2019 Voter Resource Guide

Oct 16, 2019

As we approach important City and School elections in November, the Economic Alliance is playing its usual role in promoting pro-growth issues and helping educate voters. But there’s an added twist to our efforts, too. In an age of diminished bipartisanship and heightened political tensions that we feel have impeded public policy progress, we want to do all we can to encourage more civil and cooperative discourse.

Already this year, we publicly lauded Democrat Sen. Liz Mathis and Republican Rep. Ashley Hinson when the two legislators held joint listening posts in their districts. We also called attention to Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer when her first bill was a bipartisan proposal to help small businesses, which was approved and signed into law.

We’re excited the Economic Alliance’s young professionals group,ImpactCR, will host Sen. Zach Wahls (D-Coralville) and Rep. Joe Mitchell (R-Mount Pleasant) on November 13. The lawmakers are working to solve conflict and find middle ground in today’s bitter political climate, and they will be discussing their participation in the Iowa Future Caucus - a group of the state’s youngest lawmakers dedicated to reaching bipartisan policy solutions addressing issues faced by millennials and future generations.

As for the November 5 election, we are once again publishing a Voter Resource Guide in which we ask candidates to address why they believe the business community should vote for them. That one simple question can often reveal quite a bit about a candidate’s intentions to work (or not) proactively with us on pro-growth issues. Look for the Voter Resource Guide in our Public Policy section.

In the meantime, now is the time to get ready for the big day by ensuring you are ready to vote by November 5.

Voters can find your Election Day polling place and view a sample ballots at your county’s auditor’s website. It is noteworthy that this election will be the first time school board elections will be combined with general elections so you will see those candidates on your ballot as well. If you need to register to vote or want to obtain an absentee ballot, head to the Iowa Secretary of State’s website at https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/voterinformation/uocava/regalternatives.html.

The Economic Alliance does not endorse or donate to political candidates, and we are a non-partisan organization. We do all we can to encourage your support for pro-growth candidates, and to encourage our elected officials to work together and focus on serving our communities. That’s something we can all agree on and participate in.

Let your voice be heard on November 5!


Doug Neumann

Executive Director

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