Franklin Center Journalist Announced As Moderator for First Presidential Candidate Series

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011



Alexandria, VA –   Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity’s journalist Lynn Campbell of Iowa Politics.com will moderate Mitt Romney’s first Presidential Candidate Series event on Friday, May 27th from 12:00pm to 1:00pm at the State Historical Building in downtown Des Moines. Iowa Politics.com is a capitol news bureau in Iowa that was recently acquired by the Franklin Center, a national nonprofit journalism organization.

“We are honored to be able to participate in such an important event. At the Franklin Center, we are always telling the news. Now we have the opportunity to help make the news,” said Franklin Center President Jason Stverak.

This is a new series being sponsored by the Greater Des Moines Partnership, Mediacom and Iowa Politics.com and in partnership with the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs to bring the Presidential Candidate Series to the Des Moines area. All other serious Presidential candidates will participate in the future, the series will continue until the February Caucus.

“Iowans are intensely proud and passionate of their role in helping to select our nation’s leader every four years,” said Martha Willits, CEO and President of the Greater Des Moines Partnership. “Our ‘first in the nation’ status also carries great responsibility to become acquainted with the candidates, educated on the issues, and vocal on the issues important to Iowa voters.  That’s why we are pleased to partner with local and statewide groups to host this Des Moines-area series.”

Attendees to the series will have the opportunity to submit questions via social media on the Partnership sites. The event is free of charge and open to the public.

Attendees may RSVP by visiting this website.  The event will be held at 600 East Locust Street, Des Moines. Free parking is available at the state parking lot located across Grand Avenue.

Founded in January of 2009, the Franklin Center is a nonpartisan organization that believes that new technology can advance the cause of transparency in government. The Franklin Center aims to educate, to advise, and to train individuals and organizations from all backgrounds to become thorough, unbiased, and responsible reporters well versed in new media techniques and journalistic integrity.

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