Wilburn is simply two weeks into the state chairman’s submit: he was elected to interchange interim chairman Mark Smith, who was elected following the post-caucus resignation of Troy Worth.
A state lawmaker from Ames and former Iowa Metropolis mayor, Wilburn is the primary black Iowan to function state chairman of a serious political celebration. He mentioned he believes a crucial part for rebuilding the Iowa Democratic Celebration — and reversing its 2020 electoral fortunes — is fixed, quite than election cycle-to-election cycle organizing.
“One factor that’s clear to me is year-round organizing,” Wilburn mentioned. “I’ve acquired to fundraise, we’ve acquired to fundraise in order that we are able to have that year-round presence as an alternative of beginning, stopping, beginning, stopping with the coordinated marketing campaign.”
Wilburn mentioned year-round organizing would assist Iowa Democrats attain and develop relationships with extra voters, particularly in rural areas of the state, the place the celebration has been hemorrhaging assist over the previous decade.
“12 months-round organizing will assist us have a presence in Iowa, rural, city, throughout the board to have these relationships in order that we’re not simply coming to communities (and saying), ‘Vote for us,’ however (additionally), ‘What are the problems? What are you dealing with?’ And let’s work collectively to attempt to resolve these. And I feel that’s a part of the Democratic model, grassroots organizing,” Wilburn mentioned. “There’s no query that Democrats have misplaced floor and probably not caught to that message of, ‘What are the problems? What are Democrats doing to resolve them?’”