Iowa's State Treasurer Mike Fitzgerald was in Storm Lake yesterday stumping for presidential candidate Al Gore. His visit is part of an Iowa Town Tour by leading Iowa Democrats to visit 100 Iowan communities before election day.
Fitzgerald, the state's treasurer for 18 years, met with local Democrats and Democratic candidates for county and state offices.
Voter turnout was an important part of the message for Fitzgerald, who urged county Democrats to get the vote out on election day.
"With this election being so close - the closest since John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon - it really shows that the side that's going to win is who gets the vote out," he said.
Fitzgerald noted how difficult it can be to get people to vote, especially among young voters. "People have busy lives," he said.
However, he said that the last few weeks leading up to the election is when more and more people start paying attention and realizing the importance of the vote. He made note of how Gov. Tom Vilsack was 20 points behind before election day and ended up winning.
Read the rest of this article in the 10/21 Pilot Tribune.