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Iowa House District 45 (2020)

Attention! If you live in Ames precinct 1-4 and requested an absentee ballot before October 5, 2020, and you do not see this race on your ballot, please read this guide to determine if you have the correct ballot. Affected voters had a letter mailed to them on October 7, 2020. If you have any questions, please call the Story County Auditor's office at (515) 382-7210. The Iowa Legislature meets every year, starting in January, to pass laws and establish the state government’s budget. The House, the lower chamber of the Iowa Legislature, consists of 100 Representatives elected by Districts for two-year terms. Representatives receive a salary of $25,000/year.House District 45 consists of eastern and southern Ames, Kelly and central Story County. General Election Day is November 3, 2020. Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.The pre-registration deadline to register to vote is Saturday, Oct. 24, at 5 p.m. The Auditor's Office will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. that day. After the pre-registration deadline, election day registration (EDR) procedures are followed. Proof of identity and proof of residence will be required. When using EDR, voters must both register and cast a ballot, whether it is an in-person absentee ballot or at the polls on Election Day. Request for an absentee ballot must be in the auditor's office by 5pm on October 24, 2020. You may vote in person at the Story County Auditor's office starting October 5, 2020 until November 2, 2020. For more information contact the Story County Auditor's Office at (515) 382-7210 or www.storycountyiowa.gov/elections

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  • Eric Cooper
    (Lib)

  • Beth Wessel-Kroeschell
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

What is your process for identifying your priorities to the many issues that our State faces?

In recent years, the legislature has approved many laws that take away local control. Examples include the ability of local governments to regulate the siting of CAFOs, minimum wages, fireworks, and plastic bags. Would you work to reverse any of these restrictions on local control? Why or why not?

The "Bottle Bill' has gone a long way in keeping our roadsides and public spaces relatively free of bottles and cans. It has also improved opportunities for recycling, but the 1-cent handling fee approved in 1979 is no longer adequate to support recycling centers. Do you support raising the handling fee and expanding coverage to other beverage containers, including water and juice bottles? Why or why not?

What approaches are needed to improve Iowa's water quality and prevent contamination of rivers and the Gulf?

What are your proposals for reducing Iowa's prison population and improving rehabilitation of incarcerated people?

Longstanding calls to defund or even abolish the police and redirect those resources to other ways to support the community have recently entered the mainstream discourse. What is the best way for our society to promote justice, peace, and the general welfare of its members? Does that include policing in its current state? How do we use the current moment to end the perpetuation of civil and economic inequities endemic to our current system?

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