Candidate column: Amy Nielsen

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Amy Nielsen, guest columnist

As Iowans, we expect our elected leaders to make the needs of our communities their priority. I am running for the Iowa House of Representatives because I have always felt a deep desire to affect positive change and fix the issues I see in our communities. As the representative of House District 77, I will work tirelessly to deliver the same caliber of results that I have as a community member and Mayor of North Liberty.

When my children’s elementary school was looking for a way students could walk to school more safely, I stepped up and created a group of dedicated parents to establish the first Walking School Bus in Johnson County. When I learned that there was a large population in my community dealing with food insecurity, I volunteered to serve on the board of directors of the North Liberty Community Pantry. When I saw needs in my community going unaddressed, such as the lack of public transit options, I decided to run for Mayor.

Once I became Mayor of North Liberty, I made it a goal to provide intracity transit to our residents — a public resource a growing city needs. I am proud to say that within a month North Liberty will begin running its first intracity transit routes, providing transportation for any and all who need it. From the day I was sworn in, I’ve made it clear that I want to hear from residents about the issues that matter to them. I have learned what it means to work collaboratively to make a difference.

Across District 77, from Swisher to Lone Tree, the lack of adequate state funding for education, lack of attention to aging infrastructure, and lack of access to affordable and effective mental health care have become a burden on those communities that can least afford it. As your State Representative, I will fight to improve the quality of life for my constituents young and old. My time as the Mayor of North Liberty, Board Member of the North Liberty Community Pantry, member of various Iowa City Community School District committees, and my experiences as a mother of three have prepared me to serve my community, my district and my state. If elected, I promise to fight for the issues of my district and deliver results.

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