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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 John Carden.

Citizens of Mason City:

Good day! I am John Carden and I am running for the City Council at-large seat. I would like to share my optimism in the future of Mason City and that of northern Iowa.

In the past few years we as a city have come a long way. We should be proud of our success! The community has become a Blue Zones community, embracing healthy living and healthy eating. We have a vibrant west side economy and downtown, with new businesses opening every year.

Our unemployment is very low. And we have not just ideas but concrete plans to continue our revitalization downtown with the sale of the mall and the building of a new hotel and arena. Our champion Bulls would finally have ice worthy of the quality of hockey they play.

Tourism and tourist spending has increased every year, keeping us on a path to success and growth.

As you may or may not know, I am a transplant here in North Iowa. I am originally from Texas where, I admit, Texans have their own way of doing things. But what is common to Iowans and Texans alike is our love of God, community and family. Since becoming a part of this community I have seen firsthand Mason City’s devotion to all three and wish to do my part to help continue our transformation so we may together share in our city’s success.

Let’s not bring more pessimism to the council but strength and pragmatism in this time of need. Let’s build a stronger Mason City for the future and for our children. I am hopeful in our direction and would be proud to serve you! Vote John Carden for Council!

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