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I am Lemi Tilahun, and public service has always been a passion of mine.

Helping everyday people who make the world go around is my main mission in life. I believe the way to bring that mission to fruition is through hard work, compassion, being inclusive and building relationships.

I am inspired by my parent’s relentless commitment to give back, work hard and enrich the community. So I followed advice of many to take charge and usher in a new era of leadership.

I believe that it is time for a change at City Hall and for fresh ideas.

Growing up in Cedar Rapids, I have witnessed stagnation as our city continues to be run by the same people. Though these career politicians talk of creativity, inclusivity and diversity, there is very little action to address these issues. Meanwhile, young people are moving out of the city, local businesses do not feel they can thrive and citizens are not being heard within the halls of power. The city government has found a status quo and has forgotten that the people they serve are not benefiting from their decisions.

I am running because I want to create an environment where my neighbors can succeed and my peers can foresee a secure future. My platform focuses on engaging youth in leadership and job opportunities, helping small businesses succeed and ensuring Cedar Rapid’s City Hall is the most accessible in the state.

• Lemi Tilahun is a candidate for mayor of Cedar Rapids

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