I am no stranger to District 5 or hard work

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Throughout my campaign, I have worked hard to reach out to my fellow neighbors in District 5.

I may be new to politics but I am not new to Cedar Rapids. Born and raised in Cedar Rapids, I take all matters regarding my city, both large and small, to heart.

I have answered every phone call, every email and attended countless community functions, trying to best hear out and assess what matters most to folks. I have managed to keep campaign costs low by spending sweat equity and going door-to-door.

I have heard a great desire from all ages within the community during canvassing for a younger voice on the City Council. One thing that makes our workforce great right now is that we have four generations; however, our City Council currently is missing a millennial voice. No one should pay a toll in years of age before they have earned the right to be heard or get engaged in their community.

I have worked tirelessly over the years for my community, beginning with Girl Scouts, later working for the Social Security Administration and, more recently, engaging in advocacy regarding children in foster care.

In an environment where national politics can be divisive I am looking to engage more people to join the nonpartisan conversation happening at the municipal level. After all, local politics is where we can enjoy making the greatest difference.

I am working hard to excite people to join me in conversations affecting our great city. I want to get to work on ensuring affordable housing, flood protection for all, and fixing our streets.

District 5 deserves someone who is accessible and accountable to them, which is why I work hard to return inquires same day, exceeding my 48-hour turnaround time promise.

Experience matters, which is why I am engaged in numerous grass- roots conversations and boards, making sure I am connected to the pulse of our city. I intend to increase awareness of community initiatives and recruit people to boards and commissions who have not previously had the chance to participate.

I am a studious person and have done my homework to make certain I know where Cedar Rapids sits currently by attending every single City Council meeting since I committed to run in July — even more than the incumbent. I take notes, follow up and investigate. When it comes to making a decision, it will be one that represents my community.

My candidacy is not just a vote to elect me but a chance to represent us all more effectively. Born into a union household, and a farmer’s daughter, I am no stranger to hard work. I am asking for you to vote Vanorny on Tuesday.

• Ashley Vanorny is seeking election to the District 5 seat on the Cedar Rapids City Council

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