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Achieving more for residents

I’m running to be your Mayor of Cedar Rapids because I love this city.

This is a critical time for Cedar Rapids as we choose our path forward. I was a part of the strong leadership after the 2008 flood that helped us rebuild a better city. I’ll continue with strong, experienced, and caring leadership to accomplish more for our residents.

We must do a better job repairing and maintaining our streets, solving the critical challenges of securing a flood protection system for both sides of the river, and continuing to create and retain jobs for our people.

I have the vision, experience, and skills to make this city an even better place to live, work, and enjoy.

As an eight-year city council member, including six years as mayor pro tem (vice mayor), I know exactly how to get to work on the very first day in office. As the founder and former CEO of a local small business, I know what it takes to create jobs and invest in our workforce. As a lifelong community volunteer, I know how to bring organizations together to solve problems and create opportunities.

As a warm, approachable mayor who is actively engaged with the community, I will represent the energy and enthusiasm of our city. I want to work with all people of this city, for all our neighborhoods.

Together, we can build an even better Cedar Rapids.

• Monica Vernon is a candidate for mayor of Cedar Rapids

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