Bridget Botkin

Bridget Botkin

City Council, Ward 2, Des Moines, IA

2023 Endorsement

Bridget is a passionate community organizer, dedicated to the art of storytelling. With a background in music and film, she effortlessly weaves her creative pursuits into her career. As a guitarist and vocalist, she actively contributes to the local music scene, connecting with others through the power of music. Additionally, Bridget lends her talents as a freelance artist in the dynamic world of film.

Drawing inspiration from her own life experiences, Bridget firmly believes that the true essence of the north and east sides lies in the diverse cultures that intersect and flourish within their vibrant neighborhoods. She wholeheartedly recognizes that many residents in these areas have felt ignored by the city, creating a shared sentiment that fuels her drive for change.

In light of the transformative events that unfolded in 2020, Bridget made a conscious decision to invest more attention in the city council. Through her research, she uncovered a disheartening reality: the city's structure not only perpetuates the concentration of wealth among developers and affluent homeowners, but it also inherently restricts access to those seeking to challenge these established systems.

The existing barriers to empowerment enshrined in the city code serve as a direct affront to the stories of resilience and determination that we all strive to create in our lives. Bridget firmly believes that it is time for a profound and meaningful change, one that reflects the collective aspirations of all individuals who call this city their home. With her unwavering commitment to social justice, Bridget stands ready to lead the charge towards a more inclusive and equitable future for all.