The Tama County Republican Party held its biannual convention on Saturday, March 6th at the Historic Wieting Theatre in Toledo. A delicious array of sandwiches and desserts were provided by the Tama County Republican Women for the enjoyment of the convention attendees while delegate registration was conducted. Prior to the start of the convention, Iowa Republican Party chairman Matt Strawn stopped by and greeted the convention goers, but was unable to stay for the start of the convention due to his tight schedule. All 99 Iowa counties hold there conventions on the same day. The convention was kicked off with a few patriotic songs sung by the Tama County Farm Bureau choir led by Ora Mae Bro. Reverend LaVern Seth opened the meeting with a prayer. The convention chair was Bob Young of Traer, the convention Secretary was Jill Kenyon, and Brent Heeren, Tama Co. Attorney was Parliamentarian.
The business of the convention was kicked off at 1:00 PM with speeches from county and state officials and candidates for office, including State Senator Tim Kapucian, State Representative Lance Horbach, Tama County Attorney Brent Heeren, and Brad Zaun, candidate for 3rd Congressional District, U.S. House. Representatives for other candidates included Amanda Freel speaking on behalf or Jim Gibbons, candidate for 3rd Congressional District, Senator John Putney speaking on behalf of Senator Charles Grassley, and Bob Mason, speaking on behalf of gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats. The convention was also honored to be addressed by Gopal Krishna, member of the Republican State Central Committee, and Kim Lehman, National Committeewoman representing Iowa on the Republican National Committee. Dean Fisher, Tama County Central Committee Chairman, introduced the speakers.
The convention elected 11 delegates to the District and State conventions, and 11 alternates, the full allotment for Tama county. Two junior delegates, Sam Kavalier and Matt Evans, were also elected to the District and State conventions. Four of the delegates were also elected to sit on the District Standing Committees for Rules, Credentials, Platform and Organization.
A comprehensive county party platform proposal was presented by Zeb Gray and Brian Squiers of the Platform Committee. After the convention completed the review , debate and approval of the proposed platform, junior delegates Sam Kavalier and Matt Evans proposed an additional plank calling for the party to oppose all attempts to implement the so called "Fairness Doctrine" in the media due to its restrictions on freedom of speech. The Junior Delegates plank passed unanimously. The entire platform as amended also passed unanimously.
Another candidate for the 3rd Congressional District, U.S. House, Mark Rees, spoke near the end of the convention. The convention was gaveled closed at 3:00 PM.
Tama's Delegates will go to the Republican District convention to be held Saturday, April 24, and to the State convention to be held June 26.