Several members of the Republican Women of Central Iowa joined fellow Republican leaders from across the state Oct. 6-7 at the Iowa Federation of Republican Women’s biennial convention in Des Moines, focusing on GOP unity and securing victories in the 2018 midterm elections.

“This is the first State Convention our local group has attended and we left with a sense of excitement in our outlook for the future of the Grand Old Party in Iowa,” said RWCI President Laura Carlson, of Story City. “Our mission is to give our local Republicans support up and down the ticket and we are excited to help our fellow conservatives, both men and women, in every way we can throughout central Iowa.”

Carlson also pointed out that, “RWCI represents the party that first made it possible for women to vote, and in Iowa the Republican party has many firsts for women — the first woman governor, the first female elected to the US Senate, the first female Speaker of the House in the Iowa Legislature, and the first woman as the State Auditor — all proud Republicans.”

Local women heard from convention speakers including US Sen. Joni Ernst, US Representative David Young, National Federation of Republican Women President Carrie Almond, Republican National Committeewoman Tamara Scott, Republican National Committeeman Steve Scheffler, State Auditor Mary Mosiman, Republican Party of Iowa Chair Jeff Kaufmann, and Iowa Federation of College Republican President Michael Fredrickson.

On Tuesday, Oct. 10, the RWCI convened a meeting at The IowaStater Restaurant in Ames where officers for the next two-year cycle were elected: President, Laura Carlson, Story City; Vice President, Kay Rice, Boone; Secretary, Katherine Asjes, Nevada; Treasurer, Rebecca Cordray, Nevada; and Historian, Sheryl Soden, Ames. Republican National Committeewoman Tamara Scott was the featured speaker.

The RWCI was chartered in July of this year and is an affiliate of the IowaFRW. The goals of RWCI include offering fellowship opportunities for like-minded central Iowans, supporting local Republican candidates and helping the Iowa State University Republicans.

The IowaFRW was founded in 1939 in Tama County. It is chartered under the National Federation of Republican Women.