Editor’s note: The Globe Gazette asked the eight candidates in the Sept. 20 Mason City Council special election why they decided to run for the open at-large seat. Today we feature the response of Andy O’Brien

I know the history, but I can see the positive future. I am running as a community statement; I care about this community and its future.

We need a positive leader who can bring new businesses, new employment opportunities, more civic improvements, a higher standard of living and a better quality of life for our citizens.

Mason City has an uphill battle to get there, and we can’t elect an official with downhill habits or personal agendas. The City Council position is a way I can assist our community in keeping us unified and focused on the future. We can do this together.

What I do for a living is coach people and businesses to become better leaders, employers and community partners. To do this I look at the big picture, listen to their goals and work together to set the plan to reach their goals. No different than our city; we need to re-evaluate our vision plan from 2010, bring the citizens back together and drive our vision forward.

We as citizens need to be informed and involved in all civic activities regarding our city. A healthy community requires citizens to be heard, and the first is having a voice through getting out and voting for their candidate.

We have four generations of our family currently living in Mason City. I’ve been married to Jodee, another Mason City native, for 24 years. We have two grown married children and a grandson who live in Mason City.

I want my grandson to graduate from Mason City with a great education and see the value of our community when he takes the steps into adulthood. We have roots here and will continue to look for ways to keep and bring people here.

Vote for Andy O’Brien today!

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