Joe Biden and Family in Onawa – Nov. and Dec. 2007

On February 3, 2012, in , by Jody Ewing

Senator Joe Biden and Family Campaign in Onawa, IA

 

Democratic incumbent Senior U.S. Senator Joe Biden of Delaware made a stop at Janz Restaurant in Onawa, Iowa, on Nov. 11, 2007, to meet and visit with Monona County Democratic community activists. Those in attendance asked some tough questions, and Sen. Biden wasn’t afraid to look them in the eye when he anwered.

Following Sen. Biden’s visit, his son Beau Biden (Delaware’s Attorney General), met with Jody Ewing and Dennis Ryan in their home on Nov. 25 and again on Dec. 9 with other local activists. Sen. Biden’s wife Jill also met with area Democrats at the Onawa Public Library on December 28, 2007.

At the time of his bid for US President, Sen. Biden was serving his sixth term as US Senator, the sixth longest-serving amongst [then] current senators. Delaware’s longest serving Senator, Biden also served as Chairman of the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations in the 110th Congress.

He went on to become the Vice President of the United States.

Photos by Jody Ewing and Dennis Ryan

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Jefferson Jackson Dinner 11-10-07

On January 31, 2012, in , by Jody Ewing

The 2007 Jefferson Jackson Dinner in
Des Moines, IA

November 10, 2007

It’s the Iowa Democratic Party’s biggest event of the year, giving thousands of everyday citizens the opportunity to meet and visit with party leaders and Presidential hopefuls, all of whom share one universal goal: to move America forward and bring the country together.

Photos by Jody Ewing and Dennis Ryan

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Bill Richardson – Onawa 12-26-07

On January 24, 2012, in , by Jody Ewing

Governor Bill Richardson

Onawa Public Library, Onawa, IA

December 26, 2007

Photos from New Mexico Gov. and Presidential candidate Bill Richardson’s visit to Onawa, IA, on December 26, 2007.

Photos by Dennis Ryan

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John and Teresa Kerry – 12-31-03

On January 24, 2012, in , by Jody Ewing

Senator John Kerry in Onawa and Sen. Kerry and wife Teresa Heinz Kerry in Sioux City

 

New Year’s Eve

December 31, 2003

On Dec. 31, 2003, Sen. John Kerry’s Monona County campaign chair Jody Ewing hosted an event for Sen. Kerry at Janz Restaurant in Onawa. Jody and her family later attended the New Year’s Eve gala at Sioux City’s Community Theatre, hosted by Sen. Kerry and his wife Teresa Heinz Kerry.

Photos by Dennis Ryan and Jody Ewing

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Dick Gephardt in Onawa – 3-9-03

On January 23, 2012, in , by Jody Ewing

Rep. Dick Gephardt in Onawa, Iowa


March 9, 2003

 
The Monona County Democrats hosted a coffee for Missouri Rep. and Presidential candidate Dick Gephardt at the Onawa Community Center on March 9, 2003.

Photos by Jody Ewing

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Teresa Heinz Kerry at Thelander Home – 12-21-03

On January 23, 2012, in , by Jody Ewing

Teresa Heinz Kerry at the Thelander home in Onawa, Iowa


December 21, 2003

 

On Dec. 21, 2003, Sen. John Kerry’s County Chair, Jody Ewing, and Jody’s mother, Hope Thelander, hosted a coffee for Teresa Heinz Kerry in the Thelander home. Teresa was there campaigning in behalf of her husband, Sen. John Kerry, who was seeking the 2004 Presidential nomination.

Photos by Jody Ewing and Dennis Ryan

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Howard Dean in Onawa – 3-27-03

On January 23, 2012, in , by Jody Ewing

Gov. Howard Dean in Onawa, IA

March 27, 2003

 

Vermont Gov. and Presidential candidate Howard Dean met with Monona County Democrats in Onawa, Iowa, during a coffee at Janz Restaurant held March 27, 2003.

Photos by Jody Ewing

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Chris Matthews and John Edwards in Onawa – 10-14-04

On January 22, 2012, in , by Jody Ewing

Hardball Host Chris Matthews and
Sen. John Edwards

Onawa, IA ~ October 14, 2004

 
On October 14, 2004, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews and Sen. John Edwards visited Onawa, IA, where Edwards would meet with Monona County activists and where Matthews would interview Edwards before taping an episode for his renowned cable TV program, Hardball with Chris Matthews.

As part of his show, Chris interviewed Jody Ewing (Presidential candidate John Kerry’s county chair) and Dennis Ryan of Onawa. (See a partial of the video here.)

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Christie Vilsack in Onawa – 12-14-06

On January 22, 2012, in , by Jody Ewing

Christie Vilsack in Onawa, Iowa

Kick-off Tour for Gov. Tom Vilsack’s 2008 Bid for U.S. President

December 14, 2006

Iowa’s First Lady Christie Vilsack visited with Monona County residents in Onawa on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2006 as part of the kick-off tour for Gov. Tom Vilsack’s ’08 bid for U.S. President.

Photos by Jody Ewing and Dennis Ryan

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Bill Richardson at Thelander home – 9-13-07

On January 22, 2012, in , by Jody Ewing

Photos from Gov. Bill Richardson’s visit to my mother’s home in Onawa, IA

September 13, 2007

New Mexico Governor and Presidential candidate Bill Richardson knew he’d found an “uncommon” supporter in my stepfather, Earl Thelander (a lifelong republican), and when Earl suffered third-degree burns in an Aug. 28, 2007 explosion caused by copper thieves, Gov. Richardson made attempts to contact him at Clarkson’s Burn Unit in Omaha, NE. My stepdad, however, was kept in a medically induced coma due to pain from the severity of burns.

Though my stepfather succumbed to the burns and died Sept. 1, Gov. Richardson still wanted to know more about this man. On Sept. 13, 2007 — one week after Dad Earl’s funeral and the day following my mother’s breast cancer diagnosis — Gov. Richardson met privately with my mom and family in my mother’s home.

In that unhurried and wonderful afternoon, with no media nor any cameras present (except mine), we told a Democrat named Bill all about a Republican named Earl and, in the process, discovered the many common threads that connected this good man to another he’d never met.

Read my story about that day here.

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