Want to change your legislator? Run for office.

The filing period for candidates in Iowa seeking state offices begins February 24, 2020, and ends on March 13, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. If you are a Libertarian in Polk County and are thinking of running for office, please let us know. We will make sure you have the information needed to file the paperwork.

Polk County is represented in the Iowa House by 15 individuals. Only 50 signatures on a nominating petition are required for these seats. The House districts in Polk County are, 19, 30-39 and 40-43. Elected officials serve terms of 2 years. Current representatives include 3 Republicans and 12 Democrats.

The even-numbered seats in the Iowa Senate will be on the ballot in 2020. The signatures required on nominating petitions for Senate seats is 100. In Polk County, even-numbered Senate districts are 10, 16, 18, 20, and 22. A couple of these districts have had growing support election-to-election for Libertarian candidates. That is significant given the strong showing of another party’s gubernatorial candidate in 2018. Your campaign for Iowa Senate could help that growth continue. Senators serve 4-year terms.

Two federal offices also have a filing period of February 24 – March 13. These are for the 3rd District in the U.S. Congress and for a U.S. Senator from Iowa. The nominating petitions require 375 signatures for the House and 1,500 for the Senate. If you are interested in running for either of these offices, please contact the Libertarian Party of Iowa.

For Libertarians who do not want to run for office, the candidates can use your support as volunteers. Attending Polk County Libertarians meetings and events is a great way to meet candidates and volunteers for campaigns. Our next meeting is February 25, 2020, 6-8 p.m., at the Urbandale Public Library. We look forward to seeing you there.

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