I am a candidate for mayor to use my proven leadership ability to insure we maintain the positive momentum of our city.
As my home since 1961, this city has allowed me to have a successful architecture/real estate practice plus create six businesses and four non-profit agencies. Serving as mayor will allow me to give back to our city.
I will retire from active real estate practice when elected so I have the time to accomplish the duties of mayor. I have no interest in higher office, and will work to keep our council non-partisan. Streets, sewers, water, public safety and quality of life are Cedar Rapidian’s issues, not partisan ones.
I bring a unique background of business experience and recruitment skills, military service, community knowledge, six years of council service and participation on over 50 boards, commissions and committees.
The city is doing well. For the past three years SmartAsset.com has ranked us the best place in America to raise a child. And Wallethub.com says the city is the 19th best run in the nation and 11th best for services.
However, it is hard to stay on top without continuing to work on issues — affordable housing, strengthening neighborhoods, appropriate use of TIFs, improving safety, reducing nuisance properties, boosting inclusion and creating a sustainable environment.
I have been a proven leader by listening, finding creative solutions, building consensus, identifying funding and assembling a team to act. I envision a city that functions the same.
I respectfully request your vote on Nov. 7.
• Scott Olson is a candidate for mayor of Cedar Rapids