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  Ras Smith · [email protected]
January 5, 2022 at 3:21 PM

Today I'm announcing

the suspension of my campaign for Governor of Iowa. Friend, When my team and I launched my campaign for governor last summer, we invited all Iowans to join our movement with the message "come as you are." We believe that there is a place for everyone in our collective vision for the f…
  Ras Smith (personal) · [email protected]
December 31, 2021 at 5:19 PM

tonight 🎉

If you're anything like me, you've been reflecting on the year that's passed.Hey friend! I wanted to chime in quickly before you ring in the new year. My team is wishing you a happy holiday -- they're getting ready to sign off while I'm finishing up some last minute tasks. If you're anything lik…
  Ras Smith · [email protected]
December 30, 2021 at 9:53 PM

This is awesome.

Take a look: This is awesome, friend. I know my team and I reached out to you a few times about our deadline that hits tomorrow before New Year's Eve. It's the end of the year, so it's a big one. We're blown away by your support. Contributions to defeat Kim Reynolds are absolutely po…
  Ras Smith · [email protected]
December 30, 2021 at 2:46 PM

Still short.

for [email protected] I'll cut right to the chase, friend, I want to make sure you saw the note from my team below. We have an important fundraising deadline tomorrow. A ton of you have stepped up, but we're still coming up $6,378 short. Thank you for all of your support for our campa…
  RasForIowa.com · [email protected]
December 29, 2021 at 4:15 PM

Supporter record for: [email protected]

Team, If you've been reading these updates, you're already aware that our most important fundraising deadline of the year hits on Friday at 11:59 pm. After Friday, we'll be required to report how much we raise, and from whom. These deadlines can feel arbitrary at times, but the trut…
  Ras Smith · [email protected]
December 28, 2021 at 2:57 PM

Our most important deadline.

Good news and bad news, friend. The good news is that we've had a tremendous start launching this campaign and visiting every corner of Iowa. From joining my parents on the picket line during the United Auto Workers strike at John Deere this fall, to the countless number of county pa…
  Ras Smith · [email protected]
December 26, 2021 at 7:15 PM

The end of the year.

Friend, If you celebrated Christmas, I hope you had a nice time with family and friends. We sure did in the Smith Household!   It's back to work before our biggest fundraising deadline of the year Friday. Here are some quick updates on where things stand. It's important to me that …
  Ras Smith · [email protected]
December 23, 2021 at 3:54 PM

Where we're headed.

Friend, I hope you have the chance to spend time with friends and family this holiday season -- whether it's by sharing a good meal, giving gifts, or giving back to your community through service. The end of the year is always an important time for us to reflect on where we've been …
  Ras Smith · [email protected]
December 21, 2021 at 11:41 PM

December [PHOTOS]

I can tell you from six years in the legislature, that there's no future for our state if we don't work to win now. Friend, With the holiday season in full swing, here's a quick update on where things stand with our campaign. It's important to me that you're kept in the loop. We're t…
  Ras Smith · [email protected]
December 18, 2021 at 4:07 PM

Kim Reynolds thinks the law doesn't apply to her.

Good government is very important. Iowa shouldn't tolerate Reynolds' attempt to conceal her communication from the general public. Friend, My opponent Kim Reynolds has been in the news a lot lately. When she makes the headlines, they usually look something like this:   AP News: M…
  Ras Smith via, RasForIowa.com · [email protected]
December 15, 2021 at 10:31 PM

re: Why I'm endorsing

he'll be a great governor and help the hard-working people of Iowa. Did you get a chance to see Randy's endorsement below, friend? I'm thrilled to have Iron Stache's support for our campaign. The fight for working families is picking up steam! Will you please take a moment to read be…
  RasForIowa.com · [email protected]
December 15, 2021 at 4:13 PM

Why I'm endorsing Ras Smith.

he'll be a great governor and help the hard-working people of Iowa. Hi friend, My name is Randy Bryce, but you might also know me as "Iron Stache." I'm the iron worker who took on former House Speaker Paul Ryan in Wisconsin in 2018. We came close to flipping that district, and then I…
  Ellen Goodmann Miller via, RasForIowa.com · [email protected]
December 11, 2021 at 4:42 PM

Hi, friend 👋

If you've driven with Ras, you won't be surprised when he stops to help with car trouble. Hi, friend 👋 My name is Ellen Goodmann Miller. If we haven't met yet, I'm proud to be serving as the Political Director for Ras' campaign. By now you probably know that we're not running a tradit…
  Ras Smith · [email protected]
December 8, 2021 at 4:51 PM

Will you add your name, friend?

If the Justices side with Mississippi, it will end Roe v. Wade and leave abortion law up to the states -- effectively banning the procedure in 26 states. Friend, Last week, the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments on a Mississippi law that bans abortion after 15 weeks. If the Justice…
  Breaking via, Team Ras HQ · [email protected]
December 6, 2021 at 4:21 PM


Ras Smith is going to be a great governor and help the hard-working people of Iowa. Huge news, team. Randy Bryce (also known as "Iron Stache") just endorsed our campaign for governor. We're asking you to chip in an urgent $3 in response to this high-profile endorsement. If you're n…
  Ras Smith · [email protected]
December 4, 2021 at 4:27 PM

Why Iowa needs a Democrat.

You probably remember what happened last time Iowa received aid of this magnitude from the federal government (hint: it wasn't good!) Team, Last month, Democrats in Washington passed a $1.2 trillion infrastructure package with bipartisan support. It rebuilds roads, bridges, mass trans…
  Ras Smith · [email protected]
December 2, 2021 at 4:41 PM

Thank you, friend.

Thank you for not waiting for anyone's permission to get involved with our campaign. Team, I know my team and I have been in touch a lot the past week. That's because we had an important end-of-month deadline. Thanks to you, I'm happy to report that we met the mark on our goal. Thank …
  Ras Smith (personal) · [email protected]
November 30, 2021 at 10:14 PM


This is our first monthly deadline since recent polling from Morning Consult showed that Kim Reynolds is America's 9th LEAST popular governor. I'll keep this brief, friend. Our end-of-month deadline hits in a few hours, and we're still coming up short. In a moment, I'm going to ask for your suppo…
  Team Ras via, RasForIowa.com · [email protected]
November 29, 2021 at 5:06 PM


showing how many people stand with Ras. We'll cut to the chase, friend. Yesterday we asked if there was anything we could say to convince you to chip in against GOP Governor Kim Reynolds. She's America's 9th LEAST popular governor, and Ras is taking her on. While we expected donatio…
  Team Ras via, RasForIowa.com · [email protected]
November 28, 2021 at 5:14 PM

Respectfully asking.

Friend, Is there anything we could say to convince you to chip in $3 to our campaign to bring new leadership to Iowa today before our end-of-month deadline hits on Tuesday? What if we told you that we have one of our biggest fundraising deadlines coming up at the end of the year? An…
  Ras Smith · [email protected]
November 27, 2021 at 5:04 PM

November [PHOTOS]

we're not waiting for anyone's permission to engage in a conversation about a better future for all of us. Friend, I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving with family and friends. There was a lot to be thankful for this month: The striking workers at John Deere won a contract that may not …
  Ras Smith · [email protected]
November 24, 2021 at 6:21 PM


Iowa is only as good as the health and wellness of our most vulnerable populations. Friend, I hope you have the opportunity to spend time with family and friends for Thanksgiving. For many, this is the first time in a few years the entire family can gather around the dinner table. Fo…
  Ras Smith · [email protected]
November 22, 2021 at 9:30 PM

a boost.

Kim Reynolds is vulnerable. According to Morning Consult, she's America's 9th least popular governor. Friend, Since announcing this campaign, we've received a lot of advice from political experts and insiders. They've advised us to follow the normal campaign playbook: Spend lots of ti…
  Team Ras Smith · [email protected]
November 20, 2021 at 5:12 PM

Waste, fraud, and abuse.

Des Moines Register: Kim Reynolds improperly used COVID relief funds for staff salaries Des Moines Register: Kim Reynolds improperly used COVID relief funds for staff salaries Friend, If you've been tracking Kim Reynolds' actions throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, this recent headline…
  Team Ras Smith · [email protected]
November 18, 2021 at 2:47 PM

The strike is over.

The striking workers at John Deere just secured a new contract that will boost wages and improve working conditions. Huge news, friend. The striking workers at John Deere just secured a new contract that will boost wages and improve working conditions. While this contract may not rep…
  Team Ras Smith · [email protected]
November 16, 2021 at 4:04 PM

Did you see this, friend?

Did you see Ras' note below, team? Unfortunately we came up short of where we needed to be to stay on track to hit our November target. With less than a year to go until the election, we really need to double down and we're asking again because it's that important. This campaign is d…
  Ras Smith · [email protected]
November 15, 2021 at 9:33 PM

Quick updates in my race.

National Republicans came out swinging against the striking workers at John Deere, accusing them of "jeopardizing entire crops and the livelihood of farmers all across Iowa." Friend, Before I ask you to chip in $30 to our mid-month goal, I want to share a few updates on the strike at …
  Ras Smith · [email protected]
November 11, 2021 at 5:07 PM

Veterans Day.

Let's make it our mission to ask how we can best serve veterans. Happy Veterans Day, friend. Last night, I hosted a roundtable with a handful of veterans to discuss how we can better serve and make Iowa a more welcoming place for veterans. I want to thank Army Reservist Jeno Berta, N…
  Ras Smith via, RasForIowa.com · [email protected]
November 9, 2021 at 9:32 PM

Worker productivity

has grown 3.5x as much as pay over the past several decades. Friend, In a moment I'm going to ask you to chip in $3 to our grassroots campaign. We're aiming to raise $7,000 online this month, and we're coming up $6,084 short of our goal. We need to pick up the pace a bit, but first l…
  Team Ras via, RasForIowa.com · [email protected]
November 7, 2021 at 5:09 PM

"Ras is uniquely qualified for this challenge."

"Ras is uniquely qualified for this challenge." - Charlie Hodges in Bleeding Heartland Team, With Virginia behind us, Democrats across the country see the importance of investing in bold leaders running on popular policies -- from urban to rural communities -- especially here in t…
  Ras Smith · [email protected]
November 5, 2021 at 3:23 PM

What's best for our kids is what's best for our state.

Reynolds and the rest of the GOP would rather put corporate and private interests first by cutting budgets and siphoning money from Iowa's public schools. Friend, A lot of the press and political pundits spent this week opining on how education was a defining issue in Virginia's elect…
  Ras Smith · [email protected]
November 3, 2021 at 3:00 PM

Last night.

Friend, In a moment I'm going to ask you to chip in $3 to our grassroots campaign, but first, let me tell you why Democrats' loss in Virginia doesn't change much for our campaign: • We already rejected the conventional playbook. We're not writing off any person or community -- even t…
  Ras Smith · [email protected]
November 2, 2021 at 3:35 PM

Thank you, friend.

Friend, I'll keep this brief since I know today's election day here in Iowa (and in New Jersey and Virginia too -- fingers crossed!) 🤞 I'm pleased to report that we were able to meet, and even exceed our digital fundraising goal for October. Thank you! In other news, John Deere and …
  Ras Smith · [email protected]
October 31, 2021 at 3:35 PM

My duty.

I believe our campaign can meet this moment.I'll be brief, friend. I know my team and I have been in touch a lot this week. That's because today marks the end of the month of October and thus, our fundraising deadline. Before I ask for you to chip in $3 to help close the $779 gap, please give me …
  Ras Smith · [email protected]
October 30, 2021 at 2:39 PM

Why I'm running.

I'm not setting out to make history -- but I do plan on making a difference. Ras Smith is running to replace Kim Reynolds, one of America's worst far-right governors. He's a father, husband, public servant, hunter, farmer, coach, and counselor who believes Iowa deserves better. Chip in …
  RasForIowa.com · [email protected]
October 29, 2021 at 4:42 PM

Before you sign off, friend.

We can't afford to come up short on any of our goals, or we risk another four years of her failed leadership. We'll make this quick in case you have Halloween festivities lined up for the weekend, friend. Sunday we close the books for the month of October. Kim Reynolds announced earl…
  RasForIowa.com · [email protected]
October 28, 2021 at 2:31 PM


showing how many people stand with Ras. $2,100,000. That's how much Governor Kim Reynolds had in her re-election warchest as of earlier this year. $25,000. That's how much an executive of a large pork processing plant gave to Reynolds in ONE donation. $3. That's how much we're as…
  RasForIowa.com · [email protected]
October 27, 2021 at 2:56 PM

Virginia's election for governor.

Far-right politicians from Virginia to Iowa know that Trump is their ticket to re-election. Friend, In a moment, we're going to ask you to split a contribution to Democrat Terry McAuliffe for governor in Virginia. First, let us explain why it's so important, especially right now: Vir…
  Ras Smith · [email protected]
October 25, 2021 at 3:09 PM

The 1986 John Deere strike.

Workers deserve a governor who will stand with them through thick and thin, on the picket line and off. Friend, In a moment, I'm going to ask you to chip in $3 to our grassroots campaign. But first, let me share some highlights from Saturday's rally for the striking workers at John D…
  Ras Smith · [email protected]
October 23, 2021 at 2:48 PM

What we've been up to in October. [PHOTOS]

Meeting with Iowans across the state gives me energy, which is why I want to share some photos. It's been an energizing month on the campaign trail, friend. I've been out on the picket line regularly with the striking John Deere workers doing supply drops and standing in solidarity. M…
  Ras Smith · [email protected]
October 20, 2021 at 3:30 PM

Keeping you in the loop, friend.

Kim Reynolds is pandering to Trump's far-right base while misleading voters about Iowa's budget surplus. Friend, I want to share a few critical updates in our race. It's important to me that you're kept in the loop: • I'm running against far-right Governor Kim Reynolds. Earlier this m…
  Ras Smith · [email protected]
October 18, 2021 at 8:31 PM

The Deere strike. [UPDATE]

My mom shouldn't have to worry about her health care, and every worker deserves a fair wage, health care, and retirement they can rely on.   Friend, As you probably know, workers at John Deere have been on strike for better wages and working conditions for almost a week now. What you m…
  RasForIowa.com · [email protected]
October 16, 2021 at 3:00 PM

slowed down.

What if we told you that your contribution has the ability to decide this race? There's no way to sugarcoat it, friend. Our fundraising slowed down over the past week. We won't do this often, but here's a behind-the-scenes look at our fundraising numbers from ActBlue: If you were wa…
  Ras Smith · [email protected]
October 14, 2021 at 1:30 PM

BREAKING: Workers on strike at John Deere

For too long, politicians including my opponent Kim Reynolds have sided with big corporations at the expense of workers and their families. Friend, As you may have heard, 10,000 workers at John Deere went on strike last night after voting down a proposed contract last Sunday by a who…
  RasForIowa.com · [email protected]
October 12, 2021 at 5:04 PM

Kim Reynolds and broadband.

On broadband, Kim Reynolds is trying to have her cake and eat it too. Friend, Iowa has some of the slowest broadband speeds in the country. It's an issue that disproportionately affects rural communities and it's something our opponent Kim Reynolds talks a lot about. Here's what she …
  RasForIowa.com · [email protected]
October 11, 2021 at 5:33 PM

Trump's MAGA rally and Kim Reynolds.

Trump is touring the country, repeating his "Big Lie," mobilizing his far-right base. Our opponent Kim Reynolds is with him every step of the way. AP: Iowa's GOP leaders stand by Trump as he repeats false claims Friend, Trump was in Iowa this weekend for a major MAGA rally, where he …
  RasForIowa.com · [email protected]
October 9, 2021 at 3:39 PM

Trump's in Iowa right now.

Instead of making the lives of Iowans better, Kim Reynolds is wasting time auditioning to be Donald Trump's running mate in 2024. We'll make this quick, friend. In this email, we're going to ask you to add your name in support of our campaign. Here's why:   Add your name → Don…
  Ras Smith via RasForIowa.com · [email protected]
October 7, 2021 at 10:01 PM

My story.

I brought together members of law enforcement, Black Lives Matter, GOP leaders, and Governor Kim Reynolds herself. Friend, I'm going to tell you about how Iowa became one of only three states nationwide to enact police reform legislation after George Floyd's murder, and the role I pla…
  RasForIowa.com · [email protected]
October 6, 2021 at 10:00 PM

Kim Reynolds at the US-Mexico border.

Iowans need a leader who puts them first, not someone who panders to the furthest right-wing of her party. KCCI: Reynolds headed to US-Mexico border We're calling on our opponent Kim Reynolds to cancel her political stunt at the US-Mexico border. Tell her to stop wasting taxpayer dol…
  Ras Smith via, RasForIowa.com · [email protected]
October 4, 2021 at 10:04 PM

Every kid in Iowa deserves a great education.

In case you missed it, friend -- here's coverage from Tom Barton in The Quad-City Times about a campaign stop I made in Davenport recently. It's important to me that you know what issues I'm talking about on the trail and what we're hearing from constituents. Consider chipping in a c…