Around 250 people gathered at Dyer-Hudson Hall Saturday night in support of Iowa House Republican Candidate Greg Heartsill. The Heartsill supporters came from across the state, and included many current and former legislators and other candidates. Former Republican Senate Candidate Bill Salier delivered the keynote address. Salier told the crowd a couple stories from his past, relating them to his support of Heartsill. He said candidates like Heartsill are needed in Des Moines in order to sever the connections that the federal government has and allow Iowa to operate more independently.