D’Alessandro, a Des Moines political consultant, leaned into his campaign experience, describing his work as that of an “organizer” while noting associations over the years with liberal heroes like U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Minnesota Sen. Paul Wellstone, and Iowa Democrats like former Congressman Leonard Boswell and Gov. Tom Vilsack.


Democrats, he argued, must offer stark contrasts with Republicans and specific proposals — including a $15-an-hour minimum wage, tuition-free higher education and an expansion of the existing Medicare health system to cover all Americans.


“If we’re going to win in the fall, we’ve got to stand for a bold, progressive agenda,” D’Alessandro said. “We cannot nuance issues anymore. We, as Democrats, have to not just try to win elections — we have to try to win the future.”

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