Presidential Candidates' Visits in 2019

​​Iowa is home to the first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses, a distinction our state has held since 1972. And throughout the years, DMACC has been recognized as an important stop for candidates because of the leadership role we serve in educating Iowa’s workforce, supporting our community and improving lives.

Conversations with Presidential Candidates

In 2019, DMACC played an important role in the caucus process by hosting and engaging most of the presidential candidates. DMACC partnered with Iowa PBS on a new forum series – “Conversations With The Presidential Candidates” – hosted on the DMACC Ankeny Campus. The series provided a unique opportunity for students and community members to hear directly from the candidates. Participants included Sen. Cory Booker, former Vice President Joe Biden, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Amy Klobuchar and former Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Headshots of Cory Boooker, Joe Biden, Beto O'Rourke, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Pete Buttigieg      

DMACC College Visits

In addition, many candidates made informal visits to the College. A few examples include:

John Hickenlooper standing next to his RV talking with DMACC President Rob Denson    
Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper arriving on campus in his new Winnebago and getting a driving lesson from DMACC President Denson, who proudly maintains his commercial trucking license​​

Jill Biden walking in an area with Tool and Die Machines talking with a mother who is holding her young child by the hand.    
Dr. Jill Biden, wife of candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden, listening intently to DMACC students during a walking tour of our in-demand career and technical programs

Jay Inslee looking up to the sky with cameramen around him.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee marveling at the DMACC wind turbine on our Ankeny Campus while speaking with local media members about wind energy.

The DMACC Newton Campus hosted Senator’s Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders; Tom Steyer; Mayor Pete Buttegeig and Vice President Joe Biden​

The DMACC Carroll Campus hosted Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Andrew Yang