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When you think elections, you probably think about voting for President or Governor.  But did you know that the most important elections are just around the corner?  We're talking about local elections, when you vote for your Mayor and City Council.  

According to the Secretary of State’s Office, in the last four city elections, the voter turnout average was 21.3%.  So only 1 in every 5 registered Iowa voters actually voted in a city election.  Compare that to the General Election last year, when 71% of registered Iowa voters turned out to vote for President.  Iowa was the 5th highest state in voter turnout in 2016 - but most of those same voters will decide to stay home on November 7, 2017, when our state's citizens have a chance to pick their city councils and mayors.  

It's a shame too, because our city officials make decisions that are closer to our front porches than Washington, DC.  Your city councils and mayors are responsible for local trails, parks, recreational programs, libraries, fire service, police, roads, crosswalks and sidewalks, public transportation, utilities (like water, garbage collection, recycling), and zoning (what you can build, and where). City officials manage a lot of different things, and their decisions have a direct impact on your daily life.

So think about your city.  What things are important to you?  Talk to the people running for Mayor and City Council in your city. Ask them questions. Tell them your vision for the city.  But most importantly, get out and vote on Tuesday, November 7, 2017.