Friends of John Delaney

Tuesday, January 14, 2020
CONTACT: Brent Roske

Delaney Earns Endorsement from Influential Muscatine Democrat Henry Marquard

DES MOINES, IA - Today, John Delaney announced an endorsement from St. Ambrose University constitutional law professor and candidate for the Muscatine County Board of Supervisors Henry Marquard. 

Mr. Marquard serves as Vice President and General Counsel for Stanley Consultants, one of the largest consulting firms for engineering, construction and environmental services with 18 offices and operations in more than 100 countries. He also teaches part-time at St. Ambrose University in Davenport. He previously served on the Iowa District Export Council, appointed by United States Secretary of Commerce Pritzker. Marquard also previously served on the Iowa Environmental Protection Commission for four years, and served as its Chairman from 2008-09. 

Mr. Marquard said the following:
"Like many Iowans, I've found it difficult to make my decision regarding the caucus because we've had great candidates. I've been waiting for someone to inspire me. When John Delaney spoke in Muscatine on December 14, I found that inspiration. I've had the opportunity to talk to John many times in the last year. I was impressed with his background as a business leader and Congressman. His ideas for creating market incentives to reduce carbon emissions, for national public service to strengthen the bonds to unite Americans and his health care plan which ensures all Americans and delivers quality local health care were sound, practical and innovative. His honesty and integrity are obvious. In the last few months, John's message has stressed that our policy and leadership choices are really moral choices, deeply based on our American values. John ties public policy, public service, and our moral beliefs together with his faith-based belief that these are things we must do. The message is inspiring and I know now how deeply committed John is to making these things happen, not just because they are good ideas but because they are moral imperatives. You can't ask for anymore, nor should you ask for any less from a President. That's why I'm endorsing John Delaney."

Delaney is currently in the midst of a 40 town tour of rural Iowa. A full list of events can be found here.


Friends of John Delaney
Thursday, September 5, 2019
CONTACT: Monica Biddix

Delaney Sees Hard Work in Rural Iowa Paying Off, Releases New List of Endorsements

DES MOINES, IA – Today, 2020 Presidential candidate, John Delaney released another round of endorsements from Iowa Democratic leaders and activists. 
“From the very early stages of my campaign, I made a commitment to going everywhere and talking to everyone including those who feel left behind in rural Iowa,” said Congressman John Delaney. “I’ve made a long-term investment of resources in the state, and we are starting to see those efforts pay off. The people I talk to in Iowa aren’t concerned about impeachment or what is trending on Twitter. They’re concerned about pocket-book issues, the need for universal healthcare and how to leave this world a better place for their children and grandchildren."

“I’m very proud to have the endorsements of these individuals who are doing the important grassroots work of growing their local county parties. At the end of the day, Democrats want a candidate who can defeat Donald Trump, and I believe I have the background and policies to defeat Trump in November. People in Iowa are now really starting to pay attention to the Iowa Caucuses. I intend to stay in the race, and I plan on staying in the conversation and continue to win the support of Iowans one by one.”
Earlier this week, retired Des Moines Register, Chuck Offenburger, endorsed Delaney’s candidacy with his column: As Labor Day starts the stretch run in Iowa of the presidential race to our caucuses, our columnist endorses “Real Deal” Democrat John Delaney 
“Our country needs someone who can rise above the division and dissolution to get things done for the American people in urban and rural communities all across the nation,” said retired teacher, Susan Wulf Osvald. “I believe John Delaney has the right mix of government and business experience to go head to head with Trump in 2020 and the right mix of intelligence, honesty, love of the American way of life, and empathy for Iowans and Americans from all walks of life to lead our country forward and restore decency, experience, and integrity to the presidency.”

"I support John Delaney for president because he has the experience as a  successful entrepreneur to solve economic problems,” said Stan Watkins, retired Coe College Chemistry Professor. “His moderate-progressive proposals  are realistic. He has the temperament and integrity to solve human problems.”

"As an educator, I am happy that one of his priorities is education,” stated Brandi Parsons, Adult Education and Literacy Advocate. “Improving education is not an easy task to undertake - and when I asked him about his plan for addressing the inequities in education, he was very honest. He knows it is something that needs to be addressed - and he’s prepared to do something that many others filling the political stage right now are not doing.” 
Full List of Endorsements
Susan Wulf Osvald - Retired teacher and farmer, Audubon County
Mike and Shari Minnehan - Farmers and Activists, Greene County
Bill Monroe - Retired Pharmacist, Greene County 
George Rodriguez - Shelby County Affirmative Action Chair, Shelby County
Janis Lustgraaf - Pottawattamie County Democrats Rural Caucus Group Member
Kent Redding - First-time Caucusgoer, Pottawattamie County
Lori Bliss - Pottawattamie County Democrats Activist
Stan Watkins - Retired Coe College Professor, Linn County
Rita Purdin - Iowa County Democrats Treasurer
Brandi Parsons - Adult Education and Literacy Advocate, Linn County
Donna Crum - Mills County Democrats Chair***
Twyla Peacock - Van Buren County Democrats Chair***
Nancy Camardo - Wayne County Democrats Chair***
Chuck Offenburger- Retired Des Moines Register columnist, Greene County***
***Denotes previous public endorsements

At the end of this month, Delaney will speak at the 2019 Harry Hopkins Dinner sponsored by the Woodbury County Democrats. 

Friends of John Delaney
Wednesday, September 4th, 2019
CONTACT: Carrie Healey

ICYMI: "I Support John Delaney Because He Shows Up"

FRIENDSHIP HEIGHTS, MD - In a letter to the editor sent to Iowa Starting Line on Wednesday, 4th generation farm owner and Iowa voter Susan Wulf Osvald praised JohnDelaney for his commitment to Iowa voters, veterans, the rural economy and more. Highlighting his dedication to offering real solutions, not impossible promises, Susan Wulf Osvald wrote:

"A Delaney administration will prioritize creating a future that is more prosperous, more secure, and more just for Iowa families. Our country needs someone who can rise above the division and dissolution to get things done for the American people in urban and rural communities all across the nation."

The full letter is copied below and can be read here:

I Support John Delaney Because He Shows Up
Susan Wulf Osvald

No other person running for president has spent as much time in Iowa as John Delaney.

He made his second visit to Audubon County, one of Iowa’s smallest in population, when he came to Exira, my hometown, for a picnic and policy discussion on a sweltering August evening.

Since September of 2017, I’ve attended four Delaney campaign events in small west-central Iowa communities – each time I’ve learned something and been impressed withDelaney’s policy proposals and his answers to questions from people who care deeply about our land, lifestyle, communities, and our country and its leadership role in a global society.

I support John Delaney because he shows up, presents his common-sense vision for our country’s future, and answers questions.

Congressman Delaney also really listens to our concerns and ideas. I am a 4th generation Exira-area farm owner and a retired elementary teacher still subbing. My husband is an Army veteran and retired farmer. We are involved in our community through our church, organizations, boards, and volunteer activities. Among our concerns which John has addressed thoughtfully and intelligently are agriculture – including markets, trade, and tariffs; climate change and environmental concerns such as land use, clean water and air; education; energy – particularly wind and ethanol; healthcare; housing; our deteriorating infrastructure; the economy -especially rural poverty, workers, and jobs; Social Security; veteran and active military personnel well-being; foreign relations, and cybersecurity.

John is campaigning on a vision of bipartisan cooperation, instead of the divisive mode we see way too much of today. Instead of simply outlining a positive agenda that can move our country forward, he’s built a movement of “real solutions, not impossible promises.”

He’s promised to spend his first 100 days in the White House promoting not just the Democratic answer or Republican counterpart, but the bipartisan “right answer.” I encourage you to read his book, The Right Answer: How We Can Unify Our Divided Nation.

A Delaney administration will prioritize creating a future that is more prosperous, more secure, and more just for Iowa families. Our country needs someone who can rise above the division and dissolution to get things done for the American people in urban and rural communities all across the nation.

I believe John Delaney has the right mix of government and business experience to go head to head with Trump in 2020 and the right mix of intelligence, honesty, love of the American way of life, and empathy for Iowans and Americans from all walks of life to lead our country forward and restore decency, experience, and integrity to the presidency.

He’s focused on the future. If you’ve not yet seen him here in Iowa, I urge you to attend a Delaney event on his next trip to Iowa, pay attention to his commercials, and check out his website (


Friends of John Delaney
Tuesday, September 3, 2019

ICYMI: John Delaney Picks Up Key Iowa Caucus Endorsement from Chuck Offenburger, former Des Moines Register Columnist

DES MOINES, IA – Just five months out from the Iowa Caucuses, 2020 Presidential candidate John Delaney picked up a key endorsement from longtime Des Moines Register columnist and author, Chuck Offenburger. Offenburger was born in Iowa and wrote for the Des Moines Register for 26 years; 21 of those writing the famous 'Iowa Boy' column. Jay Wagner, editor of The Iowan magazine, wrote that "Chuck is really an institution in Iowa". About Offenburger's endorsement of John Delaney, Pulitzer Prize-winning editor of the Storm Lake Times, Art Cullen, tweeted: 'Chuck Offenburger knows Iowa as well as anyone.'
Key quotes from the Offenburger endorsement of John Delaney:
“There’s not been any other candidate who’s come even close to Delaney in how he’s worked Iowa in this election cycle.”

“I believe former Maryland congressman John Delaney is the ‘Real Deal’ Democrat in this wild scramble for the presidency. And he now has my endorsement.”

Delaney knows the territory.”

“He was by far the first to be in all 99 counties, and now he’s nearly been to all of them twice. He’s done more meetings in Iowa than anybody else. I like his tenacity, his honesty and his common-sense approach.”

"Precisely, Delaney is currently on his 36th trip to the state since the summer of 2017. As of last Saturday, he’s made campaign stops at 379 political events all over Iowa."

"Delaney also identifies himself as a 'big tent Democrat,' one who welcomes independents and unhappy Republicans. In Exira recently, he told the crowd, 'I think you beat Trump on decency, common sense and real solutions.' And he often says that one of the biggest issues of this election cycle may well be 'how divided our country is,' as he said in Churdan. 'I want to be the president who unifies this country again, who restores the notion of common purpose.'”

The complete article can be read at: As Labor Day starts the stretch run in Iowa of the presidential race to our caucuses, our columnist endorses “Real Deal” Democrat JohnDelaney

He recently appeared on CNN where he states that Democrats should "stand for policies that progressives, moderates, independents and even disaffected Republicans can get behind." Click Here to View.

Friends of John Delaney
Friday, February 15, 2019
CONTACT: Monica Biddix

Delaney Announces New Iowa Democratic County Chair Endorsement

Ahead of multi-presidential candidate event in Monroe County on February 17th, Delaney picks up endorsement from neighboring county’s Democratic Chair

DES MOINES, IA – John Delaney announced a new endorsement today from Iowa’s Lucas County Democratic Party Chair and newly-elected Lucas County Caucus Chair Joan Amos. Chair Amos’ support continues a surge of early endorsements from three Iowa Democratic County Chairs in counties spanning the state.
“My husband John and I believe that John Delaney is the best candidate to stand up against Donald Trump, bring our country together, and really get things done in Washington,” said Chair Amos.  “John Delaney’s policies will improve people’s lives and can get passed right away. We intend to caucus for him, and we encourage fellow Democrats to look into his policies and hear him speak.” 
Delaney is the first Democratic presidential candidate to have visited all 99 Iowa counties since 2008. He is drawing attention for his unique bipartisan approaches that aim to quickly pass legislation for universal healthcare, universal pre-k and community college, climate change, automation, and infrastructure. He has six field offices in Iowa and has made more than 20 visits to the state.


Friends of John Delaney
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
CONTACT: Ahmed Elsayed

Delaney Builds Momentum in Iowa with Endorsements from Three Democratic Party County Chairs

FRIENDSHIP HEIGHTS, MD – Today, three Iowa Democratic Party County Chairs endorsed John Delaney’s campaign for President – Donna Crum, Mills County Democrats Chair; Nancy Camardo, Wayne County Democrats Chair; Twyla Peacock, Van Buren County Democrats Chair. These are the first endorsements by Iowa Democratic County Chairs in the 2020 presidential campaign cycle.
“I am honored to receive the endorsements of County Chairs Crum, Camardo, and Peacock,” said John Delaney. “For years, they have led grassroots efforts in their communities that help win elections and lay the groundwork for the Iowa Caucuses. They have done fantastic work steering their Democratic County Committees and I’m excited to have their support.”
“For too long, Democrats have neglected voters in so-called ‘red counties’ in Iowa but I’m doing things differently. I’m making it a priority on my campaign to talk to voters everywhere. If we want to win, Democrats can’t just campaign in blue cities and counties – we need to go everywhere and talk to everyone,” Delaney added.
Earlier this month, Delaney announced several key Iowa staff positions and opened offices in Des Moines and Cedar Rapids. The Delaney campaign also announced Connie Klug and Paula Meyer as the Iowa Campaign Co-Chairs.
“As the field of presidential candidates becomes more and more crowded, first and foremost, I am looking for someone who can unite our country and defeat President Trump in 2020,” said Donna Crum. “As a pragmatic Democrat who is willing to work across the aisle, John Delaney is up to this challenge and he is my choice to be the next President of the United States. Our country needs a unifier rather than a divider. Congressman Delaney is running on a message of honesty and integrity in an effort to restore civility to not only the White House but the overall political discourse of our nation. Now more than ever we need Delaney’s leadership in order to focus on the future and believe in something better.”
“At a time when our country is so divided, it’s time for a fresh new voice that will unite our nation with a common purpose,” said Nancy Camardo. “John Delaney is a successful entrepreneur and Congressman with working-class roots, and I believe he has the right vision to get America back to work.”
“I think people need to think very seriously about who they’re going to support,” stated Twyla Peacock. “There are going to be several candidates running and I think it's very important for people to get involved in this election. I’m supporting John Delaney because he has the same values that I do and he's an honest person.”
This week, Delaney will open offices in Council Bluffs and Sioux City and will hold a town hall in Denison, Iowa. Delaney has already campaigned in all 99 Iowa counties.