Letter to the editor: Vote Anne Freerks for Iowa City Council

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Ann Freerks speaks during a forum at The Mill. Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. — photo by Zak Neumann

By Karin Franklin

In my 20-plus years working in local government, I learned that there are certain attributes you want in a city councilor. Someone on the council needs to have a vision for the future of the city. A councilor should be someone who is always prepared to address an issue by studying the material they are given and listening to information and opinions that are presented to them. Someone who will ask questions and ensure there is an answer. Someone who has an open mind. Someone who is thoughtful. Someone who will make a decision based on their sense of what is in the best interest of the larger community.

Ann Freerks is such a person. Ann has a strong track record of diligence and hard work on the Iowa City Planning and Zoning Commission where she was charged with making recommendations to the city council on issues related to where people live, work and play. She did this with a commitment to being informed on the various aspects of a project, evaluating its benefits and requiring changes to its liabilities, all with a vision for achieving a city with healthy, diverse neighborhoods connected to each other to make a vital and welcoming city. Ann will always listen, will ask the tough questions and is ready to make sound decisions for the future of Iowa City.

Please support Ann Freerks in the Oct. 2 special election for Iowa City City Council.

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