Midterm Election, Nov. 6, 2018

Here’s a little background information on midterm elections from Wikipedia:

“Midterm elections in the United States are the general elections held in November every four years, near the midpoint of a president’s four-year term of office. The next midterm election is due in 2018. Federal offices that are up for election during the midterms are members of the United States Congress, including all 435 seats in the United States House of Representatives, and the full terms for 33 or 34 of the 100 seats in the United States Senate.

“In addition, 34 of the 50 U.S. states elect their governors to four-year terms during midterm elections, while Vermont and New Hampshire elect governors to two-year terms in both midterm and presidential elections. Thus, 36 governors are elected during midterm elections. Many states also elect officers to their state legislatures in midterm years. There are also elections held at the municipal level. On the ballot are many mayors, other local public offices, and a wide variety of citizen initiatives.”

In Plymouth County, Iowa, the 2018 midterm election offers us choices for State Senate and Governor at the state level, and House of Representatives at the federal level. (Neither of our Senators is up for re-election this cycle.)

The midterm elections often serve as a signal as to how the general population is feeling and how the presidential election two years hence may progress, but in 2018 the stakes are a little higher in our corner of Iowa. Since the 2016 elections the Republican party has been in control of both the House of Representatives and Senate as well as the Executive branch at the federal level, and that control is also echoed at the state and local levels.

The upcoming midterm elections give us a chance to have our voices heard, to make our Midwestern values and ethics known. The Democratic Party has a number of very experienced, dedicated, and strong candidates on the ballot, including J.D. Scholten, Fred Hubbell, Dave Dawson, and more.