I cannot stay quiet about the race for mayor any longer. Our community needs a problem solver who is also able to speak with compassion, empathy as well as authority and integrity.
I am supporting Monica Vernon for mayor because I believe she has what it takes to work with all people and all neighborhoods to lead this city to a better tomorrow.
When I first got to know her, I was drawn to her caring attitude as well as her listening skills. She was not afraid to talk with me about big issues that were facing the children in Cedar Rapids and she also asked the important questions about individual issues and problems working families were facing. She proved to me that she understands that this community will become better one person, one family at time.
She served eight years on the Cedar Rapids City Council and six of those years as mayor pro tem. She has the experience and the passion to be a great mayor for all of us. But more than that, she can work with anyone and when she starts something — she gets the job done. She cares about fixing our streets, good jobs, flood protection, libraries and parks and she will work with our schools, too. Cedar Rapids is a very good place to live and work. With Vernon as our mayor, we can be even better.