Discover Muscatine offered all candidates the opportunity to provide information about themselves, their campaigns and to answer a few questions to help voters get to know them better.
Office Sought: Muscatine City Council 2nd Ward
Candidate email address: [email protected]
Campaign Committee: Committee to Elect Alyson Glynn
|Muscatine High School||Muscatine||IA||4|
|Muscatine Community College||Muscatine||IA||2||Associates of Arts, Associates of Science|
|University of Iowa||Iowa City||IA||3||Bachelor of Science|
|Employer||Job Title||Start Date||End Date||Brief Job Description|
|Muscatine Community School District||Substitute Teacher||August 2021||Current|
|Glynnbugg Freelancing||Owner||June 2019||Current|
Why are you running for election?
I’ve been driven to volunteer work and being involved in the community since I was a young teenager. Childhood memories within City Hall left me with a sense of pride in my family and the community we lived in. I was exposed to the political realm of Muscatine young and started to volunteer the majority of my spare time throughout high school. As a young adult, I left Muscatine for approximately a year. I came back with the clothes on my back and a newborn on my hip. Muscatine welcomed me home with open arms and more support than I ever knew existed. I want to help contribute to that, to help Muscatine prosper and thrive, to put my know-how to work, and to add diversity and new viewpoints to the Council itself. I have dedicated my life to saying “why not?” and “how can we improve?”. I look forward to putting my degrees, training, experience, and general passion for innovation and improvement to work.
What is the most important issue facing your office? Why does it matter? How will you address it?
There is a continuous struggle to maintain a balance of three things: economy, community, and environment. A thriving city maintains this through budgeting, prioritizing, innovation, communication, and research. Putting the work in for a robust economy, a strong community, and a healthy environment.
What is the second most important issue facing your office? Why does it matter? How will you address it?
Even in these times of social media, communication is a constant problem. We have the means to budget well, understand codes and mandates, etc. We need to be consistently reaching out to our citizens for feedback and issues, being 100% transparent, and truly listening to the people we represent.
If elected, what steps would you take to improve perceptions of Muscatine in the surrounding area?
Muscatine has improved vastly since I was a young girl living in “MuscaVegas”. Though while we’ve improved, we’re definitely not done yet. Cleaning up the neglected neighborhoods, giving teenagers constructive outlets, and providing more educational programs within Muscatine will go a long way.
What is the most important thing you would like voters to know about you that they may not?
I’ve been a working and volunteering member of Muscatine my entire life. That’s not stopping any time soon. I encourage people to reach out, to run for office themselves, and to simply talk to myself or other people running for or in office. My strongest value as a candidate isn’t my degrees, training, age, political affiliation, or race. My strongest value as a candidate is the willingness to listen and to do my research. I look at both sides and have the hard discussions. I look forward to working hard and serve my community.