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Neighborhood Groups

Tip O’Neill, the legendary 47th Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, once said that “all politics is local.” Democrats in Polk County understand that message and the importance of connecting with our neighbors. The more informed you are, the more inspired to act our community will become. The more active Democrats become, the faster we see change at all levels of government.

 

Across Polk County, Democrats have established local neighborhood groups and we encourage you to join one in your area. Local Democrat Groups help us stay informed about the concerns of individual neighborhoods so that their voices are not lost in the crowd. Whether they are city council issues or national issues, the Democratic Party is the party of the people. We want to hear your concerns and develop action plans to fix them. Participating in a Local Democrat Group is a convenient way to get involved and have your opinion heard.

 

Looking for your voting precinct? Find it by visiting the Secretary of State's website.
 

Local Neighborhood Groups

Below is a complete list of Polk County Democrats Neighborhood groups. If you are new to Iowa or not sure which group you should consider participating in, CLICK HERE to see a map that will help you decide. However, please know that you are welcome to attend ANY of our groups. 

Also, many Neighborhood Groups also have a Neighbor to Neighbor program, which recruits block captains to ensure that their neighbors are registered to vote, have the opportunity to request an absentee ballot, and actually vote on or before Election Day.

Ankeny Area Democrats

Precincts: Alleman; Ankeny 1 – 22; Douglas; Elkhart

Contact(s): Ali Henkle

Email: ankenyareademocrats@gmail.com

When: Third Tuesday of each month

Time: 6:30 pm

Where: TBD - visit our website for the location

Website: http://www.ankenyareademocrats.org/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ankenydems/

Neighbor to Neighbor Contact: Mary McAdams (mary@marymcadams.com)

 

Bondurant Area Democrats

Precincts: Bondurant 1 - 3; Franklin; Washington

Contact(s): Rosie Thierer

Phone: 515-577-3562

Email: bondurantdems@gmail.com

When: Second Thursday of each month

Time: 5:30 pm

Where: Bondurant library; 104 2nd St NE, Bondurant, IA 50035

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bondurantdems 

  

Clive Democrats

Precincts: Clive 1 – 4

Contact(s): Lila Starr

Phone: 515-491-1537

Email: clivedemocrats@gmail.com

When: Second Tuesday of each month

Time: 6:00 pm

Where: 515 Brewing Company, 7700 University Ave., Suite C, Clive, IA 50325

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Clive-Democrats-163105104054120/

 

Des Moines West Side Democrats

Precincts: Des Moines 36 - 41

Contact(s): Paul Goodwin  

Phone: 515-577-7077                        

Email: paul@smpweb.com

When: First Wednesday of each month

Time: 6:30 pm

Where: The Station on Ingersoll, 3124 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dmwestsidedems/

Downtown Des Moines Democrats

Precincts: Des Moines 28; 42 – 46; 55 – 56

Contact(s): Jordan Bles

Phone: 410-596-2664 

Email: downtowndemdsm@gmail.com

When: First Wednesday of each month

Time: 6:30 pm

Where: The Station on Ingersoll, 3124 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DTdems/

 

East Des Moines Democrats

Precincts: Clay 1; Des Moines 1 – 6; 15 – 27; 29 - 32; 47 - 49

Contact(s): Kevin Marken 

Phone: 515-783-0558

Email: eastdmareadems@gmail.com 

When: First Wednesday of each month

Time: 6:00 pm

Where: Chuck's Restaurant, 3610 6th Ave., Des Moines, IA 50313

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/587034171649928/

East Polk Democrats

Precincts: Altoona 1 - 6; Clay 2; Delaware 1; Mitchellville; Saylor 2

Contact(s): Joe Tollari

Email: eastpolkdems@gmail.com

When: Second Monday of each month

Time: 6:00 pm

Where: Altoona, IA 50009

Website: https://eastpolkdems.com/

 

Grimes Area Democrats

Precincts: Grimes 1 – 5; Jefferson

Contact(s): Ann Gale and Sarah Schaefer

Phone: 515-320-4404 (Ann)

Email: ann.gale9@gmail.com and grimesdems@gmail.com

When: First Wednesday of each month

Time: 6:30 pm

Where: Follow the Facebook page for updates on location.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GrimesAreaDemocrats/

Johnston Area Democrats

Precincts: Crocker 1; Johnston 1 – 8; Saylor 1

Contact(s): Deb Hansen

Email: cdhansen82@gmail.com

When: Second Wednesday of each month

Time: 7:00 pm

Where: Cozy Cafe, 8385 Birchwood Ct., Johnston, IA 50131

Website: https://johnstonareadems.org/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/johnstondems

Northwest Des Moines Democrats

Precincts: Des Moines 7 – 14; 33 – 35; Webster

Contact(s): Katie Rock

Phone: 515-777-9104    

Email: NWDMdems@gmail.com

When: Third Tuesday of each month

Time: 7:00 pm

Where: Felix & Oscar's, 4050 Merle Hay Rd., Des Moines, IA 50310

Website: https://www.nwdmdems.org/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/nwdmdems

Twitter: @NWDMdems

Neighbor to Neighbor Contact: Laura Sands (laurasands@mchsi.com)

 

Polk City Democrats

Precincts: Crocker 2; Madison 1; Polk City 1 - 2; Union-Sheldahl 1

Contact(s): Shelly Silver

Phone: 515-230-1339

Email: polkcitydemocrats@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PolkCityDems/

Twitter: @polkcitydems​

Southside Democrats

Precincts: Des Moines 50 – 54; 57 – 72

Contact(s): Joe Henry 

Phone: 515-208-7312 

Email: joehenry@iowalatinos.org

When: Fourth Tuesday of each month

Time: 5:30 pm

Where: Plumbers and Steamfitters Hall, 2501 Bell Ave., Des Moines, IA 50321

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/south-side-democrats-of-des-moines-525007631174538/

Southeast Polk Democrats

Precincts: Allen 1; Pleasant Hill 1 - 4; Four Mile; Runnells

Contact(s): Jay Yarnell 

Phone:  515-664-1352

Email: jjayoutback@gmail.com

When: Second Thursday of each month

Time: 6:30 pm

Where: Hills Bar & Grill, 4830 Maple Dr., Pleasant Hill, IA 50327

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sepolkdems

Urbandale Area Democrats

Precincts: Urbandale 1 – 12

Contact(s): Julie Fugenschuh

Phone: 515-402-0668

Email: info@urbandaleareademocrats.com

When: First Thursday of each month

Time: 6:00 pm

Where: Follow on Facebook for meeting locations 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UrbandaleAreaDemocrats

​Neighbor to Neighbor Contact: Dave Langer (davebadpack@msn.com) or Donna Richard Langer (drldkl@msn.com)

West Des Moines Democrats

Precincts: West Des Moines 111 – 118; 211 – 212; 311 – 316

Contact(s): Julie Lasche Brown                                           

Phone: 515-491-8391                       

Email: iamjulieb@gmail.com

When: Third Saturday of each month

Time: 12:15 pm

Where: Fox Brewing, 103 S 11th St, West Des Moines, IA 50265

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wdmdemocrats/ 

Website: www.wdmdems.com 

Windsor Heights Democrats

Precincts: Windsor Heights 1 - 2

Contact(s): Michael Libbie 

Phone: 515-331-3206 (Office) or 515-570-2220 (Mobile)

Email: mplibbie@gmail.com  

When: Final Tuesday of each month

Time: 6:30 pm

Where: Gilroy's Kitchen, 1238 8th St., West Des Moines, IA 50265

Website: https://www.windsorheightsdems.com/

Twitter: @DemsHeights

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WindsorHeightsDemocrats

Student Democrat Groups

DMACC Democrats (Students and Young Adults)

When: See Facebook for meeting dates and times

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DMACCDems

Drake University Democrats

When: See Facebook for meeting dates and times

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/drakeuniversitydemocrats

Email: democrats.drake@gmail.com   

Youth Polk County Democrats

Contact(s): Claire Carstens

Phone: 515-494-3359

Email: cnc1@iastate.edu    

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Youthpolkdems/

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