Janice Weiner has been — and is — many things. A public servant. An Iowa City native. A diplomat. A mother and grandmother. And now, she wants to be one of our city councilors at large. I’m supporting Janice for many reasons, including the many different roles she has played, which have qualified her immensely for this one.
But I’m also supporting Janice because I know she is the rare combination of a brilliant thinker and a considerate listener. Despite, or perhaps because of, her immense experience, she is inclusive and thoughtful, taking everyone’s needs and opinions into account. . She is looking to the future and making crucial issues, like climate change, her top priorities.
I am 17 years old and I am afraid for the future of our world. Devastating climate predictions haunt young people’s lives all over the planet. Our city council recently declared a climate emergency. This is a step in the right direction, but now we need a leader who will fight for local solutions to climate change while also finding innovative ways to support local families and businesses. We need someone like Janice.
I’m not old enough to vote in this city council election, but I urge anyone who can to vote for Janice Weiner for an at-large seat on or before November 5th. Help Janice safeguard our future. Our city — and our world — need her.
Mira Bohannan Kumar