Letter to the editor: When they go low, we go Hai Huynh

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Hai Huynh, candidate for Coralville City Council — via

By Paola Jaramillo Guayara and Cristina Muñoz De La Torre, Coralville

Dear Coralville Residents,

Representing some of the beautiful diversity within the Latinx community, Paola and Cristina have the honor of working with Hai Huynh and supporting her candidacy for the Coralville City Council seat. We have seen Hai serve the Coralville community with such tenacity and work ethic and we know it is due to her resiliency.

Coralville is among the top most diverse communities in Iowa with more than 30 percent of residents representing people of color, mostly Black, Asian and Latinx individuals. But within this beautiful diversity is tremendous disparity. According to the American Community Survey, 46 percent of Black households and 27 percent of Asian and Latinx households receive an income below the poverty level. Whereas 62 percent of white residents are homeowners, only 36 percent of Asian and 18 percent of Black residents are homeowners. Coralville is diverse and faces racial and economic disparities that need to be addressed.

As a mother, person who migrated and occupant of many types of housing, Hai’s own story speaks to the diversity, resilience and challenges that many of our community members face. Hai is well-poised to better the future of Coralville. Hai is committed to a peoples-first development, climate action solutions and economic and racial justice. Her yearning to elevate different voices to the table will only make our community stronger. That’s why we wholeheartedly support Hai Huynh as Coralville City Councilor in the Sept. 29 special election.

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