Letter: Wasson makes community a better place

I have had the privilege of knowing City Council candidate Justin Wasson for many years. His friend since high school, I saw from the beginning his big heart, rational mind, and indefatigable desire to listen and find new ways to make his community a better place for all.

I remember the first home he bought in Wellington Heights years ago and his instant and inspirational desire to invest in what many individuals sadly still view as an undesirable and dangerous neighborhood despite all its progress in the past 20+ years. He felt love for his neighbors, saw potential, stepped up to the plate, and got to work.

I can’t even count the number of worthy projects he has selflessly been involved in within our city as a regular citizen and as the former president (and current vice president) of the Wellington Heights Neighborhood Association. From aiding in the creation of beautiful community gardens, to organizing enriching events for neighborhood children, to helping save the Frankie House from demolition, I am always intensely proud to call him my friend and to live in a city where he is taking charge.

His love for our city and its people is rare not just for our generation but for its level of passionate activism. He is a man who always will be able to say that he was the change he wished to see in the world.

Nicole Halvorson

Cedar Rapids

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