Ames City Council meets Jan. 15 in City Hall to discuss the 2019-2024 Capital Improvements Plan. Staff members gave a presentation on their recommendations for the next five years.

I met Rachel the day I moved to Ames — she was my next-door neighbor. Immediately, she showed me kindness by welcoming me to this city, and she’s continued to exhibit her desire to help others — friends, peers and the community — in the five years since.

As Rachel is a student, she fully understands the struggles that Iowa State students and other Ames residents face when attempting to find affordable housing. She brings fresh perspectives regarding strategies to keep young people in Ames to support the growth of our town.

Rachel also cares deeply about the environment, and firmly believes that Ames should take action towards carbon neutrality, rather than a delayed approach.

She has advocated for these issues since the beginning of her campaign and has worked diligently to share them with all of her constituents, from ISU students to community members. She also asks voters what they would like to see in Ames, thus empowering and enfranchising them, like any strong community leader (and good neighbor) would.

As a young person myself, and as someone who believes that the climate crisis must be addressed head-on, I wholeheartedly support Rachel’s campaign. 

On Dec. 3, I urge the Ames Ward 4 residents to vote for Rachel as their City Council representative. 

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