Presidential hopefuls Julián Castro, John Delaney to visit Johnson County Friday.


Katie Goodale

Former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro walks on-stage with a parade of supporters Julian Castro during the Polk County Steak Fry in Des Moines on Saturday Sept. 21, 2019. 17 democratic candidates gave speeches and grilled steaks.

Sarah Watson, Politics Editor

Two presidential hopefuls will stop by Johnson County on Friday — former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro and former Maryland Congressman John Delaney.

Delaney will host an event in North Liberty Friday centered around his experience in founding two businesses. He’ll visit solar company Moxie Solar, where he’ll have a public discussion with the Moxie Solar CEO and conduct one-on-one meetings with entrepreneurs.

Delaney, who has been campaigning for president since 2017, is traveling around the state in a bus. The North Liberty stop will be the first on a “Heartland StartUp Tour.”

Delaney founded Health Care Financial Partners, which gave loans to health-care service providers in 1993 and a commercial lender called CapitalSource. Both companies were publicly traded, and eventually merged or were bought out.

Castro will visit Iowa City later that day, at 5 p.m. He’ll meet with individuals from the Inside Out Reentry Community, a re-entry program for those recently incarcerated.

Castro will also make stops in Des Moines and Davenport after appearing at the sixth Democratic debates on Tuesday. Delaney did not make the debate stage in either September or October, failing to meet the requirements of 130,000 unique contributors and a polling threshold of 2 percent support or more in four eligible polls.

Julián Castro

WHAT: Secretary Castro will meet with individuals from the Inside Out Community, a re-entry program for those who were recently incarcerated.

WHERE: St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 140 Gathering Place Lane, Iowa City

WHEN: Friday, October 18, 3:30 p.m.

WHO: Secretary Castro, Inside Out members and staff

John Delaney

WHAT: Heartland StartUp Tour event

WHERE: Moxie Solar 230 Sugar Creek Ln, North Liberty

WHEN: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

11 a.m. John Delaney present

11:20 a.m. Delaney & CEO discussion

11:30 a.m. – 1200p: One on one meetings with Iowa entrepreneurs

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