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Brandt: Clean, safe neighborhoods for everyone to enjoy

Will Brandt is a candidate for Marion City Council Ward 3.

The question of why I’m running for reelection to the Marion City Council keeps coming up. The simple answer is that I love Marion. It’s true. I grew up in Marion, graduated from Linn-Mar and started my family here.

My job at the time took us to Wisconsin and Colorado for a couple years but in the end we decided to move home, to Marion, to raise our kids. We ended up purchasing a home in the Marion Independent District and now I am proud to say I have two daughters who have graduated from Marion and third attending FMI. There is nowhere else I would rather live.

Marion is such a warm and welcoming community. If you look up the saying “Midwest Nice” you will find a picture of Marion. I was talking with one of my childhood friends’ father the other day while I was placing one of my campaign signs in his yard. We were reminiscing about the neighborhood I grew up in on West 10th Ave, where he and his wife have lived for 38 years. We were remembering all the families that lived on the street when I was a child. How his son and I would ride our big wheels up and down the street. These are the types of neighborhoods and memories that make Marion so great.

This is what I plan to focus on over the next four years on the Marion City Council — keeping our neighborhoods clean and safe for everyone living there to enjoy. Working on the infrastructure of our neighborhoods. Fixing the aging streets, keeping the sidewalks safe to walk, storm sewer and sanitary sewer lines updated, curbs and gutters fixed — not only in my ward but across the

whole city.

I ask for your vote on Nov. 5. I ask for you to help me in keeping our neighborhoods clean and safe for all of our residents to enjoy.

Will Brandt is a candidate for Marion City Council Ward 3.

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