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Iowa Democratic Party elects Representative Mark Smith as new chair

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Saturday, the Iowa Democratic Party announced that Mark Smith has been elected as the new chair, by a majority vote of the IDP State Central Committee. Chair Smith represents Marshalltown in the Iowa State House, and formerly served as House Minority Leader. 

A sixth-generation Iowan, Mark has the breadth of experience and record of leadership to strengthen our path to victory and elect Democrats up and down the ballot this November.

“I am honored that Iowa Democrats have put their faith in my leadership to help lead our party to victory this November,” said Chair Mark Smith.

“Every Iowan deserves the opportunity to enjoy a rich quality of life – and Democrats will never stop fighting to ensure those opportunities are extended to every Iowan. Our Party is proud and strong because of our values, and we are committed to restoring trust to carry out those values from river to river.

“The challenges we face will not be easy, but we’ll face them with the undaunted courage and selfless sacrifice that elected the first Iowa women to US Congress, won three statewide offices, and expanded our organizing foundation in all 99 counties.

“Iowa Democrats will not be distracted. The spirit of our party and our commitment to our mission is only growing stronger. Have no doubt: we will beat Donald Trump, send Senator Ernst and Steve King packing, and win back our legislature this November – and we will do so more united than ever. That is my commitment as Chair to Iowa Democrats. We’re going to get the job done.” 

The vote came a day after party officials agreed to hire two high-profile lawyers to investigate the factors leading to the problems that hamstrung the Feb. 3 Iowa Caucus, when problems with a mobile app and other issues prevented it from releasing results.

Associated Press

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