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Office Sought: Muscatine City Council At Large

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Campaign Committee: Team Lewis

Educational Background

NameCityStateYearsDiploma/Degree Earned
St. AmbroseDavenportIowa3Master Degree in Nursing Administration
University of PhoenixPhoenixAZ3Bachelor Science Degree in Nursing
Scott Community CollegeBettendorfIA3Associates Degree in Nursing

Employment History

EmployerJob TitleStart DateEnd DateDescription
University of IowaOperational and Performance Improvement Engineer2012PresentDuties of this position include abstraction, review and analysis of stroke patients’ electronic records. Enter data abstracted into a national data base. After data is entered into database, benchmarking with other hospitals. In addition, I identify, develop and implement action plan for process improvement in areas where there are opportunities for improvement related to stroke population care. Collaborate with stroke champion, neurologist, neurosurgeons, stroke coordinator, nurse managers and staff to implement action plans to improve patient outcomes.

Public Offices Held

OfficeStart DateEnd Date
The Muscatine County Judicial Magistrate Nominating CommissionMay 2021current
Iowa Stroke Task Force-SecretaryJan 2013current

Why are you running for election?

I am running for City Council to serve the citizens of Muscatine, the community where I live and love. I kneel only to God, I stand for the Flag of the United States of America, and I back the brave Law Enforcement Officers who protect our great County and City.

What is the most important issue facing your office? Why does it matter? How will you address it?

The most important issue I hear from residence of Muscatine is the increasing cost of property taxes. This can be fixed I believe in three ways: by being fiscally responsible with monies that are collected, providing commerce opportunities, and providing adequate housing choices for those who work in that area.

What is the second most important issue facing your office? Why does it matter? How will you address it?

The second issue I hear from residence are the houses that are run down around town. I believe my above answer addresses this issue as well. If we provide the opportunities for outside maintenance of derelict homes will help improve the over all perception of what people feel about Muscatine.

If elected, what steps would you take to improve perceptions of Muscatine in the surrounding area?

I believe any perception other areas may have can be overcoming by the community members themselves taking pride in a place we call home. Explaining to people who live outside of Muscatine what great opportunities we have already in place and that there is room to grow.

What is the most important thing you would like voters to know about you that they may not?

I was born and raised in Muscatine. When my parents divorced, I moved all across Iowa and my career eventually took me to Colorado, Arizona, and Texas. But when I started having children, I felt the importance of returning home and being close to family and friends. After my father lost his wife in 2013, I did not want him to be alone, so I moved in with him and cared for him for the next five years until he died. In 2018, he passed away at home and in his own bed. Those last few years with him taught me just how precious community is. With a renewed love for Muscatine, my husband and I have made Muscatine our permanent home.
As a Christian, a wife, mother to three adult sons, and grandmother to eight, I am no stranger to service. I also believe in giving back to the community. I am a member of the Muscatine County Judicial Magistrate Nominating Commission and also hold officer positions and memberships with the Iowa Stroke Task Force and Christian Motorcycle Association. As a recognized nurse-leader with numerous certifications, I know how to work hard to achieve the solutions that people need and deserve.

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