Letter to the editor: Mazahir Salih and Ryan Hall are ‘two dynamic progressive leaders’

Iowa City Hall — photo by Zak Neumann

By Rockne Cole

Elections are not only about policies of each candidate. Others have identified their progressive platforms. I want to focus on their character.

Mazahir Salih’s radiant smile captures her spirit and character, but she is not only nice, she is principled and tough. Rather than merely talk, she has stood shoulder to shoulder with everyone in Iowa City who has been mistreated, or left out, ranging from her wage theft campaigns with the Center for Worker Justice to her advocacy on the minimum wage to her excellent work on the Forest View development project. Her leadership created a win/win situation for the developer and the mobile home residents.

I know Ryan Hall as a colleague, community advocate and friend. While relatively new to our community, he perfectly captures the civic spirit of Iowa City: inclusive, progressive and open to all views. Most importantly, Ryan is a nice guy. He will listen to you and respond to your concerns. If elected, you will see him walking from the Summit Street Coop, engaging residents in conversations at the Farmers’ Market, and working together with you to move our community forward. Along with Kingsley Botchway, I will hope you will join in voting for these two dynamic progressive leaders on Nov. 7.

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