At a hot and sun-drenched campaign picnic in Urbandale at Living History Farms, John Norris drew a sizable crowd to his gubernatorial kick-off tour. With about 200 people in attendance, Norris’ event was the largest yet of the Democratic Terrace Hill hopefuls, as well as the most bountiful: a pot luck style meal filled the park tables. Norris himself joined a band on stage before his speech to belt out some lines from a Johnny Cash song.
Norris began his six-day, 20-stop tour in his hometown of Red Oak, and is traveling through Northwest Iowa today. Sunday’s event in the Des Moines metro was a certainly family affair: the Norris’ sons were part of the Boy Scout flag presentation and pledge of allegiance, and Jackie Norris, John’s wife, introduced him.
“He learned from the school of real life on the farm,” Jackie Norris said of her husband. “He has experience at the state, federal, global and regulatory level, he has lived a full and diverse life that has allowed him to see problems in many levels.”
The candidate took the stage to thank his friends and family for their early support, and began to lay out a vision for his candidacy and Iowa.