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DES MOINES, IA – The Republican Party of Polk County will host a Summer Sizzle & Straw Poll on  Sunday, August 24 from 5 -8 p.m. at the Izaak Walton League Center, 4343 George Flagg Parkway, Des  Moines.  National, state and local candidates are also invited to participate in this summer fun-filled event.

Ben CarsonThe Special Guest Speaker for the evening will be Dr. Ben Carson in his first public Iowa visit of 2014 as he criss-crosses the nation.

The Republican Party of Polk County will also conduct a Presidential Straw Poll as part of the evening’s festivities.  As the largest county in Iowa, all eyes (and candidates) are focused on the Des Moines metro county.  A significant number of  votes cast in Iowa elections come from Polk County.

There will be a public book signing following the event onsite for purchase and autographing, said the event coordinators.

Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., M.D. is an emeritus professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery, and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where he directed pediatric neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center for 29 years.  He was the inaugural recipient of a professorship dedicated in his name and is now the Emeritus Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., M.D. and Dr. Evelyn Spiro, R.N. Professor of Pediatric Neurosurgery.

Dr. Carson is a FOX News contributor, writes a weekly opinion column for the Washington Times, and his newest book released in May, One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America’s Future, is still a New York Times bestseller. He and his wife Candy have three sons.

Chairman Will Rogers stated, “The opportunity to welcome Dr. Ben Carson is a great way to start our traditional campaign season.   Contributions for this event will focus on implementing our ‘boots on the ground’ plan. The key to winning this November is an extensive door-to-door voter identification program focused on registering new voters, and turning them out to vote for Republican candidates this fall.”

The Republican Party of Polk County is touting this as the largest event of the year to support its outstanding Republican ticket.  It is expected to be a sold-out event.  Individual tickets at $50 per person can be purchased by contacting the Republican Party of Polk County office at (515) 280-6438 and at info@polkgop.com  Sponsorships for the event are also available at various levels.  Tickets are available online at:  http://polkgop.com/summer-picnic-2014/

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