sanchez
90. Jon Shelness
92. Kim Spillers
93. Carolyn Stevens
94. Nan Stillians
95. Dona Thompson
96. Steph Trujillo
97. Kerry Waughtal
98. Thatcher Williams
Dallas County is essential to Democrats defeating David Young in November. Desmund not only has proven support in Dallas County, it's his home. Pictured: Desmund Adams carrying his wife, Dr. Shondalette Adams, across the threshold of their home in Dallas County years ago.
How Democrats Lose/Win
To win Iowa’s Third Congressional District and be able to claim the seat for the Democrats it’s important to not only roll up huge numbers in Polk County but it’s equally important not to lose the home county of Desmund, Dallas County. Which, by the way, is Iowa’s ninth largest county for voter registration.
Unfortunately that is exactly what Democrats have done in the past.
In 2012 President Obama lost Dallas County by less than 4,500 votes. In 2012 Congressman Boswell lost Dallas County by more than 10,000 votes and in 2014 Staci Appel lost Dallas County by nearly 7,800 votes.
If Democrats want to win…this must not be repeated. And, Desmund has the edge.
Desmund is endorsed by Dallas County's district and state central committee representative and the county chair.
Desmund is a Dallas County resident, who in 2012 proved (in his State Senate race) he has significant support in a county where Progressive Democrats years earlier elected an African American sheriff.
If Democrats want to win in November…if they really want to win…we’ll go with Desmund Adams!
Desmund engages and motivates a broad coalition of Democratic Voters to Win in November!
Why Support Desmund Adams?
The simple reality is that Desmund is the only candidate who can…win in November. It’s not about being liked or policy; it is about the numbers and getting elected. Democratic candidates, who were and are well known in Iowa’s Third Congressional District have lost and lost badly. The reason? While nice folks they failed to build a broad coalition of voters. You can’t win Polk County by 2,000 votes only to lose Mills County by 2,100 votes. The math does not work.
So, what happened? Democrats have had their hat handed to them because they failed to engage the progressive vote. They failed to engage the youth in the district and they failed to bring along minority voter support. It’s really simple.
Desmund is the only candidate that can energize this broad coalition of voters and he’s been doing it every day for months. Desmund is the Democrat you know…the Democrat that can and will defeat David Young in November.
Desmund a volunteer for the Broadlawns Foundation Advocacy Circle
Desmund Fights for Our Health
It’s one thing to say you’re going to do something but what about actually having the experience to get the job done? Desmund has, from his time on the Board of Directors for Mercy College of Health Science, come to a better understanding of the positive impact the Affordable Care Act has had on health care providers. Volunteer work on the Broadlawns Foundation Advocacy Circle taught Desmund, first hand, the abundant need to expand mental health capabilities in our district.
These experiences have truly prepared Desmund to fight for federal programs like Medicaid and Medicare. His sincere efforts to work against youth obesity through his coaching and his strong support of Affordable Care Act is nothing new. He’s been there long before politics.
Having a Democrat in Congress who has the experience to work on your behalf and to help secure health care for all is important. That’s why you should support Desmund Adams the candidate who has actually been there doing the work.
Desmund Adams is pictured with Assistant House Minority Leader Ako Abdul Samad after being recognized on Monday, March 28, 2016, for his outstanding service to our community, youth and families.
Adams Responds To Mowrer's Continued Attacks
March 12, 2016, Desmund Adams opened his speech at the Polk County Democratic Convention by honoring Jim Mowrer's military service to our country and by recognizing the success of Mike Sherzan as a businessman. He has done this throughout the campaign season. Jim Mowrer, however, has taken numerous opportunities to attack Adams personally as well as the Adams’ campaign. Even in his most recent press release, March 28th, Mower takes an unprovoked shot at the Adams campaign.
We must respond:
- Last summer Mowrer took a page out of the Iowa Republican playbook and spread the rumor that Desmund was a criminal. The simple truth is Desmund disciplined his son more than a decade ago. Following a contentious custody battle the mother of Desmund's son convinced a zealous Dallas county attorney to prosecute. Desmund was not only found not guilty the all-white jury questioned the very motive of the trial. Today Desmund's son lives with his father and credits his father's love and discipline into turning him into the man he is today - a successful young actor and model. At the same time the prosecutor who judged Desmund an unfit father has a son in prison for committing armed robbery.
- As for the "alleged financial discrepancies" identified in Mowrer’s March 28th press release; the wording is faulty without base and provides for a false narrative. This narratives sole purpose is to create doubt and negativity around the campaign and candidate. The Adams campaign employees a compliance officer who is the former Democratic National Committee's Compliance Director. He has served under four DNC Chairmen. He is based out of Colorado, is a well respected industry professional and has credentials above reproach.
- Regarding Mowrer speaking to the lack of fundraising from the Adams campaign; Adams made the strategic decision to focus on building a winning coalition rather than the tired formula Democrats have employed in recent federal elections to dismal results. The Mowrer formula is to raise money outside the District, get some nice endorsements and then conduct push polling. This will not defeat David Young.
While we honor Mowrer's service, he doesn't address the key reasons this decade Roxanne Conlin lost, Bruce Braley lost, Leonard Boswell or Staci Appel lost. He brings nothing they didn't bring and lacks the ability to turn out progressives, youth voters, African Americans and Latinos in the numbers necessary to defeat David Young who will be much better resourced than he.
Additionally, Mowrer's lack of roots in the district and his sudden conversion from a Blue Dog Democrat in his race against Steve King to a progressive lacks the sincerity necessary to ignite the base.
Yes, he's secured some establishment endorsements. Desmund's list of endorsers is fairly potent, too, including Fred Hubbell, Tim Urban, Bill Stowe, his campaign chair - Jo Ann Zimmerman, Hon. Ako Abdul Samad, Hon. Marti Anderson, Hon. Ruth Ann Gaines, Mary Campos, Joe Henry, Fred Buie, Jon Neiderbach, Hon. Jack Hatch, Gregg Connell, and Former Supreme Court Chief Justice Louis Lavorato.
Desmund not only has big name Democrats backing him he has re-assembled an Obama like coalition that can defeat David Young. They include Ed Fallon, Wayne Ford, Suzette Jensen, Heather Ryan, Carl Schilling, Julie Stewart, Max Knauer, Calvetta Williams, Hon. Skip Moore, Hon. Josh Hughes and more than 50 Black pastors and a number of Dreamers. He also has secured the support of numerous educators including a majority of the members of the Des Moines School Board.
More important, Desmund is not new to this District. He did not move here as Mowrer did for the sole purpose of running for Congress. Since his days at Drake Law School and as a teacher in Des Moines School District, Desmund has been an active Democrat and a leader in this community. His personal story from a Chicago area dropout to a successful businessman is inspirational. Even as he was reading Mowrer’s misleading comments on the Bleeding Heartland website he was on his way to downtown Des Moines to receive recognition for his years of service to this community and youth.
No matter how much money Jim Mowrer raises, no matter how many push polls he conducts, he cannot purchase Desmund’s legacy of involvement with Central Iowa’s Democratic Party nor Desmund’s legacy of fighting for our youth and families in Central Iowa.
The Adams’ campaign has not subscribed to a losing formula; instead Desmund has built a grassroots organization poised to win. In fact, the Adams campaign has built an organization that will help all Democrats on the 3rd District ballot in November and unite factions still bitter from the Polk County Convention earlier this month.
As for fundraising, we rolled out this month a very potent fundraising team for the remainder of the primary and the general election spearheaded by Tim Urban, Fred Hubbell, Fred Buie and former Chief Justice Lavorato. While Mower has stated we will not have resources by June 7th we most certainly will have what we need to win the primary and then to compete against and defeat David Young in November.
We honor Jim's service – he is a patriot. As a businessman we appreciate what Mike has accomplished and that he hasn't gone negative as Mowrer has. But there's only one Democrat who can defeat David Young and the big money he'll bring to the table this fall, including the Koch brothers, and that is Desmund Adams, the Democrat you know.
Commitment to Our Youth
Taking a visionary stand and looking ahead to the future must include a long history of youth involvement. Desmund Adams has proven himself time after time. Desmund spent time in the classroom as a license school teacher. He understands the issues that come with parenting and education. Desmund created and has been part of national mentor-ship programs that reaches out and inspires our young people to move toward success. Through his fraternity and it’s foundation Desmund has given time and talent to help build sustainable, productive lives.
It’s not only about today…it’s also about tomorrow.
Iowa’s Third Congressional District can expect this same focus once you help elect Desmund to take his skills on to Washington, DC. It’s time to elect a leader with broad experience in issues that impact us today…and tomorrow.
Join us in electing Desmund Adams to represent all of us in Congress!
The Epitome of an American Success Story
One of the tools being used by Desmund Adams in this congressional race is a newspaper about Desmund. The reaction by many is one of surprise when they read the front page and see a letter from former Third District Congressman, Tom Latham…a Republican, honoring Desmund. I’ve often had people look at me and say, “What? Desmund is a Republican?”
No, what the Honorable Tom Latham said on the floor of the United States House of Representatives was that Desmund Adams is “The epitome of an American success story.” This is beyond politics; this is at the very heart of what we should desire in our representative - a person who has pulled himself up with strong personal values and an unmatched work ethic.
Desmund Adams will be a Congressman all the people of Iowa’s Third Congressional District can be proud of. He is a man of convictions serving a broad coalition of Iowans; not a politician bought and paid for by big money or outsiders.
Desmund & Shondalette Adams at the Baptism of their son Solomon
“A Father’s Love & Faith Renewed”
By now you know the facts presented in the vindication of Desmund Adams but, there is something you don’t yet know.
To extract pure gold from the earth raw material must be heated at very high temperatures. The events that took place with regard to the arrest, trial and vindication proved to be the crucible of character that ignited a renewed faith for Desmund. Standing up for right and honor in the face of society’s evil cleared a new path of faith for Desmund and his entire family.
It is this “Crucible of Character” that we so sorely need in the United States Congress and one can only bring that gift by having been there. Remember, when Democrats lose…people hurt. This is your opportunity to join us and send a champion for all the people to Washington.
Desmund - Always there to encourage the youth and speak truth.
There is an incredible challenge that faces many Iowans. Being young and black are two…the odds are against them. In case you missed it there is a disproportionate number of black men in Iowa jails and prisons. This from the Des Moines Register 12 July 2015:
“ Iowa in 2007, the most recent data available, ranked worst in the nation in the ratio of blacks in prison, according to the Sentencing Project, based in Washington, D.C.
Blacks represent more than a quarter of Iowa's prison population.
Chief Justice Mark Cady of the Iowa Supreme Court in his State of the Judiciary address at the start of the year called for Iowa to lead the way in reducing theses disparities. He noted that 9.4 percent of Iowa's adult black men are incarcerated — the third-highest percentage in the nation.”
Desmund Adams knows and understands this and has worked for decades to be a strong role-model for kids. It’s not easy raising children, any father will tell you that, but stepping up and being there is a critical first step in defying the odds.
Desmund with a young Khalil
The Journey of Desmund Part II
Desmund graduated law school on a Saturday. The next day he was in Chicago ready to become the biggest, baddest ‘thang’ in the biggest, baddest town!
Left behind was his three year old son who would see Desmund quarterly. In Desmund’s mind that was good enough since he hardly ever saw his own father.
Following a business trip to Des Moines Desmund asked his boss Alex DuBucle if he could stop by and see his son at the Downtown School.
It was a hard and heart wrenching visit and afterwards, on the plane, Alex started asking Desmund some hard questions.
When it became obvious Desmund thought he was doing the best by his son, Alex drew three circles. The first represented the time Desmund’s father had spent with him.
The second represented the time Desmund spent with his son. The third represented what Desmund owed to his son.
The revelation was devastating and Desmund started weeping openly.
After about ten minutes a puffy faced Desmund was again confronted by Alex.
Alex asked Desmund why he only saw his son on a quarterly basis. Desmund gave a pretty lame answer. Then he asked Alex why he asked.
Alex said he wanted to know what Desmund was going to tell his son when he turned 18. What resolve Desmund had was eviscerated and he again wept openly.
The following Monday he resigned his prestigious position. He called his best friend Felix Gallagher and told him he needed to come to Des Moines and raise his son. Felix welcomed Desmund into his home
Desmund has been deeply engaged in the life of his son since the ugly truth made him aware of the most important job he would ever have - being a father.
Desmund as a young, young man
The Journey of Desmund Adams
It’s not easy growing up in a single-parent household, Desmund Adams knows that because he’s been there. While he didn’t think much of getting an education, his Mother did. She made the decision that the federal program Job Corps would be a better alternative than the streets of Chicago. It was a fateful decision.
Desmund went on to earn his GED at a Job Corps Center in Kentucky and his thirst for knowledge increased. Several years later, having a keen understanding of the challenges faced by growing up without a Father, Desmund came to Iowa to be close to his oldest son, Kahlil. He slept on a friends couch, was accepted into Drake University and graduated with a degree in teaching.
Wanting more, Desmund made application to Drake University School of Law and, against all odds, was accepted, went on to graduation and built several successful businesses.
Nothing of value is ever easy. Desmund understands that and has put in the hard work. He has the proven ability to stay the course. He will prove to be an excellent Congressman who can be an inspiration and a dedicated servant to all the people of Iowa’s Third Congressional District.
Join Desmund and his People First Campaign – 79 Days to Victory!
Former State Senator Pat Ward from Iowa Senate District 22
Desmund Adams the Man you Need to Know
Desmund Adams is not a professional politician he is just a good man and I have proof. Desmund ran for the Iowa State Senate in 2012. His opponent was State Senator Pat Ward (R-WDM) who was facing a primary from a tea party activist. Unknown to voters in the district Sen. Ward was dying of cancer. When the news of her death reached Desmund he called me and said, “In light of the death of Senator Ward I want to suspend my campaign.” I reluctantly agreed but what he said next was shocking. “Out of respect for her and her family I want to suspend my campaign for three weeks.”
It was unheard of for a candidate to suspend a hotly contested campaign for a week, let alone for nearly a month. However, the action by Desmund was not going to be overturned. It was a horrible political decision…but it was the most honorable decision I think I’ve ever witnessed.
That is the same Desmund Adams who is running to represent all the people of Iowa’s Third Congressional District. A decent, honorable man who will go to Washington D.C. to champion the lives of all the people in the District. I know that of him, if you want more…just ask me.
Michael P. Libbie
Desmund Adams -- The Democrat You Know -- can unite Iowa's Third District Congressional Democrats and get them to the polls in November. Desmund's willingness to go door-to-door and put in the work necessary is the reason he's the Democrat who can defeat David Young.
We Must Unite!
Last night was the deadline for federal and state legislative candidates to file their petitions.
Democrats must unite!
Polk County Democrats, the key to winning Iowa's Third Congressional District, have not been this divided since the Vietnam Conflict.
The emotional and even physical violence at last week's Polk County convention, including the assault of an autistic youth, remains an open and festering wound. Yet the challenges we face in the General Election demands we heal and focus on the threats posed by a Republican field that not only threatens to alter politics in our state but the quality of life for a generation of Iowans.
At the top of the Third Congressional G.O.P. ticket we are looking at either Donald J. Trump or Sen. Ted Cruz. The election of either man hurts Iowans - our children, our families, our communities. Both will be well organized and well-funded and will use the threat of Sec. Hillary Clinton appointing Supreme Court Justices to unite Republicans behind their otherwise “establishment” despised nominee.
In 2008 and 2012 the G.O.P. fielded establishment candidates in Sen. John McCain and former Gov. Mitt Romney. They did not excite libertarians, tea partiers and evangelicals in Iowa - the soul of our state's G.O.P. - a party whose registered voters significantly outnumber Democrats.
In 2016 the party's Presidential nominee will not have, nor need, the establishment's money. Instead they will have legions of volunteers making calls and knocking on doors. A less than united Democratic party will not defeat that energy and effort.
Next we have Sen. Chuck Grassley whose blatant disregard of the U.S. Constitution has turned the appointment of a replacement for the late Hon. Anthony Scalia into ugly political theater. He has served in the U.S. Senate since 1981 and will be well organized with a campaign war chest that makes Sen. Joni Ernst's tens of million look like a tip at Denny's. In 2010 he faced a potential primary from U.S. Rep. Steve King. His stance on replacing Scalia, however, has healed all rifts between him and factions of the party. He will be formidable.
U.S. Rep. David Young held yet another 16 county tour of the Third Congressional District this week. He is one of the nicest people in politics and is popular in the District's rural and suburban communities. He's no Hon. Steve King when it comes to controversy and inflammatory rhetoric. He's not the embarrassment to our state as King is. Even leading national and Iowa Republicans have denounced our Congressman from Kiron. When it comes to voting on the Floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, however, Young and King share the same political D.N.A.
The most ominous development from last night's filing's, however, is a field of Iowa Senate Candidates the G.O.P. has put forth to take back that chamber of Iowa’s legislature.
Late last night the Des Moines Register posted an article (http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/politics/2016/03/18/gop-eyes-taking-control-iowa-senate/81965262/) highlighting the focus the G.O.P. is taking to reclaim the Senate held by Democrats 26-24.
By running a competitive candidate against Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal he will not be as free to campaign around the state as has been his tradition. That leaves us with a half dozen vulnerable races while our challenge to Republican control of the Iowa House has fallen short.
The potency of the G.O.P. ticket, if we remain divided as a party, could also bring county races into play that we should dominate. For example the Polk County Sheriff's contest.
We will not know what the County Ballot in the District looks like, however, until March 30th at 5:00 p.m.
Why Does Electing Democrats Matter?
At the end of the day there are four major areas where the philosophical differences between Democrats and Republicans makes a difference:
1. Feeding and Protecting Americans: Historically Democrats have supported programs like food stamps, lunch programs for children, energy assistance programs for the elderly, educational initiatives and protecting our environment including clean water and climate control. Republicans have advocated cutting these programs and Sen. Ted Cruz, the establishment's choice for President, has promised to defund several key agencies including the Department of Education and the E.P.A.
2. Medicine and Medical Care: Democrats, with the passage of the Affordable Healthcare Act, took a major step towards fulfilling our promise as a nation and both Sec. Clinton and Sen. Sanders have a legacies of fighting for healthcare as a right. Every major Republican has called for the repeal of "Obamacare" and the defunding of child health programs.
3. Jobs Versus Tax Cuts: Democrats have historically advanced proposals that create good-paying jobs for Americans arguing that is the way to grow national prosperity. That is a main reason we enjoy overwhelming support from organized labor. We have also argued fighting poverty is a moral imperative. Republicans have historically advocated tax cuts for the wealthy and big corporations arguing that prosperity will trickle down. They have also historically dismissed fighting poverty as a governmental obligation instead asserting it is the church's responsibility to do so.
4. Human Rights and Civil Liberties: Democrats have defended gay rights, a woman's right to choose, the rights of humans to live in dignity and have hope, even if they are undocumented, and for long won civil rights like the right to vote without impediments. Republicans have opposed gay rights, abortion, called for massive deportations and the construction of a wall, and supported voter obstruction measures like voter photo I.D.
And while Donald Trump has been singled out for his failure to denounce the Klu Klux Klan, his hateful words about Mexicans and his call for a ban on Muslims the G.O.P. has, as a party, embraced those sentiments.
Nothing illustrates this more than last November's Quinnipiac University Poll where 6-1 Iowa Democrats favored welcoming Syrian refugees while 5-1 Iowa Republicans wanted to deny them entry into our state.
With so much at stake "a Democratic house united" will not fall.
Leadership and Community Involvement for all of us.
Desmund Adams -- The Democrat You Know: Part Two
The true character of an individual is measured by what he or she gives back. Desmund Adams has given back to our youth and our community for nearly 20 years.
Desmund’s involvement, since his days as a Drake Law School student --from the ball field as a coach to the boardroom as a leader -- has enriched the lives of Central Iowans. Let’s join together and enrich the lives of all the people in Iowa’s Third Congressional District.
His commitment and sacrifice is well documented. He cares.
That’s what we need in Washington, D.C.
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Desmund Adams – The Democrat You Know
Since his days at Drake University Law School and his work as a K-12 teacher Desmund has been involved with the Democrats of this region. He has, for years, espoused progressive issues dealing with education, equal pay for equal work, voting rights, LGBT efforts, minority engagement with non-profits, exposed tax-shifting, called for better mental health care standards, stood up for women in business and in health care.
These are not new to Desmund Adams and he’s not new to the District. He has and will continue to be a strong voice on these and other progressive issues that are the core of the Democratic Party. Desmund has been here. He has taught in the Des Moines School System, created mentorship programs for minority students, worked on health care delivery systems through Mercy College of Health Science and Broadlawns Medical Center.
Desmund Adams is the Democrat you…know. Desmund Adams is the Democrat who has put in the work and effort and not just during an election cycle.
Join us and help us return Iowa’s Third Congressional District to the people…all the people.
Desmund with former Congressmen Neal Smith.
Today’s message is a bit longer than normal but please read it because Democrats in Iowa’s 3rd Congressional must unite!
Yesterday’s Polk County Democratic Party Convention was a perfect illustration of what’s wrong with our party. Those in power want Democrats to vote and be loyal yet they are not welcoming to the diversity that has historically been our party’s strength.
As a result progressives, youth, racial and ethnic minorities have stayed home and Republicans have won key county, legislative and Congressional seats long held by Democrats. And we know when Republicans win and Democrats lose; Iowans lose.
It doesn’t matter how mean or nice those Republicans are – they vote the same way. Steve King is controversial. David Young is nice. They vote the same way. Donald Trump is scary. Ted Cruz holds up the Bible. And John Kasich has pledged to build the wall. Marco Rubio ran commercials promising to kill Muslims.
Electing Democrats Matters!!! Click Here to Join Desmund!
Yesterday’s Polk County Convention ended with a house divided. And unless the rift is healed, come November, Democrats in the 3rd District will lose, and lose badly, just as they did in 2012 and 2014.
That can’t happen and that’s why Desmund’s candidacy is bigger than a Congressional race.
Despite the establishment’s continued obstructions, Desmund can reach the Democrats who left Polk County’s Convention yesterday frustrated, angry and ready to sit out the November general election.
The soul of our party is at stake. Either we will continue a pattern of losing with establishment candidates or we will nominate a candidate who will head our 3rd District ballot and lead it to victory.
That candidate is Desmund Adams. He can and he will unite Democrats in Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District with your support.
While other candidates for Federal office were allowed to speak and then go to other conventions Desmund was made to wait behind a line of Polk County speakers including local candidates with booths at the convention who planned to be at Valley High all day long. Desmundis not in this picture because the line kept going, and going, and going before Polk County officials let him speak. This treatment of a Democratic Party Congressional candidate is unprecedented!
88 Days To Victory
A candidate can buy his or her way into an election or earn it through hard work and effort. It’s becoming clearer, day by day, that the pavement pounding being done by Desmund Adams is paying dividends and he is being seen as the only Democrat who can challenge David Young in November.
Fresh off a second multi-county tour into Iowa’s Third Congressional District, this month, the Desmund Adams Campaign will, today, visit each of the 16 Democratic County Conventions. We’ll be spending time in counties Democrats have historically written off because they are seen as “too Red.”
Desmund realizes, however, success in November must come from a broad coalition of rural and urban voters. You can’t win Polk County by less than 2,000 votes only to lose Mills County by more than 2,000 votes.
That’s why we’re out and connecting with as many voters as possible.
We look forward to shaking your hand and telling you more about Desmund. See you on the trail!
Desmund and young Democrats on Caucus Night.
It’s the day before the Democratic County Conventions in Iowa’s Third Congressional District and as we look forward to tomorrow we reflect on the Iowa Caucus of last month. No matter if you supported Bernie, Hillary or Martin Democrats turned out in near record numbers and that’s a good sign for Democrats.
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Desmund Adams is another good sign for Democrats. This is about winning and with Desmund on the Democratic ticket in November he will help get Democrats elected up and down the ticket by helping turn out voters who have sat out in past elections.
We’ve built, and continue to build, a broad coalition of voters who will make the difference in every race. Desmund is exciting the base of progressive voters who believe in his “People First” agenda. Desmund is engaging the youth vote with his personal story of success. And, Desmund is motivating a strong coalition of Latino and African-American voters who, until now, have felt left out.
We’re on the road to victory tomorrow visiting Democratic County Conventions throughout Iowa’s Third Congressional District. We look forward to connecting with you!
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Adams for Congress is competing to win because we know that when Democrats lose to Republicans people get hurt. A couple of weeks ago Desmund ran into Congressman David Young at Starbucks and the truth is David Young is a really nice guy. Desmund liked him.
It doesn’t change the fact, however, he votes the same as Congressman Steve King and that’s why we need to defeat David Young in November.
Desmund is the only Democrat running for Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District who can defeat David Young in November. But we have to win the primary first and that takes money!
We’ve built a powerful coalition but we need yard signs, we need to do mailings, we need to pay for gas to get Desmund to the 16 counties. Big oil doesn’t give that away.
Desmund listening to one of his political mentors, Hon. Jack Hatch.
91 Days To Victory
In Iowa’s 2014 3rd Congressional District Democratic Party Primary more than 72% of the voters were Polk County residents. In 2016 that number could be significantly higher since there will be a number of high profile contests on the Polk County Democratic Party Primary ballot.
This is where Desmund’s diverse cultural support and geographic support give him a huge advantage.
Amongst Desmund’s supporters are a number of high profile African American leaders beginning with Assistant House Minority Leader, Rep. Ako Abdul Samad. He also has the support of the entire African American legislative delegation.
His support in the African American community goes well beyond the political class, however. Desmund has earned the endorsements of a number of prominent African American leaders such as Betty Andrews, Wayne Ford and Linda Carter-Lewis. He also has the support of more than 50 African American Pastors based in Polk County.
Desmund has secured a number of key Latino endorsements including that of his campaign co-chairs, National LULAC Vice President Joe Enriquez Henry and Andrea Rivera; Mary Campos, Co-Founder of the Brown & Black Presidential Forum, and a number of leaders in the Dreamers Movement.
Desmund has also secured key geographic support throughout the city including Heather Ryan and Suzette Jensen of the Eastside Democrats; Karl Schilling and Ruth LaPointe of the Southside Democrats, and Rep. Marti Anderson who represents Beaverdale.
Desmund is also securing the support of a number of prominent Polk County Democrats including the Party’s 2014 Gubernatorial nominee, The Hon. Jack Hatch and the Party’s 2014 State Auditor nominee, The Hon. Jon Neiderbach.
Caption: Adam's Campaign Chair Michael Libbie, Assistant House Minority Leader Ako Abdul-Samad, and LULAC National Vice President Joe Enriquez Henry.
Former Shenandoah Mayor and the Executive Director of the Shenandoah Chamber and Industry Association, Gregg Connell and Desmund discuss rural economic revitalization.
250 Jobs Lost In Shenandoah
Yesterday our campaign spent the day in Shenandoah (Page County) prior to our scheduled Town Hall on "Making Ends Meet." We scheduled the listening post following last month's announcement by Eaton Corp. that shattered the lives of 250 Iowans and their families.
The loss of 250 jobs is devastating to a community. The following is the Associated Press article that appeared in the Washington Times on February 5th: 250 jobs being cut in Shenandoah, Eaton officials say (http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/feb/5/250-jobs-being-cut-in-shenandoah-eaton-officials-s/).
A Very Good Trip
It was a very good trip. While there Desmund was interviewed on KMA radio (http://www.kmaland.com/news/desmund-adams-visits-shenandoah/article_08cd1906-e4ee-11e5-8b60-676f231458a7.html). He also had the opportunity to meet with a number of Shenandoah residents and business owners. He even picked up the endorsement of former Shenandoah Mayor and the Executive Director of the Shenandoah Chamber and Industry Association, Gregg Connell.
Clearly our People's First Campaign is making inroads into rural communities long dominated by Republicans. These gains by Adams for Congress will help all Democrats on the ticket during the November general election!
Please take a moment and listen to yesterday's interview with Chuck Morris from KMA Radio and our stop in Shenandoah, IA.
Democrats over the past decade have allowed Republicans to dominate rural Iowa, especially the counties in Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District.
Adams for Congress is about to change that!
High poverty, cuts in rural education funding, declines in rural population, poor access to quality healthcare options, decaying infrastructure, subpar cell phone and internet service, etc.…is the Republican legacy in rural Iowa.
The Adams for Congress campaign is offering leadership and real solutions to the challenges facing the District’s rural communities. Many of those solutions were introduced during last week’s 16 for 16 Barnstorm and they will be addressed again as Desmund hits the road for a swing through Southwest Iowa today, finishing with a Deliberative Dialogue Town Hall on “Making Ends Meet” in Shenandoah (Page County).
Take a moment to watch the Sixteen in Sixteen Tour Video
95 Days To Victory!
This past week has been a whirlwind of activity. On Monday the 29th I walked into the Iowa Secretary of State's office to formally enter the race for Iowa's Third Congressional District. That event started two full days of media visits to all 16 counties in the District where I not only spoke about the significance of my candidacy but the critical fact that looms above everything else:
When Democrats lose elections, people hurt.
This campaign is all about winning. Winning because we have been able to build a broad coalition of young energetic voters, progressive voters and folks who have stayed out of the voting booth because they feel ignored. I'm speaking directly about African American Voters and Latino Voters.
When these four groups stay home Democrats lose and people get hurt.
That was the message in the sixteen counties I visited on Monday and Tuesday.
Then, on Wednesday, after morning phone calls, my youngest son and I headed to the Chicago area for my Grandmother's Funeral. It was bitter-sweet as I remembered the many good times but also how I would now miss her presence. That time of reflection caused me to consider how the values she taught me would hold us through this election and on to victory.
I came back to the District and my home in Clive late on Friday night buoyed by the warmth of friends and family and more determined than ever to push forward. You see, when Democrats lose, people get hurt.
Enough hurting. Let's do this!
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Thank you and all the very best!
(Photo: Eastside Democrats gathered recently in preparation for the Adams for Congress door-to-door campaign. Speaking is the President of the Eastside Democrats, Heather Ryan. Vice President of the Eastside Democrats, Suzette Jensen is listening in.)
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We Need Your Help!!!
Desmund’s People First Campaign isn’t supported by the establishment or funded by the big corporate interests that own American politics. We need every day Americans and working class Iowans to fund this campaign. To contribute please click here!
"When Democrats fail to get elected, people get hurt." That was the focus on the Sixteen County Media Tour this week after Desmund became the first candidate to turn in his nomination petitions to the Iowa Secretary of State. "The people of Iowa's Third Congressional District can not afford to have another moment of Republican representation in Congress. I am the candidate who can, and will win in November. To get that done, I need your help." Click here to make a contribution.
This is about being accessible, about building a broad coalition to win. That is what Desmund Adams brings to the voters of Iowa. To run for this office you've got to be where the people are and not just at election time.