LOCAL POLITICS

Local politics can sometimes seem like a circus but in truth, they're extremely important. Local politics includes positions at the city, county and state levels. In this section we'll explore all of the different positions in local politics.
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What does a lieutenant governor do?

If the governor passes away or resigns, the lieutenant governor takes over the position. But outside acting as a stand-in for such an event, what does the lieutenant governor do?

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  • How a State's Attorney Works
    How a State's Attorney Works

    You've probably seen countless legal series on television that depict large teams of attorneys representing the state. But who's the big shot in charge of those lawyers? The State's Attorney, that's who. See more »

  • How an Attorney General Works
    How an Attorney General Works

    The attorney general of United States is our country's legal counsel. He or she advises the president and the heads of executive departments. What else does this person do? See more »

  • How City Councils Work
    How City Councils Work

    In a big city, it would be almost impossible to make decisions and solve problems by letting the entire population vote on every issue. One solution: the city council. See more »

  • How Mayors Work
    How Mayors Work

    Even a mayor whose job is mostly symbolic can have a lot of pull when it comes to running a city. Where does a mayor's power come from -- and does it go all the way up to the national level? See more »

  • How State Governors Work
    How State Governors Work

    Each state has its own head of the executive branch of government -- the state governor. But what does a state governor actually do, and how does he or she shape the lives of citizens within his or her state? See more »

  • How the Secretary of State Works
    How the Secretary of State Works

    People know who the U.S. secretary of state is and probably something about what he or she does. But did you know states have them, too? How is their role in local government different? See more »

  • What does a county assessor do?
    What does a county assessor do?

    Would you like to know how much your house is worth? Do you want to make sure that new shed will add value to your home before you build it? County assessors help property owners in a given county determine its value -- and, in turn, the county's property tax rate. See more »

  • What does a county board of commissioners do?
    What does a county board of commissioners do?

    The county commission is the oldest form of government in the U.S. and is still common in many regions of the country. What tasks does a board of commissioners usually oversee? See more »

  • What does a county board president do?
    What does a county board president do?

    Forty-eight out of 50 states have operational county governments, and the person who manages those is the county board president. Elected by fellow citizens or appointed by board members, the president impacts local and national politics. See more »

  • What does a county clerk do?
    What does a county clerk do?

    If you've ever gotten married, had a child or really, ever been born, your vital records have made their way over to the county clerk's office. Could you work as a county clerk and maintain all that paperwork? See more »

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