Each week, we’ll hear a new This I Believe essay - this time from Cande Iveson. As election year battle lines are drawn between and even within the parties, some voters are left yearning for choices other than the political extremes. Iveson lives in the middle of America’s heartland, and she believes the middle ground is vital to our democracy. She has worked in public and government relations, and is a long-time advocate for family-friendly policies. In 2008, Iveson ran for state representative but was defeated. She lives with her family in Columbia, Missouri and teaches at the University of Missouri’s School of Social Work.