Our plan to endorse a People & Planet candidate for governor of Iowa

The upcoming gubernatorial race will be hotly contested. There’s a wide field of challengers who want to take on Kim Reynolds and her corporate cronies.

But will Iowa’s next governor be a People & Planet First champion or yet another “business as usual” politician?

That’s where we come in!

The CCI Action board of directors sees this as an opportunity to inject our style of progressive populism into the race to do politics differently. I’m excited to announce that CCI Action has decided to start a formal endorsement process for the governor’s race.

Specifically, we think our endorsement process is a way to:

  • Advance our organizing campaigns, by making candidates take a stand on our issues.
  • Build our people-power base, bringing like-minded Iowans into our work.
  • Train ourselves on doing electoral field work – knocking on doors, making calls, talking to voters, etc.

Ultimately, we want to lay the groundwork for a possible co-governing relationship – where elected officials govern hand-in-hand with movement organizations like CCI Action.

To kick start the process, we’ve sent this issue questionnaire to all gubernatorial candidates. We’ll release all of the responses in a couple of weeks.

But we also want to make sure our endorsement process accurately reflects the voice of CCI Action members and leaders.

That’s why we have formed an endorsement committee of 30 top CCI Action leaders from around the state to drive this process forward. That’s also why we will be surveying a cross-section of CCI Action leaders as a part of this process.

I’m excited about this, and I hope you are, too.

Stay tuned! In the meantime, if you see a gubernatorial candidate, make sure to ask them one of the four questions we think all candidates should answer. Then let CCI Action staff know how the conversation goes!

Thanks for all that you do,


Barb Kalbach

CCI Action Board President

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