Though we celebrated a victory Tuesday night, it's taken a few days for the results to truly sink in.
I'm finally able to grasp the great honor the voters of Dubuque have entrusted me with, and I intend to serve in a way that makes you proud.
Campaigns don't win themselves, and the number of thanks owed is truly endless. I can start by thanking my husband, Ryan, who has been patient and supportive during many busy nights campaigning.
Super volunteers Lizz Tyler (Campaign Chair), Todd Lange (Data Strategist), and Christian Stillings (canvassing rockstar), Debra, Mary, and Chris, among MANY others, who encouraged me to run, supported me every step of the way, and gave so much time and talent.
Super donors Stephonie Schmitz with SAO Dyzynz for designing my beautiful campaign brand pro-bono, and always showing up to support, too; Ann McDonough with Plane Art Designs for our fantastic campaign t-shirts, Dr. Jeff Manternach for the generous gifts, Iowa Women for Progressive Change for their support, and more than 100 other friends, family members and neighbors who donated and helped make this happen!
My sister, Kelli, parents Ann & Craig, and Pat & Jan, Grandparents Phil and Evelyn Muñoz, and the best extended family(ies) in the world, who all chipped in and supported me with much love and many donations early on and throughout.
I want to also thank the elected officials who have set such a good example for me, especially my predecessor, Councilwoman Joyce Connors. Councilwoman Connors has been a fantastic role model not just for me, but for local women and girls everywhere by serving 16 years on the Dubuque City Council with integrity, honesty and empathy.
No one can fill your shoes, Joyce, but it will be a true honor to fill your seat.
And finally, I want to thank the voters. Because you are truly the ones who made this happen. Thank you for turning out, in record numbers, to vote.
A strong democracy depends on you, and I hope you'll stay involved. Whether it's by joining a board or commission, attending public input meetings, or letting your representatives know directly how you feel about an issue, let's keep the momentum going.
Thanks again, everyone, for all you've done to make this a people-powered campaign we can be proud of. I couldn't have done it without you.
Dubuque City Councilwoman-Elect, Ward 3
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Larson lands Telegraph Herald Endorsement
"... Larson’s interests are not limited to pets, parks and politics. A former intern for AmeriCorps and the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, she has a commitment to helping people, especially the less fortunate, and enhancing quality-of-life issues, which are vital in attracting and retaining a viable workforce."
To read the endorsement in full, pick up a copy or read it online here if you subscribe.
Kate has also received endorsements from:
Iowa Women for Progressive Change
The Dubuque Federation of Labor
Larson demonstrates passion, ability at final city council forum
The Dubuque League of Women Voters hosted the final city council and mayoral candidate debate on Wednesday night, October 25. The room was full of engaged citizens wanting to learn about and hear from their future representatives.
Kate demonstrated great passion, knowledge and confidence on a broad range of issues, and pledges to be the strong voice the 3rd Ward needs.
"My passion, my purpose, and my ability goes beyond Parks & Recreation," She said. "I am ready to help Dubuque solve other problems."
The 3rd Ward needs a strong, experienced leader on city council. Watch below to see why that leader is Kate.
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Dubuque City Council elections: Larson hopes to shine a light on Ward 3
BY THOMAS J. BARTON
Kate Larson wants to shine a light on Dubuque’s North End — both metaphorically and literally.
Larson, a 32-year-old advertising account manager at Boyd Gaming, is running for the Ward 3 Dubuque City Council seat in the Nov. 7 city elections. The ward includes the city’s North End.
Incumbent Joyce Connors is not seeking re-election. Damian Waid, 32, an events and marketing coordinator at Cartegraph, also is running for the seat.
Dispelling stereotypes and perceptions about the North End being crime-ridden and impoverished and promoting a city initiative to improve home ownership top Larson’s list of priorities.
“(I want to help) the North End get a piece of the economic prosperity and growth that it seems the rest of the city is enjoying,” she said.
That includes increasing street and alley lighting and continuing the city’s expansion of security and traffic cameras — which now number close to 900 — to deter crime by aiding police in quickly identifying and apprehending perpetrators.
She also supports a campaign by Greater Dubuque Development Corp. and the city to convert dilapidated rental properties into single-family homes. The intent is to eliminate slum and blight and promote home ownership.
The development group is in the process of collecting polling data in partnership with Loras College to gauge how residents feel about the area as part of an effort to combat real and perceived issues facing the North End.
“I think that, unfortunately, there are some racial undertones in some of that perception — ‘If people don’t look like me and don’t act like me or dress like me, then they’re not people I want to be around,’” Larson said. “And we need to work on that, and make sure everyone feels welcome and have a truly inclusive community.”
She feels the recently completed Upper Bee Branch Creek restoration project “is a great place to start making those connections and chipping away the perceptions of the North End.”
Larson was appointed to the city Parks and Recreation Commission in 2013. During her time, she successfully pushed for reducing the use of pesticides in parks and making them more accessible to those with disabilities.
She also would like to see city leaders commit to another pet park, allow leashed dogs in more city parks and add staff to reflect increased maintenance responsibilities.
Larson also has been active in the local arts scene and is a member of the social advocacy group “Let’s Do This, Dubuque,” an organization that works to “keep progressive values alive,” according to its Facebook page.
Larson said that her time on the commission has given her valuable insight into how the city operates and fiscal restraints that impact city priorities and budget decisions.
“The 3rd Ward needs a strong leader on City Council,” she said. “Someone who will advocate for them and shine a light on the good that we have to offer. I’ve been that leader on parks and rec. I’ve worked hard and done my homework, and I’ll do the same for them on the City Council.”
See full story/ video here: http://www.telegraphherald.com/news/tri-state/article_6bcc1b15-a2c2-5148-a7cf-766b8e747d20.html
July and August have been non-stop busy!
From the fireworks and airshow in Miller Riverview Park, to watching ribbon cutting after ribbon cutting of exciting developments in the North End, it has been a wonderful summer for Dubuque!
Enjoy this slideshow as a way to catch a glimpse of our past month in review. And join us at our upcoming events:
Thursday, August 24th at Catfish Charlies from 5-7pm for a meet and greet/ fundraiser.
Thursday, September 28th at Convivium from 5-7pm for a meet and greet/ fundraiser.
Voter registration forms and absentee ballot request forms will be available at both. Hope to see you there!