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Coralville City Council endorsements

BY DI READERS | NOVEMBER 04, 2011 7:20 AM

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Jill Dodds is compassionate, dedicated

I first met Jill Dodds eight years ago, when I entrusted her with the care of my children at Simple Abundance Childcare. Through the years, I have gotten to know Jill well. I have witnessed her commitment to making our community a better place. Her compassion for others is to be commended. She is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all Coralville residents. Our voices will be heard and not fall on deaf ears.

Jill Dodds has a tireless work ethic; she not only runs her own small business but serves on several local and statewide boards and committees. She served as president of the Hawkeye Area Childcare Providers Network, which provides professional support and development to childcare providers in Johnson County. Dodds serves on the Johnson County Empowerment Board, which oversees and coordinates collaborative services for families in the areas of children's health, early education, parent education/family support, and community wellness with a $1 million-plus budget. Jill also sits on the State Childcare Advisory Committee, working with the Departments of Human Services, Education, and Inspections and Appeals to make recommendations concerning policy issues relating to childcare.

Please join me in voting for Jill Dodds on Nov. 8.

Joni Long
Coralville resident

Endorsing Fausett, Gross, and Snyder

Coralville residents, please join me in voting for Jim Fausett, Mitch Gross, and Lynn Snyder on election day.

Mayor Fausett has served Coralville for many years. He clearly loves the city, to the point that he has repeatedly expressed the view that he thinks of Coralville as his "fifth child." He has watched over many major city projects, and he is working with the City Council to oversee the work taking place in the Iowa River Landing area. He deserves your vote in order to continue with his giving to Coralville.

Gross is just completing his first four-year term on the council. In that time, he has shown his interest in Coralville and his support of all the residents. He deserves the opportunity to follow through with existing projects and to continue working for all the people of the city.

Snyder has spent her entire life in Coralville. For many years, she has operated the Gregory Properties company. This has given her insight into the ways in which businesses work with the city. She has also given of herself, serving on boards and commissions and working as a volunteer on FryFest, with the Coralville Fourth Fest, and on RAGBRAI. Please give Lynn the opportunity to further serve Coralville as a member of the City Council.

William Laubengayer
Coralville resident

'Excited' to endorse 'selfless' Dodds

With much excitement, I support Jill Dodds in her campaign for the Coralville City Council. I first met Jill when my children joined Simple Abundance, an early care and education program, operated by Jill and husband Jeff Dodds. I soon realized that this was not only a business, also a passion of theirs. Jill is continually finding different ways to help children prepare for kindergarten, while encouraging enthusiasm about the world around them. It is this enthusiasm and dedication toward our Coralville community that solidified my support for Jill's campaign.

Jill has been an active participant in City Council meetings and work sessions for the past few years, and she is a dynamic volunteer within our community. Selflessly, she is dedicating 100 percent of the campaign contributions she receives to the Coralville Ecumenical Food Pantry. Dodds understands the needs of our residents and encourages an interactive, open government by taking every view into account and carefully weighing all opinions before making a decision. I am confident that with Jill as a city councilor, we will see Coralville make the necessary steps for growth, without jeopardizing our economic stability. Her love and commitment to Coralville, her common-sense perspective, and her tenacious passion to do what's best makes Jill Dodds the best candidate for the Coralville City Council.

Visit Jill's website at www.doddsforcouncil.com to learn more about her campaign and please join me by voting for Jill Dodds on Nov. 8.

Melissa Schroeder
Coralville resident

Dodds: Great person, excellent candidate

As a Coralville resident, I understand the importance of the upcoming City Council election and am excited to be able to cast my ballot for Jill Dodds. A long-standing member of the community, Dodds has been heavily engaged as a volunteer and public servant for years.

I met her for the first time five years ago and immediately saw why she was regarded as a well-respected advocate for early childhood education statewide. Since that time, I have come to know her more defining characteristics through our mutual roles on the Johnson County Empowerment Board. Working side-by-side, I have witnessed her leadership skills, creativity in solving problems, commitment to an open process, informed decision making, and dedication to improving the lives of people living in our community.

As a person, she earned my respect through her honesty, integrity, compassion for others, and fortitude in striving for change even when the work to get there would be daunting to most. As a candidate, she has earned my vote because of her tireless work ethic, her unwavering dedication to open government for everyone, and her sincerity as a public servant.

I am ready for her to bring that dedication, sincerity, and tireless work ethic to the Coralville City Council, especially at a time when the decisions made will directly affect our community's financial stability and future prosperity.

I encourage other Coralville residents to learn more about what Jill Dodds can bring our community at www.doddsforcouncil.com and join me in voting for her on Nov. 8.

Lily French
Coralville resident


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