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North Liberty Mayor Amy Nielsen Announces Run for State Representative in Johnson County

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty Mayor Amy Nielsen announced Feb. 10 that she will run for State Representative in House District 77, which encompasses western and southern Johnson County, including the cities of North Liberty, Tiffin, Oxford, Swisher, Shueyville and Lone Tree.
“As a graduate of Iowa City Public Schools, and a parent of three children currently enrolled in those same schools, I know first­hand how important a world-class education is to our state’s future,” said Nielsen, a Democrat. “I’m deeply concerned that some in Des Moines are shortchanging our children by refusing to invest in Iowa's public schools.”
First elected Mayor of North Liberty in 2014, Amy has worked to expand public services and build infrastructure– including public transit– to the city’s growth areas. As mayor, she has brought increased attention to the diverse population of the community and pushed for additional programming for seniors and translation services for non-English speakers.
“I pledge to be open and accessible as your Representative, and to serve Johnson County by seeking input from residents to ensure their voices are heard in Des Moines,” added Nielsen. “Continuing in the tradition of Representative Sally Stutsman, I will fight for a better Iowa by working to raise the minimum wage, championing the adequate and on-time funding of our schools, and encouraging economic development throughout our district.”
Nielsen has been involved in numerous community activities, including serving on the Board of Directors for the North Liberty Community Food Pantry and heading up the Garner Elementary Walking School Bus program. She is also in the Iowa City Blue Zones Project, and serves on the Iowa City Community School District’s Equity Advisory Committee, as well as the Community Education District-wide Advisory Council.
“You can measure a community and state by how it treats its most vulnerable population,” added Nielsen. “We can work to better address the needs of seniors, those suffering with mental illness, and families living in poverty."
Nielsen and her husband Jason have three children in the Iowa City Community School District.