“It’s not uncommon to be unfamiliar with the role of a state senator or know where your district is located. However, we have a duty to become educated to empower ourselves to get involved on a local level. We’ve got this!!“
As citizens, it is important to understand (no matter how big or small the race) why it is critical to get involved with your time, money and votes when it comes to local politics. When I mention VOTES, that includes primaries and midterms and for races such as school board, city council, state offices (house and senate) and on up the ballot.
“I have heard over the years ‘but my vote won’t count’ — are you aware how many local primary and general elections are LOST by only a few votes? Locally we need you. Every bit you can give! Your voice matters.“
I am quickly learning that (most) candidates work very hard outside of work and family time to help represent good for you and our community. They don’t do it for the money; they do it through blood, sweat and tears…your vote and elected officials make LOCAL better.
Where is District 22?
If you live in Waukee, parts of West Des Moines, Clive or Windsor Heights then you are part of senate district 22. Below is a map to show the district boundaries which straddle both Dallas and Polk Counties. Visit this LINK for a PDF to zoom in more closely.
What does a State Senator do?
“Did you know…out of 50 Iowa state senators, only 11 are female? That is only 22% females compared to 78% males. Does this seem balanced? It’s time for more gender equality in the state capitol.”
In Iowa we have 50 state senators that live locally (they do not live in Washington, DC) and get paid $25,000 per year to represent their districts (which are usually comprised of approximately 60,000 people). There are currently 18 democrats and 32 republicans in office; of those, there are only 11 women (6 democrats and 5 republicans).
State senators focus on issues pertaining to the state of Iowa and represent the values and issues of concern from the constituents in their district. Locally, state senators and house representatives are working on the best ways to allocate funding and support for things like:
- Public Welfare
- Infrastructure, etc.