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Nielsen sworn in as mayor

North Liberty Assistant City Administrator Tracey Mulcahey (left) conducts the swearing-in ceremony for new mayor Amy Nielsen, on Thursday, Nov. 13, in city council chambers. (photo by Lori Lindner)

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty city hall has officially installed a new mayor.
Assistant City Administrator Tracey Mulcahey conducted the swearing-in ceremony for Amy Nielsen on Thursday, Nov. 13, in council chambers. Present were friends and several members of Nielsen’s family and extended family.
After Nielsen took the oath of office, she posed for photographs with various relatives, and took a moment to reflect on her recent election to the office.
“I don’t know if it has really sunk in yet, but it’s very exciting. I’m glad I didn’t have to wait until January, because I’m very glad to get started. The canvassing is done, the swearing in is over, and now I can get to work,” said Nielsen.
The official canvass from the Nov. 4 election conducted by the Johnson County Auditor’s Office showed that Nielsen received 2,650 votes in that contest, while former Mayor Gerry Kuhl received 2,145, a difference of just 505. There were 34 write-in votes cast as well.
Nielsen’s three children were also in attendance at her swearing-in ceremony. All three said they were involved in helping their mother campaign.
“She worked hard for it, and we all had to work hard,” said Jilly, the youngest of Nielsen’s children. “We door-knocked and told people we needed their vote.”
Ben Nielsen said he was proud of his mother.
“It’s pretty awesome that she’s the mayor. It’s something she wanted to do and worked hard to do, so I think it’s pretty awesome,” said Ben.
Nielsen’s oldest daughter Catie echoed her brother’s sentiments, proud that her mother is North Liberty’s first female to be elected to the mayoral seat.
“She worked hard campaigning and she definitely deserved to win, and I’m glad she did,” Catie said. The Nielsen household may have to adapt to a different routine now that mom is mayor, Catie conceded. “Probably things will change in little ways we won’t really notice. She has always been busy; now she’ll just be busy with more important things.”