June was an exciting and active month for our campaign!
To start, we launched our website, where you can learn more, donate, and see if you're eligible to vote for me on November 7th.
On June 2nd, I was asked to speak at a "People's Picnic" in Boone County, Iowa, where I grew up. I spoke about the great importance of getting involved at the micro-level of city government, by serving on a board or commission or by volunteering some other way.
It was good to get back to my roots, and after the picnic I visited the stunning High Trestle Bridge, just a few miles from the acreage I grew up at. The High Trestle Trail project is a great example of the importance of public and private partnerships coming together to invest in recreation and green spaces, as the trail covers multiple counties and is a major economic boost for the area.
The following day, I was humbled by the outpouring of support shown by many family and friends who attended my first fundraiser in Des Moines, thrown by my sister, Kelli.
I spent much of the remainder of the month attending local events and talking to folks about what they need and want from their city government.
On June 11th, I mingled at the annual Pride Picnic, presented by Co-Dubuque. I've been so impressed with how active and organized their non-profit has become over the past couple years. They are providing a much-needed service to our community.
I also stopped by the Dubuque Rescue Mission Gardens Open House, and they are incredible! While there, I met some traveling AmeriCorps NCCC members who have been working throughout the country. While in Dubuque, they helped with various tasks at Four Mounds, The Mission Gardens, Steeple Square, and with the Sisters of St. Francis. They're now off to Flint, Michigan.
As an alumni of the AmeriCorps program, I celebrated when I heard that Dubuque's federal grant application for the AmeriCorps "Partners in Learning" program was approved. This $238,000 grant will allow around 40 AmeriCorps members to work on the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading at local elementary schools in the 2017-2018 school year, and five summer learning programs in 2018.
On the Parks & Recreation Commission, we finalized our recommended priorities for the City Council, which included, among other things, increased accessibility in parks, more pet friendly amenities and opportunities, and unfreezing Parks & Rec staff positions to get them at least to 1980 levels or above.
On June 14th, I had a grand ol' time at the 100 Year Celebration of Sunnycrest Manor, a long-term care facility on the North End. Everyone was so welcoming and made guests feel like family, even as a big storm rolled in. I talked to many people who had generations of loved ones stay there through the years, and look forward to supporting another 100 years of quality care up on the hill.
On Father's Day Weekend, I attended a funeral Mass for my Uncle Michael, and helped lead the music. It was sad that he had to leave us so soon, but a silver lining may be that it brought all of our family together from around the country and we got to spend some time together.
Because I'm battling a cold, and human attention spans only last so long, I will summarize the remainder of the June monthly update below. :)
I also attended and/or celebrated:
As you can see, in addition to working full time, I'll take any opportunity I can to support our community, and find out what its citizens need.
You can support our campaign by donating, liking our Facebook page, signing up for updates, or displaying a yard sign in your yard.
Have a safe and fun Independence Day. We'll see you at the Airshow!