U.S. Sen. Cory Booker
U.S. Sen. Cory Booker

April 12, 2019

Two Democratic presidential candidates and Iowa’s senior U.S. senator have planned public forums in Carroll next week.

Within four days, Carroll-area residents — and people who visit the region — will have an opportunity to interact with three U.S. senators, ask questions and even pose for photos.

On Tuesday, April 16, at 1:30 p.m., U.S. Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, a Democratic White House candidate, will be at the Carrollton Centre.

The “coffee with Cory” will be an “open discussion” with Iowa voters, the Booker campaign said, adding that the Carroll event will be part of the senator’s national “Justice for All Tour” in which he will “focus in on the communities in Iowa which, for too long, have been forgotten, left out, and left behind.”

The next day, Wednesday April 17, U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, will hold a town hall at 1:30 p.m. in the gymnasium at New Hope Village, 1211 E. 18th St.

Grassley’s town hall is part of his annual visit to Carroll County, a stop along the senator’s long-running 99-county tour. Grassley is billing the event as a “town hall meeting” with “everyone welcome.”

Then on Friday, April 19, Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand, a U.S. senator from New York, will hold an economic-development discussion and question-and-answer session at the Carroll campus of Des Moines Area Community College, 906 N. Grant Road, with an expected start time of 3 p.m. The campaign has not released the official time for the event of press time. Carroll County Democratic Party Chairman Peter Leo is expected to moderate the Gillibrand event.