To our friends and supporters: By now you have seen the election results, and know that we did not win the race for Iowa Secretary of Agriculture. However, we did engage the public in an important discussion and debate on the future of our food and agriculture, and we moved the dialogue forward. I very [...]
Countdown to Victory: 1 Day You have a few more chances to catch up with Francis Thicke, your candidate for Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, before the election Tuesday. He will cast his ballot early today at the Jefferson County Courthouse in Fairfield, then set out on a two-day campaign tour with stops in Ames, Des [...]
Countdown to Victory: 3 Days We’re experiencing positive momentum as the Francis Thicke for Iowa Secretary of Agriculture campaign enters the final hours. Francis can win this, and you can help by making get-out-the-vote phone calls (to help, sign up here), by contributing to the $18,000 we need for media buys and voter recruitment calls [...]
“This editorial board sees Thicke as being head and shoulders above the competition, and we want him as our next secretary of Agriculture.” So said the Iowa State Daily editorial board in its endorsement of my candidacy for Iowa Secretary of Agriculture. Here is their full endorsement statement: Last week the Daily’s Editorial Board ran [...]
Jim Hightower’s endorsement:
“In Iowa’s election for Secretary of Agriculture, the choice couldn’t be clearer. On one hand you’ve got Francis Thicke, who has worked as a dairy farmer for 27 years, selling his products locally and actually building the economy. On the other hand, you’ve got Bill Northey who has led a team that invested nearly $1 million in Brazil’s ethanol production. In a world where money talks, maybe Bill Northey should be running for Secretary of Agriculture in Brazil.”
Thicke accepted Northey’s invitation to debate Sept. 11 at the Clay County Fair in Spencer, Northey’s home territory. The Thicke campaign reciprocated, inviting Northey to Thicke’s hometown of Fairfield to take questions in a multimedia debate sponsored by the Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce, the Fairfield Ledger and KRUU Radio, all of Fairfield; and KTVO News and the Ottumwa Courier, both of Ottumwa.
I visited the Johnson County Fair on Thursday night and visited a booth holding a mock election of the November ballot. The election results are in. The results were good for Democrats, perhaps to be expected in Johnson county. I was particularly pleased to see that I had beaten the Republican incumbent, Bill Northey, with 61% of the vote for me [...]