LOCAL ELECTION HQ: Dubuque Volunteer Explains Why 2016 Caucuses More Important Than Ever


Step into Cheryl Kramer’s Dubuque home and you’ll step back into political history.

“Carter, Reagan, Bush, Nixon, Ford,” said Kramer as she pointed out each of the five presidents photographed together, hanging proudly on a wall inside her Dubuque home.

But it’s Kramer herself who’s forging a political path. A picture on the Des Moines register captures Kramer decked out as an Iowa delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1992. That’s just the tip of the iceberg of Kramer’s involvement in Iowa’s Republican party.

“My father and I would read newspaper articles together and a lot of them were politically trending, and he’d say to me ‘what do you think about that?’ and then we’d talk about it,” said Kramer.  “I think it was really the launching pad for me to get into being a volunteer in politics.”

Since then, Kramer has served in a variety of political roles, including being the Dubuque County Chair during five of Governor Terry Branstad’s six elections. For the past 20 years, she’s also volunteered to work the highly anticipated Iowa caucuses.

“I always think it will be chaotic,” laughed Kramer. Especially with the crowded republican field facing voters this year, something Kramer says is a sign of the times.

“It tells me the American people have had enough of the type of government that we have been dealing with in recent years,” said Kramer.  She is a die-hard Donald Trump fan and believes much of Iowa is in agreement with her, something the polls also show. The most recent Des Moines Register poll shows Trump coming out on top of his party.

“[I’m looking forward to] new faces,” Kramer says. “People [who] want to get involved.”

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