Community 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 community 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 be heard.

 

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

Local Community Groups

Below is a complete list of Polk County Democrats Community 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 Community 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 – 15; Crocker 1 – 2; Delaware 1; Douglas; Elkhart; Saylor 1 & 2

Contact(s): Mary McAdams

Phone: 515-681-5858

Email: info@AnkenyAreaDemocrats.org

When: Third Tuesday of each month

Time: 6:30 pm

Where: Zoom

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

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

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

  

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: Wobbly Boots Restaurant, 1301 NW 114th St., Clive, IA 50325

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

 

Des Moines West Side Democrats

Precincts: Des Moines 44 - 45, 58 – 63

Contact(s): Paul Goodwin  

Phone: 515-577-7077                        

Email: paul@smpweb.com

When: First Monday of each month

Time: 6:30 pm

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

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

Downtown Des Moines Democrats

Precincts: Des Moines 47 – 48, 55 – 57

Contact(s): Will Oppermann

Phone: 202-909-5624 

Email: william.j.oppermann@gmail.com

When: Second Wednesday of each month

Time: 6:00 pm

Where: Java Joe's Coffee House, 214 Fourth St., Des Moines, IA 50309

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

 

East Des Moines Democrats

Precincts: Des Moines 1 – 4, 23 – 32, 49; Delaware 2

Contact(s): Jim Edvenson 

Phone: 515-249-6251 (Jim) 

Email: jimedvenson@gmail.com 

When: First Wednesday of each month

Time: 6:00 pm

Where: Bianchi’s Hilltop Restaurant, 2820 Hubbell Ave, Des Moines, IA 50317

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

Neighbor to Neighbor Contact: Lisa Bell (EDsmDems@gmail.com)

East Polk Democrats

Precincts: Altoona 1 - 5, Bondurant 1 - 2, Clay, Franklin, Mitchellville, Washington

Contact(s): Joe Riding

Email: joe.riding@yahoo.com

When: Second Wednesday of each month

Time: 6:30 pm

Where: Zoom

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

Website: https://eastpolkdems.com/

 

Heart of Des Moines Democrats

Precincts: Des Moines 5 - 7, 18 – 22, 33 – 37, 46

Contact(s): Samy El-Baroudi 

Phone: 515-991-2100 

Email: samy.elbaroudi@mchsi.com 

When: Last Thursday of each month

Time: 7:00 pm

Where: 3610 6th Ave., Des Moines, IA 50313

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

 

Grimes Area Democrats

Precincts: Grimes 1 – 3, Granger, Jefferson

Contact(s): Ann Gale and Sarah Schaefer

Phone: 515-320-4404 (Ann)

Email: ann.gale9@gmail.com and seschaefer67@gmail.com

When: Third Wednesday of each month

Time: 6:30 pm

Where: TBD

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

 

Johnston Area Democrats

Precincts: Johnston 1 – 6

Contact(s): Deb Hansen

Email: cdhansen82@gmail.com

When: Second Wednesday of each month

Time: 7:00 pm

Where: Zoom

Website: https://johnstonareadems.org/

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

Northwest Des Moines Democrats

Precincts: Des Moines 8 – 17, 38 – 43, Webster

Contact(s): Vanessa Phelan

Phone: 515-421-8519    

Email: NWDMdems@gmail.com

When: Third Tuesday of each month

Time: 7:00 pm

Where: Zoom

Website: https://www.nwdmdems.org/

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

Twitter: @NWDMdems

Neighbor to Neighbor Contact: Dave Busiek (davebusiek@mchsi.com) or Laura Sands (laurasands@mchsi.com)

 

Polk City Democrats

Precincts: Madison 1; Polk City 1 and Union-Sheldahl 1

Contact(s): Jaclyn Brees and Shelly Silver

Phone: 515-782-7553 (Jaclyn)

Email: jaclyn.brees@gmail.com or rssilver11@gmail.com

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

South Side Democrats

Precincts: Allen 1, Des Moines 50 – 54, 64 – 84

Contact(s): Joe Henry 

Phone: 515-208-7312 

Email: joehenry@iowalatinos.org

When: Fourth Tuesday of each month

Time: 6:30 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: Pleasant Hill 1 - 3, Four Mile, Runnells

Contact(s): Megan Bickel 

Phone:  

Email: sepolkdems@gmail.com

When: Second Thursday of each month

Time: 6:30 pm

Where: Zoom

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

Urbandale Area Democrats

Precincts: Urbandale 1 – 11

Contact(s): Sheryl Jensen

Phone: 515-771-3028

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 – 213, 311 – 318

Contact(s): Julie Lasche Brown                                           

Phone: 515-491-8391                       

Email: iamjulieb@gmail.com

When: Third Saturday of each month

Time: 11:00 am

Where: Tavern Pizza Restaurant, 1755 50th St, West Des Moines, IA 50266

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

Website: www.wdmdems.com 

Windsor Heights Democrats

Precincts: Windsor Heights 1 – 3

Contact(s): Michael Libbie 

Phone: 515-331-3206

Email: michael@insightcubed.com    

When: Last Tuesday of each month

Time: 6:30 pm

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

Twitter: @DemsHeights

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

​Neighbor to Neighbor Contact: Allison Engel (aengel2664@aol.com) or Scott Kirkpatrick (kirkpats71@aol.com)

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/