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I’m originally from Vermont, where I spent my childhood on a dairy farm. Growing up on a farm instilled in me the values of hard work, honesty, compassion, and cooperation. I learned how to solve problems practically and efficiently.

I moved to Iowa City in 1977 to run track at the University of Iowa. I ran for three years, and completed my undergraduate and master’s degrees in engineering. After graduating, I taught engineering at Kirkwood for 18 years. Since then, I’ve worked as a financial planner.

I’m running for re-election because I care deeply about our community. While much progress has been made over the nearly eight years I’ve been on council, there is more work to do. I want to use my skills and knowledge to continue that progress.

People are our most important resource and focusing on issues that directly affect them is my top priority. Affordable housing and transportation issues are critical for family stability. We have begun significant work on housing and will begin a comprehensive review of our transit system.

Strengthening our neighborhoods so they are safe and welcoming requires balancing rental and owner-occupied housing, reducing nuisance complaints, and continuing to improve walkability.

From reducing waste, to moving to single stream recycling, to reducing energy and water usage, we will continue to improve our sustainability efforts.

Finally, continuing our strong financial management is essential to accomplish our other goals.

I look forward to work on these goals and others over the next four years.

• Susan Mims is a candidate for Iowa City Council, District B

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