I believe voters deserve to know the vision of what any candidate for public office aspires to achieve if elected, so here is mine:


Modernize City Government

Different times call for different types of action from local government in serving its citizens. While our city’s past 50 years have been great, we need to modernize city government to carry us into the next fifty. Here are some ideas I think are worth exploring:

  • Simpler set-up and use of online auto-pay for things like water bills

  • Establishing recurring Facebook/Instagram Live video updates so that city government becomes more open and accessible to all while meeting citizens where they’re at – online

  • Improved partnership with the school district on areas of shared concern, especially mental health


Support Small Business Development

Beyond being an important part of our community, small businesses help keep local money local, and diversify our property tax base so that homeowners don’t have to carry so much of the burden. Let’s support small businesses already here, and help new ones to start.


Ensure Responsible Stewardship of Natural Resources

We’re blessed with incredible natural resources here in Johnston. We should be doing what we can at the city level to protect them and ensure they can be enjoyed by this generation and beyond. Here are some ideas I think are worth exploring:

  • Covered bus stops so riders waiting outside aren’t exposed to sun, thunderstorms, or snow with no protection; residents who commute via DART are helping the entire community by taking cars off the road, which reduces pollution, traffic, and road wear-and-tear; we shouldn’t make it unnecessarily inconvenient

  • Increased access to natural resource areas via trail and publicly accessible waterways; the new kayak launchpad on the Beaver Creek at NW 70th Ave is a great start

  • Continuing pre-existing efforts such as the oxbow restoration within the Beaver Creek Natural Resource Area, and the Johnston Farmers’ Market, a project of the Johnston Lions Club whose proceeds support the Residential Tree Program


 

About Me

This is me.

This is me.

Election night party with other volunteers the night the bond passed.

Election night party with other volunteers the night the bond passed.

Generation Pay It Forward celebration at the Johnston Partnership with alumni.

Generation Pay It Forward celebration at the Johnston Partnership with alumni.

  • Served as co-chair of the Citizens for Quality Johnston Schools Bond Committee that passed and led to over $112 million in K-12 school improvements

  • Led the charge to successfully add a student representative to the school board

  • Founded the Johnston High School Silver Cord Program

  • Worked with dozens of JHS alumni via Generation Pay It Forward to raise more than $25,000 for Summit Middle School students in need

  • Member, Johnston Arts Council

  • Small business owner

  • Former Fortune 100 employee, with experience managing business budgets of millions of dollars

  • Former member, New Johnston HS Design Committee

  • Former committee chair, Toebben for School Board

  • Member, Our Lady of the Americas Catholic Church

  • Johnston “Sandbox Kid”; attended Johnston K-12

  • BA, Government, Georgetown University

Ribbon cutting for the new Johnston HS with fellow committee co-chairs Mark and Jacqueline; we are missing one more in the pic as we couldn’t find our other co-chair Bob!

Ribbon cutting for the new Johnston HS with fellow committee co-chairs Mark and Jacqueline; we are missing one more in the pic as we couldn’t find our other co-chair Bob!


 

How to Help

  1. Host a Yard Sign: Complete this form if we can place a sign in your yard once they arrive. Delivery date will be sometime in September.

  2. Volunteer: No prior campaign experience required! We’re going to get organized and evenly distribute the work so no one feels overwhelmed and overcommitted. Sign up here if you’d be interested in joining our volunteer team.

  3. Request an Absentee Ballot: It really helps if you request an absentee ballot and vote by mail. That way we can stop sending mail or doorknockers to your house once you’ve voted. Email peopleforsyroka@gmail.com if you’d be interested and we’ll have someone bring a form to fill out before taking it to the Polk County Auditor for you. Your ballot will then arrive in the mail.

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  5. Donate: No matter where you are, please donate now! We have a plan to win, we just need to raise enough money to fully fund our budget.


 

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Get in Touch

If you have ideas on improving our city, I want to hear from you. Please feel free to call me on my cell at (515) 207-2558 or email me at peopleforsyroka@gmail.com.