Des Moines Register Political Soapbox bringing 2022 candidates to the Iowa State Fair

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More than a dozen of Iowa's 2022 candidates for statewide and federal office accepted the Des Moines Register's opportunity to speak at the Political Soapbox at the Iowa State Fair in August.

At the Soapbox, the hopefuls are offered 20 minutes, a microphone and a crowd happy to listen to political pitches.

The event, held along the Grand Concourse in front of the Horner Service Center, has become an Iowa tradition, which has put the state on the national stage.

While the Fair allows candidates to don cowboy boots and eat giant turkey legs in the hot August sun, the Soapbox provides a space for real political discussion. Face-to-face with Iowans, candidates must explain and defend their policy positions in front of a live audience. The Des Moines Register will provide coverage and on-demand video from speeches at DesMoinesRegister.com/Soapbox.

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All candidates who have made the ballot for U.S. Congress, governor and statewide offices have been invited. Any who do not appear below either declined to participate or did not respond to repeated invitations.

The schedule is subject to change and will be updated if changes occur.

Previous 2022 speakers:

Saturday, Aug. 20

  • Noon: Republican Todd Halbur, candidate for auditor of state

  • 4:30 p.m.: Democrat Liz Mathis, candidate for Iowa's 2nd Congressional District.

Wednesday, Aug. 17

Tuesday, Aug. 16

  • Noon: Democrat Rob Sand, incumbent candidate for auditor of state

Monday, Aug. 15

  • 1:30 p.m.: Democrat Ryan Melton, candidate for Iowa's 4th Congressional District

Saturday, Aug. 13

  • 3 p.m.: Bryan Jack Holder, Liberty Caucus candidate for Iowa's 4th Congressional District

  • 4:30 p.m.: Democrat Joel Miller, candidate for Iowa secretary of state

Thursday, Aug. 11

  • 1:30 p.m.: Democrat Michael Fitzgerald, incumbent candidate for treasurer of state

  • 4:30 p.m.: Democrat John Norwood, candidate for Iowa secretary of agriculture

This article originally appeared on Des Moines Register: Every Des Moines Register Political Soapbox speech at Iowa State Fair