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My name is Mazahir Salih. I'm running for one of the two At-Large seats for the Iowa City City Council.  Vote for me on or before November 7.

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I had the privilege of serving as a member of the Iowa City Council from 2018 to 2021, with the honor of being elected Mayor Pro Tem during the years 2020 and 2021. It was a period of growth, challenges, and meaningful accomplishments for our community.


After my term, I made the difficult decision not to seek re-election. My children were in middle school, needing my full attention during their critical years of development. I also took on the role of Executive Director at the Center for Worker Justice, focusing on advocating for the rights and well-being of low-wage workers and immigrant residents. It was a time of personal growth and dedication to the causes that matter deeply to me.


Now, as my children have grown and the situation has changed, I find myself called back to the public service arena. The commitment to our community and its future has never fluctuated in my heart. I see the potential for positive change, the chance to build on the foundation we've laid, and the opportunity to address new challenges together.


These times demand experienced leadership, vision, and a steadfast dedication to the well-being of our community. My previous term on the Council has given me valuable insights into the workings of our local government. As a dedicated public servant, I am committed to listening to your concerns, advocating for your interests, and working tirelessly to make Iowa City an even better place for all of us to live, work, and thrive.


I am excited to announce my candidacy for the upcoming election, as there are two open seats without incumbents. With your support, we can continue to build a stronger, more inclusive Iowa City that addresses the needs of every individual and family. Together, we can shape a future that reflects our shared values, celebrates our diversity, and ensures equitable opportunities for everyone.


I am here to listen, to learn, and to lead. I humbly ask for your trust, your partnership, and your vote as we start on this journey together. Let's build a brighter future for Iowa City—one that we can all be proud to call home.

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