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BY DI READERS | OCTOBER 30, 2013 5:00 AM

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Vote Cole, Botchway, and Porter

With this election, Iowa City is truly at a turning point. Will we continue on the same path our current council has led us down, or will we rise to the occasion and speak up for what we believe in?

Will we only choose diversity and sustainability if they are convenient, or will we work to ensure that they are cornerstones of our community? We as a community must work to make our town more accessible to all people, we must lead on all issues of sustainability, and we absolutely must be responsive to the needs of all the people who call Iowa City home.

Rockne Cole, Kingsley Botchway, and Royceann Porter are three strong candidates for City Council who are committed to doing all of these things and who also happen to be three of the nicest, most knowledgeable, and hard-working people I have ever met. As a lifelong resident of Iowa City, I now have more hope for the future of this community as a whole than I ever have. Please join me in voting Cole, Botchway, and Porter for Council before or on Nov. 5.

Eli Shepherd

Vote Porter

During the past weeks we have read and heard what the candidates for the City Council propose to do in continuing the job started by past city leaders. This election year, we can finally hear the voices of nontraditional candidates. Royceann Porter is such a candidate.

Anyone who knows Royceann Porter knows that she has a proven strong work ethic. She has listened to the rhetoric of many city leaders over the years, and she has become motivated to be a part of the solution to some of the many issues that seem to plague the Iowa City community. She supports the vision of current and past council members regarding affordable housing, long-term planning, and she supports the underrepresented members of our city. Some have inferred that the underrepresented refers only to the minority community; however the term underrepresented includes senior citizens, homeless citizens, and jobless residents as well. It even includes the children and parents in our School District who may be experiencing difficulty in achieving at a desired level. Royceann will represent all Iowa City residents — seniors, the homeless, the unemployed, and failing students — from all backgrounds. Ms. Porter has realistic expectations and understands that the demands of being a member of the City Council.

Give fresh ideas a chance to land on the table; consider the makeup of the Iowa City community. Iowa City cannot afford to look in the rearview mirror. The future is in the making.  

A vote for Porter is an investment in the future of Iowa City. Vote Porter on Nov. 5.

Marian L. Coleman

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