Date: June 2, 2018
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Place: South 17th Event Center, 300 S. 17th St, Ames, IA
The Story County Democrats are ready to “Turn up the Heat” with keynote speaker Senator Nina Turner. Turner was a member of the DNC Unity Commission and was a national surrogate for Sen. Bernie Sanders. In June of 2017 she became the President of Our Revolution.
The MC will be Josh Opperman, one of the Democratic candidates for the 2 Story County Supervisor seats that will be elected in November.
The 3 candidates for the Democratic nomination for the 4th District U.S. House are also scheduled to speak. Leann Jacobsen, John Paschen and J.D. Scholten are on the ballot for the June 5th Primary Election.
Musical guest is Ben Schrag and the Cautionairies.
There will be an assortment of homemade refreshments offered with additional beverages available for purchase from the South 17th Event Center.
Free will donations are accepted at the door with a suggested donation of $25. There are also sponsorship levels ranging from $100 to $1000.
Below is the official biography of Nina Turner.
Offering a powerful narrative of overcoming adversity, former Sen. Nina Turner is a gifted orator who puts
political and social trends in unparalleled perspective. She’s committed to advocating for progressive ideals
and values, a vocation she views as bigger than political affiliation.
Most recently a national surrogate for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) during the turbulent 2016 Democratic
presidential primary, Nina Turner is an insightful advocate and agent for social change. Today, she serves as president of Our Revolution, an organization that Sanders created to revitalize American democracy, empower progressive leaders and elevate political consciousness.
When she served in the Ohio Senate, Turner was known as a fierce advocate, garnering recognition and
praise from elected leaders across the political spectrum. She maintained an uncanny ability to both unify
opposing viewpoints and challenge political leaders to live up to their highest selves.
Her political experience as an elected member of the Cleveland City Council and a strategic leader of the Ohio
Democratic Party afford her a unique understanding of government processes and how to overcome partisan
perspectives. Outside of the political arena, Turner has decades of experience as a college professor and
motivational speaker. She routinely travels across the country to inspire action and instill hope in crowds of
more than 20,000. A champion for progressive causes such as labor, women’s reproductive health, voting
rights and the eradication of wealth and income inequality, Turner forms deep connections with people from all walks of life. It’s for these reasons, and many more, that she was tapped to serve as the Democratic nominee for Ohio’s Secretary of State race in 2014.
Turner is recognized as a voice of truth, even when speaking the truth is unpopular. In 2011, The
Nation magazine named her “Most Valuable State Senator,” and in 2014 The Root listed her as one of the top 100 most influential African-Americans in the U.S. Cleveland’s Inside Business Magazine recognized her in
2015 as one of the top 25 most powerful people in Northeast Ohio.
In addition to her leadership at Our Revolution, Turner also serves as a founding fellow of the Sanders
Institute, a group of leaders dedicated to transforming American democracy through the research, education,
outreach and advancement of bold, progressive ideas and values. She has appeared on numerous national
television and radio shows, such as “Meet The Press,” “The Bill Maher Show,” Comedy Central’s “The
President’s Show,” “Democracy Now,” the “Rickey Smiley Morning Show,” “The Breakfast Club,” “The Bill
Press Show” and the “Thom Hartmann Radio Show.” Turner is also a political commentator on CNN,
appearing frequently on “The State of the Union with Jake Tapper” and “CNN Tonight with Don Lemon.”