Joe Bolkcom represented Iowa City in the Iowa Senate from 1999 through 2022.
Iowans will soon elect city council and school board members. Hundreds of candidates have put themselves forward as they campaign on ideas to address unique local challenges and needs.
These local elected officials are the backbone of making our small government democracy work. They make decisions for all of us about how our public schools operate, what roads get built and repaired, how public safety, water, sewer and library services are provided, and how to pay for it all.
In a healthy democracy that’s how things are supposed to work. Unfortunately, we do not live in healthy democracy.Continue Reading...