Candidate column: Ashley Hinson

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Ashley Hinson, guest columnist

In my more than 10 years as a journalist, I have worked hard to become a trusted voice in my community. Communication, cooperation and being an honest messenger are values that I believe are important and I am asking for the votes of those in Cedar Rapids, Marion, Hiawatha and Robins on November 8th. I would like to bring to these values to Des Moines for my district.

I know the business of listening. I served my community as a journalist for more than a decade, asking questions and digging deeper. My desire to serve in the Iowa House isn’t based on talking points. It is based on a true passion I have for learning all sides to a story, digging into issues and making the best decision. I will continue to make sure I bring that passion for making sure people know what is happening in their world, to the state legislature.

I’ve interviewed politicians of both parties with balance and integrity. I work with many non-partisan boards and organizations, always with the same goal in mind: how can I help make my community a better and more prosperous place. If I have learned one thing in spending countless hours of my time dedicated to serving others in my community, it’s that working together, there is virtually no problem Iowans cant solve. I will make sure I take that spirit of balance and collaboration to the state house.

Finally, I don’t think there are black and white answers to many questions facing our state. Voters want the answers — and our state’s future, to be as thoughtfully considered as possible. No good idea should be discarded solely on a partisan basis. It will take creativity, collaboration, and communication to make that happen.

I’ve worked hard to earn the trust of Eastern Iowans, first as a journalist, and now, hopefully, as an elected representative. It’s a trust I don’t take lightly. I have talked to thousands of people at the door, and to every one of them I chose not to make empty promises. I will work hard. I value and consider every opinion, and I ask for your vote on Nov. 8.

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