City government allows citizens the greatest opportunity in modern politics to feel that our representatives not only know us, but if they don’t, they are willing to talk to us, hear our concerns and answer our questions.
When I had some concerns about a city project in our neighborhood, the progress of the development of a planned city park and the walkability of our neighborhood and couldn’t reach anyone to listen to me, I contacted City Council District 5 Candidate Ashley Vanorny. She immediately responded and came to our neighborhood to learn more. Her earnestness about our concerns and eagerness to learn about our neighborhood immediately impressed me. Since then, I have learned more about her. I learned that her issues are our issues. On the issues that Cedar Rapids families care about, from parks to walkability to flood control to public safety and more, she is ready to fight for us. She has taken it a step farther and already stood up and advocated for the causes we care about to the City Council as a candidate.
This commitment to public service has defined her life and can be seen, for example, in her involvement with Families Helping Families of Iowa, among her many volunteer commitments. This born and raised Southwest Cedar Rapids resident is ready to serve and she has my vote. I hope those of you in District 5 will give your vote to Ashley as well on Nov. 7.