Letter: Salih will fight for affordable housing

I support Mazahir Salih for Iowa City Council At-Large.

The preservation of affordable housing in Iowa City is a crucial issue, especially during this City Council election. In recent years, many local low-income housing units (such as Rose Oaks and the Ellis Ave rooming house) have been demolished or reallocated to serve wealthier residents. Economic development shouldn’t be considered successful if it’s at the expense of low-income residents. Salih has shown unyielding commitment to this principle by fighting for affordable housing and a livable wage.

Salih has been a driven voice for the Sudanese community of Iowa City and a dedicated ally for all others. Through her leadership position at the Center for Worker Justice and several local boards and committees, Salih has proved that she’s trustworthy and experienced in advocating for communities who have not had much representation in our local government.

She is genuine — no political posturing or fake compassion — and her energy is inspiring. Her actions on City Council will align with the community work and activism that she’s committed herself to thus far.

Vote for Salih on Nov. 7.

Hannah Russell

Coralville

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