DES MOINES – The Iowa Democratic Party today announced the winners for the annual Hall of Fame Award Ceremony. Former Congressman Leonard Boswell will receive the Outstanding Elected Official Award and long-time Polk County Activist Ed Skinner will receive the Outstanding Supporter Award in a ceremony to be headlined by Iowa Senator Tom Harkin. The Event will be Saturday, June 8th, at the Meadows Conference Center in Altoona.
“The Iowa Democratic Party is proud to honor the achievements of this year’s award winners,” said IDP Chair Tyler Olson. “These individuals exemplify what it means to be a Democrat, and our party and our state is a better place because of their service.”
Congressman Leonard Boswell served in the US Congress from 1997 – 2013, where he championed veterans issues. Prior to that, Boswell’s public service included time in the Iowa Senate, where he served as President of the chamber, and in the US Military as a helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War.
Ed Skinner is a long-time Democratic activist and former state legislator from Altoona. He has been a strong advocate for eastern Polk County and has helped mentor generations of Democratic leaders throughout his life.
Award winners were nominated by Democrats from across the state. They will be honored at the Iowa Democratic Party Hall of Fame Ceremony June 8th at the Meadows Conference Center in Altoona.
The 2012 Hall of Fame Award Winners are:
Outstanding Elected Official Hall of Fame Award: Congressman Leonard Boswell
Outstanding Supporter Hall of Fame Award: Ed Skinner
Minnette Doderer Award for Outstanding Leadership: Betty McCarthy of Osage
Jim Lodwich Award for Outstanding SCC Member: Norm Sterzenbach of Cedar Rapids
Creech Award for Outstanding County Chair: Sue Frembgen of Davenport
Dixon Terry Award for Outstanding Activist: Kim Boggus of Des Moines and Sue Dvorsky of Coralville
Edward Campbell Rising Star Awards: Tristan Carman of Council Bluffs