More women than ever before are running for Iowa's state and federal offices

One ballot has a Siouxland female's name on it

By Elisa Raffa | eraffa@kcautv.com

Published 08/29 2016 07:05PM

Updated 08/29 2016 08:52PM

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Iowa women are making history. This election cycle, more women than ever before are running for Iowa's state and federal offices. 65 women are running - 27 incumbents and 38 non-incumbents. 50 women are running in the Iowa House race, 11 in the Iowa Senate, four for U.S. Senate and House positions and one female ballot for Iowa House has a Siouxland female's name on it.
 
"It was never like one day I'm going to run for office until I become the president or the governor, it was never like that. It was more like, you start seeing needs in the community and you start serving in the community and pretty soon you realize that you could bring something to the table," said Perla Alarcon-Flory, Iowa House District 6 candidate.
 
Alarcon-Flory is going into her fourth year as a school board member and also serves on the district advisory committee. She says issues like education, school budget, mental health and small business brought her to the ballot, with a goal to help bridge a divide beyond partisan debate.
 
"You can be a mother and a wife, if that's what you want to be. You can be a professional, if that's what you want to be. And, you can also run for office and you can be very good at it. Just the fact of changing that perception of the potential and the things that the girls can do for themselves and by themselves is just the most amazing experience," said Perla Alarcon-Flory, Iowa House District 6 candidate.
 
In Iowa, there's a 50/50 by 2020 initiative to have more female representation in government, meaning at least half the seats need to be filled by women by the year 2020. Alarcon-Flory says the work of that board is non-partisan, with simply a push to get more women involved, a goal she's optimistic about.
 
"Actually the board, half is Republican, half is Democrat and they try to bring women. And that's why I was telling you, the conversations... if you look beyond the party lines we have so much in common, because at the end of the day, we all care," said Alarcon-Flory.
 
Other Siouxland candidates include Sheldon's Kim Weaver who's looking to unseat Representative Steve King.
 
 

 

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