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May 4, 2023

In this week’s episode, co-host Ryan Coonety talks with Cedar Rapids, IA, Councilmember Ashley Vanorny. Ashley brings a unique perspective to city government due to her professional background in healthcare. She discusses how her experience has informed her holistic approach to city affairs and shares current municipal initiatives in Cedar Rapids, including policies driven by public health concerns. Despite being the second youngest-ever City Councilmember, Ashley manages her leadership role while challenging prejudices based on her age and gender. She also talks about efforts to improve housing and inclusion in the city. Tune in to hear more about Ashley's work to make Cedar Rapids a more equitable and connected city.