With the exodus of voters from the Republican Party in the suburbs it looks like another suburban area of Des Moines may be a bit closer than expected this vote. Iowa Senate District 22 is in the western Des Moines suburbs, half in Polk County and half in Dallas County. Cities that are in the district include Clive, Waukee, Windsor Heights and West Des Moines.
The district is currently represented by retiring Senate President Charles Schneider, a Republican. But this year strange things could happen.
The Democratic candidate in district 22 is Sarah Trone Garriott. As you can gather from the video above, Garriott is one of those people who is born to serve. So far she has fulfilled that call as a minister. Today she finds that she may be of more service representing her district in the Iowa legislature.
Over the course of her life, this call has taken many forms. It was what led her to join AmeriCorps right out of college, to help victims of domestic violence. It was what sustained her as a hospital chaplain, caring for people during times of crisis. It was what inspired her to become a Lutheran minister, to provide leadership to communities of faith. And it was what took her out of the parish and into the nonprofit world, to bring diverse people together around a common cause of caring for our neighbors.
Sarah and her husband, Will, have lived all over the country—in rural communities, big cities, and small towns. Like many Iowans, they came here for the opportunity to build a life for their family. But since 2014 she has watched as those things that are most important—good schools, clean water, quality accessible healthcare, economic opportunity, civil rights—get neglected or outright undermined by our state legislature.
She recognizes the challenges that are facing our state and is inspired to step up in leadership for the people of Iowa.
As a parent of two sons, she knows the difference it would make if our state supported child care and public education. As a community member, she has personally encountered how the lack of affordable housing, stagnant wages, and regressive policies have discouraged people from staying in our state or moving to Iowa. As a pastor, she’s seen her neighbors struggle to make ends meet, finding little access to the care and resources they need to thrive. And as a nonprofit leader, she knows that real change could happen if our state government worked collaboratively with nonprofits, business leaders, and citizens.
Like many Democrats in Iowa, Garriott sees plenty of opportunity for improvement in Iowa in the areas of Schools, Health Care, Water Air and Soil, fairer taxes, Diversity and Economic Opportunity.
This could be a surprising year in Iowa politics as many folks may be displaying their displeasure with Republican candidates far down the ballot. Sarah Trone Garriott has issue positions that resonate with Iowa values. If you are in her district help her out with your vote between now and Nov. 3rd. If you can send her a little monetary love you can hit that donate button from her web page here.