A history at the polls


I grew up in a conservative, Bible believing family. Love of God, country, and family shaped my childhood, and helped shape me into who I am today. I remember my parents taking my sister and I along with them to caucus when we were young. As we grew, we were taught the importance of the free election system that America is founded on. I clearly remember going into the tiny booths with either of my parents, each of them patiently explaining the process to me.  

As a teen, I would accompany them to their rural polling location. While I was too old to enter the booth with them, I remember talking with the workers, and wondering how they came to be in that position. 

Many years later, I was a full time stay-at-home mom to my four kids when I first worked at the polls. The combination of my upbringing and the opportunity to serve my community were a great fit for me. Additionally, with the small compensation that polling officials receive for their time, I was able to contribute to Christmas presents for our kids. It was a win-win for me. 

As time moved on, I continued to serve, the office moved from the traditional book listings to the computer system that is used today. At the beginning of my third year, I was asked if I would serve as the precinct captain, a position that I have maintained since. 

I am running for the office of Muscatine County Auditor to continue to serve our community in an even larger capacity. I originally registered as a member of the Republincan party due to my upbringing, though as I have grown throughout the years, I recognize that I am actually an Independent. However, to retain my ability to work at the polls, I have kept my original party affiliation. 

I am running as an Independent as I believe that the office that oversees the elections on a local level should be as non partisan as possible.

As an Independent, I am running without the financial backing of either major party.  As a grassroots campaign, it is up to individuals, friends, family, and community members to help spread the word. 

If you are able, please click “Donate” above to contribute to the effort to help raise awareness and get my name out there. If donating is not in the cards for you right now, please help us share this page. 

Thank you, 

Mary Mason-Wheeler 

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