When Royceann Porter decided to run for Iowa City Council, she enrolled in an accounting class to better understand budgets. She continues to meet with local experts on housing, economic development, policing, environmental issues and zoning to learn more about the range of things she would address as a council member.
Refreshingly, she refuses to take a stand on issues until she thoroughly understands them. If elected, she will make thoughtful and informed decisions about specific issues that also consider the needs of the entire city. It’s too easy for our mostly white, middle class town to focus on issues that make our lives better while neglecting the needs of the lower wage earners who make our town thrive. We all too often address the poorest of the poor as a problem to solve rather than fellow human beings to respect, serve and learn from.
Through years of service in our community, as well as from her own background, Porter knows firsthand the needs of people whose voices are rarely heard in the halls of government. And she will always bring their concerns to the table, which is a very good thing for all of us.
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