I believe that I am an asset to our city government because no one else running in District 5 has the experiences and cultural diversity exposure I have.
I served three years on the Civil Rights Commission for the city and I serve on the Iowa Capital Investment Board for the State of Iowa. I have traveled and lived in many different countries, getting immersed into diverse cultures. This developed my ability to find common ground with all sorts of people.
I worked in the wind industry as a quality engineer, traveling and living all over the United States. My main job responsibilities included quality assurance, management, troubleshooting, problem solving, process improvement, waste management, budget goals, quick thinking and being versatile.
My skills, and education, in business — plus the fact my family’s business is celebrating 20 years in business and that I have owned and operated a successful business of my own — just goes to show I have the passion and skill set that would support local business. When I was in commercial real estate for about four years, I worked side by side with many business owners and investors developing invaluable skills that will benefit the business community when I am elected.
I am passionate about economic growth in Cedar Rapids and I will work harder than anyone to ensure that growth happens and local businesses find the support and interaction they need.
• Keith Wiggins is a candidate for Cedar Rapids City Council, District 5