The Greater Des Moines Partnership will host a series of candidate forums in September and October for its investors and regional members.


The series involves a town hall-style format, where Central Iowa business and community leaders will have the opportunity to hear from and question the candidates about their vision for Iowa. The Partnership's 2014 Candidate Series is sponsored by MidAmerican Energy Co.


The Partnership has extended invitations to candidates for governor, the U.S. Senate, and Iowa's congressional districts. The candidates from both major political parties were invited. All forums will take place at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden.


To date, the following candidates have confirmed participation in the Candidate Series:


Thursday, Sept. 11 - 7:30 - 9 a.m.

  • Jim Mowrer, candidate for the 4th Congressional District

Tuesday, Sept. 16 - 11: 30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

  • Gov. Terry Branstad, candidate for governor

Thursday, Sept. 18 - 7:30 - 9 a.m.

  • State Sen. Jack Hatch, candidate for governor

Tuesday, Sept. 23 - 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

  • David Young, candidate for the 3rd Congressional District

Tuesday, Oct. 7 - 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

  • Congressman Dave Loebsack, candidate for the 2nd Congressional District

Tuesday, Oct. 14 - 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Staci Appel, candidate for the 3rd Congressional District