The Boone, Hamilton, Hardin and Story County Democrats and the ISU Democrats are proud to announce that Democratic rising star, Michael Blake, will be the keynote speaker at their event “The Big Tent on the Prairie,” June 24, from 2-4 p.m.,at Alluvial Brewing Company, 3715 W 190th St, in Ames. They are pleased to welcome Democratic gubernatorial candidates as well.

Keynote speaker Michael Blake is the son of Jamaican immigrants, who graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in journalism. In 2008, Blake served as the Iowa Deputy Political Director for Barack Obama and in 2012 as the National Deputy Director of Operation Vote for President Obama. Blake currently serves as the New York Assemblyman from the 79th district in the Bronx and is a newly elected vice chair of the Democratic National Committee.

All the Democratic gubernatorial candidates have been invited and the following are confirmed to speak: Cathy Glasson, Andy McGuire, Jon Neiderbach and Todd Prichard, with John Norris being represented by his wife Jackie. Nate Boulton and Mike Matson are unable to attend.

Admission is free, though this is the Summer fundraiser and donations will be accepted at the door, to be shared by the participating counties and the ISU Democrats. Light refreshments and beverages will be served. Alluvial Brewing Company will have additional beverages for purchase. Musical entertainment will be provided by Ben Schrag & The Cautionaries. This is a family-friendly event with activities for the children.

To learn more, visit or call 515-735-8259