John Delaney

First presidential candidate to arrive in Jefferson

Democratic Maryland Congressman John Delaney will get the honor Thursday of being the first presidential candidate of 2020 to hit Greene County.

Something tells us he won’t be the last.

Delaney, 55, will hold an agricultural roundtable discussion at the Milwaukee Depot, 509 E. Lincoln Way, with fellow Democratic candidates J.D. Scholten (candidate for the 4th Congressional District); Tim Gannon (candidate for Iowa secretary of agriculture); and Rippey farmer David Weaver (candidate for Iowa House District 47).

The group will discuss farming, rural towns and the agricultural economy from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Retired Des Moines Register columnist Chuck Offenburger, a Greene County resident, will moderate the public discussion.

The trip to Iowa is already Delaney’s 14th campaign trip to the state since declaring his candidacy in July 2017.

Delaney, a former blue-collar kid turned banker, lays claim as the only former CEO of a publicly traded company serving in the U.S. House.

He’ll also speak at the Des Moines Register’s State Fair Soapbox at 11 a.m. Friday and at the Iowa Democratic Wing Ding at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake at 5 p.m. Friday.

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