Ashley Vanorny to run for Cedar Rapids City Council

IT professional has 'big heart' for her hometown

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CEDAR RAPIDS — Ashley Vanorny, an internet technology professional who’s helped in the effort to combat internet crimes against children, announced plans to run for Cedar Rapids City Council district 5 seat.

Vanorny, 32, a native of Cedar Rapids, said her life as a public servant and her “big heart” for her hometown will fuel her as she aims to bring a “new energy to the table and help shape Cedar Rapids to be a vibrant town responsive to people’s needs.

“I am confident that my passion and drive will help bring about a welcoming and inclusive environment that attracts better jobs and encourages people to invest in Cedar Rapids as their destination for both work and home,” Vanorny said in a statement.

An event announcing her campaign is planned from 7 to 9 p.m. today, with remarks at 7:30 p.m., at El Rancho Mexican Restaurant, 2747 16th Ave SW.

Vanorny works as an IT analyst at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. She earned a bachelor’s degrees in psychology and political science at the University of Iowa. She has interned for several public sector offices as well, including for U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa City, the internet Crimes Against Children team in the Iowa Attorney General’s Office, and the Social Security Administration.

Vanorny touted her background in public service and history in Cedar Rapids in highlighting her credentials.

“I believe in being an advocate for the people of my city,” Vanorny said. “I am very proud of where I grew up and want to learn about the needs of my fellow Cedar Rapidians and help address them by being accessible and accountable.”

Vanorny faces three-term incumbent Justin Shields, a labor union champion and retired Quaker Co. worker, and Keith Wiggins, a U.S. Army veteran and businessman, in the race. District 5 primarily represents sections of the southwest and northwest quadrants.

The candidate filing period ends Sept. 21. The election is on Nov. 7.

l Comments: (319) 339-3177; brian.morelli@thegazette.com

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