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 Mayor
Candidate email address: [email protected]
Campaign Committee: Committee to Elect Diana Broderson
|Muscatine Community College||Muscatine||IA||1985-1987||Associate of Arts|
|University of Iowa||Iowa City||IA||1987-1989||Bachelor of Arts|
|Employer||Job Title||Start Date||End Date||Brief Job Description|
|Muscatine Community YMCA||Director||4/1/1998||current||Family Program Management|
|City of Muscatine||Mayor||1/1/2016||current||Public Service|
Public Offices Held
|Office||Start Date||End Date|
|Organization||Date||Contact Name||Contact Phone|
|Muscatine Firefighters 608||9/15/2021||Mike Hoppe||563-571-4347|
|AFSCME People||9/23/2021||Allison Ritchie||563-571-6330|
|Building Trade Workers||Jerry Lack||309-781-3198|
Why are you running for election?
I want to continue serving the people in the City of Muscatine for as longs as they wish. The citizens elected me as their Mayor in 2016 because they wanted to see change. They wanted everyone to have the same opportunities, be treated with respect, and have their questions answered and opinions valued without regard to the size of their bank account, location of their home, or who they knew. Working families in Muscatine told me that they wanted to be valued along with business owners and wealthy individuals. I have served these six years to make these changes. Evidence is clear that we have moved the needle addressing their concerns. Customer service is now a priority and is included in our most recent strategic plan. Citizen opinions are sought and valued in planning goals and strategies. More work needs to be done but progress is being made and people are beginning to feel the improvement. Council, City staff, and myself as Mayor are working together positively as team members and goals are being reached as a result. Partnering with the County, School Board, and local organizations on common objectives is now the norm and not the exception. Collaborating on relevant issues results in positive outcomes with better service to the community. If re-elected November 2, I pledge to keep Muscatine on this forward positive path without a return to a time when good customer service to everyone was not a priority. I am running for re-election to continue serving all people in Muscatine and ensure that their goals are being met.
What is the most important issue facing your office? Why does it matter? How will you address it?
Working for ALL people and listening to their voices, opinions and goals and then working to fulfill those objectives. Recent priorities they share are housing, diversity, respect, shared information, and better service. We put these in our strategic plan and must continue positively moving forward.
What is the second most important issue facing your office? Why does it matter? How will you address it?
Lack of mental health care has been an on-going issue identified in the last several Community Health Needs Assessments. I serve on the Muscatine Health Association who established a task force on this issue. We are currently in the final stages of bringing mental health care providers to Muscatine.
If elected, what steps would you take to improve perceptions of Muscatine in the surrounding area?
I have been working on this issue through networking with other Mayors on projects and programs that increase the public good. I also initiated Joint Meetings with County and School Board to increase relationships and work as a team in efforts to better serve the public and be a good team player.
What is the most important thing you would like voters to know about you that they may not?
It has been my pleasure to serve you these past six years. I have no personal agenda or advantage to seek from being Mayor. I’m not a business owner or someone looking to change things for my own personal gain. I come from a working class family right here in Muscatine. My goal is simply to serve you and the City that I love so dearly. I want to make sure that everyone’s voice is heard – no matter the size of your bank account, the color of your skin, your age, sex, location of your home, or who you know. Good service should not only go to the wealthy, but to people from all walks of life. Working families are the backbone of this City and they should never be over-looked or pushed aside for those at the top of the income bracket. What you care about, matters to me, I work for you! I publicly share my personal cell phone number so you can reach me any time that you need assistance. I have answered hundreds of your calls for help since I have been your Mayor. Folks needing help with a City department, with problems with their neighbors, parking issues, flooding issues, permits, rentals and events, fences, resources, garbage collection, wait times at railroad crossings, roads, or just asking questions and seeking information. Each and every time, I did my best to come along side you and be your advocate to help you get the best possible service and resolution to your issue. No problem that you have contacted me about was too small and each one was given my attention as I worked to find solutions. I also serve you by representing Muscatine on regional groups to make sure that we are included in area projects and plans i.e. Bi-State Regional Commission, Region 9 Transportation Policy Group, Mississippi River Mayors, Iowa League of Cities/Mayor Group, Quality Standards Work Group, and others. In addition, I serve at a local level as the Chair of Muscatine County Emergency Management, Conference Board, E911, Grandview Revitalization Lead Group, Muscatine Solid Waste Commission, and volunteer service on Rotary, Salvation Army, Muscatine Community Health Association, Child Abuse Prevention Council (CARES), League of Women Voters, Trinity Muscatine Friends, and others. I also work for the Muscatine Community YMCA as Director of Family Programs and have previously worked as an adjunct faculty member teaching Ethics at Muscatine Community College and Iowa Wesleyan College, worked with people with disabilities at CROSSROADS, advocated for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault at Family Resources, and in substance abuse prevention at New Horizons. My husband and I are long-term members of First Baptist Church and enjoy spending time with our immediate and extended family playing games, camping, mushroom hunting, and traveling. I ask for your vote on November 2 and I thank you!