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Siouxland, first in the nation Iowa caucus, Sioux City

25 Jan

Iowa political parties, mainly Democrats and Republicans, exercised their first in the nation status this past week by holding caucuses to prepare for upcoming elections, Congressional as well as statehouse. I attended the Woodbury County Democratic caucus held at a local middle school. Roughly 70 plus die-hard party members attended to began planning for the upcoming 2014 elections. I read online that local media said roughly twice as many Republicans attended their caucuses for Woodbury County. Attending these caucuses can sometimes be insightful, but mostly whether ‘blue” or “red”, the people participating are passionate about their politics. You sometimes wished they would keep their vitriolic temperaments to themselves and work at trying to better themselves and their fellow citizens. Beyond the partisanship, this is grassroots politics at its best. The one thing noticeable about the Democratic caucus, and probably the Republican as well in Iowa, is that attending minorities are in short supply. But then again, it was a bitterly cold January Tuesday evening, and most  other people were snug in their homes, watching television.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Siouxland Election 2012, Sioux City

22 Jun

In Iowa every four years politics is ever present. We are lucky living in this state getting to see potential presidential candidates and eventually the candidate emerge from a running field of thoughtful men and women. Each striving to put their individual mark on history, as fleeting or as lasting as it may be. I got the chance to photograph some of the Republican presidential candidates during the Fall of 2011 and then prior to the Iowa Caucus night when local delegates came together to select who they felt would share their own interests leading the country forward, writing a new chapter.

Images of the candidates as they stumped in the area to make their case to constituents and interested parties why they believed they were best qualified to lead the country for the next four years.

Jerry Mennenga, Sioux City, Iowa

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