Franklin County Democrats meet primary candidates

Dr. Andrea McGuire introduces herself to the Franklin County Democrats in her bid for the nomination in the 2018 gubernatorial race. TRAVIS FISCHER|THE SHEFFIELD PRESS

Franklin County's Democrats gathered at Mayne's Grove on Monday, September 25 for a meet-and-greet with some of the prospective candidates for the 2018 elections.

Starting the meeting with a potluck dinner, the area Democrats socialized before getting to business.

Opening up the meeting was state Sen. Amanda Ragan, who thanked the three county chairs attending for their continued support and emphasized the need to rally for the 2018 elections.

"We thought that last November was a nightmare, but this last session was the real nightmare," said Ragan. "The cuts that happened last year, we're still feeling them. And this year we're going to feel them even more."

With Republican control over the senate, house, and governor's office, Iowa Democrats have been limited in their ability to enact their agenda or oppose their political rivals. However, at least three Democrats are hopeful that they can swing the legislative power in Des Moines back in their favor by winning the upcoming gubernatorial race.

State Senator Nate Boulton, Dr. Andrea McGuire and Jon Neiderbach each introduced themselves as declared candidates for the governor seat in the Democratic primary.

Read the full story in the October 5 edition of The Sheffield Press and The Pioneer Enterprise.