RYAN HALL FOR COUNCIL

A young and progressive voice for an equitable and sustainable Iowa City

Why I'm Running

This campaign is not about one single person – this is about a movement. This is about a community that has limitless potential to address the core issues of poverty, challenge economic and racial injustice, build a sustainable future, protect our water and other natural resources, educate our young folks, and so much more. I am running because we need new and young voices at the decision-making table. We need to encourage and support fresh voices and leadership. I am running to bridge the gap between the student population and the residents outside of campus. I am running for City Council in Iowa City to be a voice for all.

About Me

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Ryan Hall, 24, Environmental Planning (B.A.) student at the University of Iowa

There is something special about the Midwest: the people, the soil, the water. This region is wholesome, nourishing, and has incredible potential. These qualities give me hope for a brighter future that we the people can create. I’m from the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan, but now I call Iowa City home.

After spending two years and too much money pursuing higher education in Michigan following high school, I decided to serve with AmeriCorps. Through this national service program that focuses on strengthening communities and building leaders, I learned of the struggles many Americans face. I served for three years in three different locations. My service ranged from mentoring and tutoring in underfunded public schools in Columbus, Ohio, to acting as a wildland firefighter in Colorado, to saving folks money on their utility bills in Decorah, Iowa.

After my three years of service, I embarked on a 3-month, 4,000 mile bicycle trip across the United States from the coast of Oregon to Washington D.C. Along the way I spoke about the opportunities we have to take action on climate change that can empower our communities and make us more resilient.

I chose to finish my education here in Iowa City because I see the great potential this community has. We educate some of the brightest students in the world; we have vast resources to nourish our people, and we have a wonderful opportunity to become a sustainable and equitable community.

I am running for Iowa City Council because I know I’m not the only one with this progressive vision. We must inspire a new generation of thinkers, motivators, and organizers to secure a brighter future.

I want the voices of the most vulnerable people in our community to be heard, and I want a future that has all of us in mind: student, immigrant, or long-time resident.

I want to be a City Councillor for all, and I can’t wait to get started.

Platform

Sustainability

  • Protecting our water
  • Energy efficiency
  • Renewable energy
  • Bicycle-friendly
  • Walkable city
  • Local food production

Student and New Resident Involvement

  • Getting students involved in local issues
  • Providing economic opportunities
    for young people
  • Opening City Hall to all people
  • Cooperation among generations

Economic & Racial Justice

  • Affordable housing
  • Local control over wages
  • Employee-owned cooperatives
  • Promoting small and local business
  • Defending our immigrant communities
  • Ending policies and practices that
    segregate wealth and race in Iowa City

Where to Vote

Where to early vote:

  • Wednesday, October 25
    – Broadway Neighborhood Center
       2105 Broadway St, Iowa City
       2:30pm – 5:30pm
    – Pheasant Ridge Neighborhood Center
       2651 Roberts Rd, Iowa City
       2:30pm – 5:30pm
  • Friday, October 27
    – Iowa Memorial Union
       125 N. Madison St, Iowa City
       10:00am – 3:00pm
  • Tuesday, October 31
    – University of Iowa Hospital & Clinics
       200 Hawkins Dr, Iowa City (Fountain Entrance)
       10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Thursday, November 2
    – Iowa City Pubic Library
       123 S. Linn St, Iowa City
       11:00am – 6:00pm
  • Sunday, November 5
    – Coralville Public Library
       1401 5th St, Coralville
       Noon – 4:00pm

Where to vote on Election Day (NOVEMBER 7):

Check polling location here: https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/voterreg/pollingplace/search.aspx

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