Name: Paul Pate (incumbent)
Residence: Des Moines
Occupation: Iowa Secretary of State
Education: Associate of arts
What are the most important issues you think need to be addressed if you are elected?
When I was elected Secretary of State I promised to focus on election security, integrity and participation. Working together, we developed partnerships with county, state and federal entities to ensure the protection of Iowa’s elections system. All 99 counties participate. I continue to bolster these relationships as new challenges face us every day. The sanctity of the ballot is vital and we are constantly vigilant in protecting our elections. We’ve instituted Voter ID and make it easy to vote but hard to cheat. As your Secretary of State, I’m proud we are among the top six states in the country for voter registration and participation. My goal is for Iowa to be number one.
Tell voters why you are running for this position. What makes you most qualified?
My parents instilled in me at a young age the importance of public service and giving back to the community. I have dedicated my life to that principle. My boss is the people of Iowa and I always remember I am in this role to serve you. I’ve obtained the Certified Elections/Registration Administrator designation. CERA is the highest national achievement an elections official can earn. I also own a small business, served as a State Senator, Mayor and President of the Iowa League of Cities.
What should voters know about you before going to the polls?
As Secretary of State, we engaged future voters by working with Iowa schools. Our Youth Straw Polls and Elections 101 received “Outstanding Leadership in Voter Education.” And, national recognition for our outreach to help veterans and Iowans with disabilities vote. Our Honor a Veteran with your Vote and #BeAVoter promote civic engagement. We instituted online voter registration, Safe at Home confidentiality program, electronic verification for Election Day registration and Voter ID.
What other issues related to your platform do you think voters should be aware of before they vote?
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When Iowans elected me, I promised to improve election security, integrity and participation. In January of 2017 we reached the highest number of registered voters in Iowa history, our new Voter ID law protects the integrity, our partnerships with national cybersecurity experts provides security. With our elections under attack with greater intensity than any time in our country’s history. Iowans need an experienced leader serving as Commissioner of Elections. I humbly ask for your vote.