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Olson: Listen, find creative solutions to issues

Scott Olson is a candidate for Cedar Rapids City Council District 4.

I want to take this opportunity to highlight my “4-WARD THINKING” campaign for City Council representing District 4. Even though I do not have an opponent, I feel it is important to share my thoughts and goals for my next four-year term.

The northwest portion of the southwest quadrant I represent is experencing a renaissance with the opening of Highway 100 and new developments planned for Time Check to Cedar Hills and into Stoney Point.

I have been priveleged to have served as a representative for my district for 7-and-a-half years. My service has included membership on the Development and Finance Cmomittees, chair of the Infrastructure Committee and many other city initiatives. These initiatives have included storm water projects and a top soil ordinance to reduce flash flooding, monitoring Paving for Progress to ensure it meets the intent of the citizens’ sales tax vote, and the pedestrian safety ordinance.

Our new mayor and council members have brought a fresh energy to the council. I feel my background as a senior citizen, military veteran and knowledge of real estate development has and will continue to be an asset for the city council. Besides representing citizens in District 4, I plan to move my focus from flood recover to the important issues of safe neighborhoods, better streets, affordable housing, homeless housing, a senior center and expanded quality of life projects for all residents of the city.

My goals include: Respond rapidly to citizen concerns; enhance the city’s economic development team and create a competitive business climate; address flash flooding issues and support completion of flood protection; support the city manager in creating quality staff and Iowa’s most efficient government; provide strong, creative, compassionate leadership.

I am proud of my community service record and recognition for those efforts: Founding and active board member for Four Oaks and Ecumenical Commmunity Center; Board member of Discovery Living, Hawkeye Downs, African American Museum and many other community agencies; first recipient of the Iowa Association of Realtors’ Good Neighbor Award; Iowa State University Alumni Merit Award.

My vision is to listen, find creative solutions to issues, identify funding sources and assemble teams to act. I envision a city government that functions in the same manner. This is evidenced by my involvement in the creation of four non-profit organizations and six businesses.

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The future is bright for Cedar Rapids as a great place to call him, but we still have work to do. Let’s do it together.

Scott Olson is a candidate for Cedar Rapids City Council District 4.

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