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Opinion: Lionel Foster’s long, distinguished list of accomplishments makes him top choice in Ward 2 council race

This morning I read the Second Ward candidate reviews published by the Globe Gazette. In my learned opinion, there is only one viable candidate worth considering…. Lionel Foster. He possess the knowledge and wherewithal garnered through 41 years of experience intertwined in the day to day workings of our community. He not only served as the director of the Human Rights Department, but in addition to a distinguished career he was lauded by his peers when they bestowed the highest honor upon him. In addition, he was an original organizer in 1990 of the Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank in Mason City. He was past president of the Iowa association of human rights agencies. He was chairman of the Iowa Targeted Small Business Committee.

His resume is long and accomplished. He was an original Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) 1997. He was chairman of the Iowa Child Advocacy Board from 2007 to 2011. He was also an a original panel member of the Second Judaical Community Drug Court 2001 to 2004.

Currently, Lionel is Vice Chair of the Iowa Child and Policy Center and Vice President of Elder-bridge Agency on Aging. Lionel holds Governor Branstad’s Outstanding Volunteer award (1996) and Governor Vilsack’s Outstanding Service Award (1998) along with Governor’s Branstad’s Recognition of Services Award of (2011). Lional Foster would be an outstanding addition to our City Council. I urge all Second Ward residents to cast your vote for this man before he changes his mind…..

Lionel Foster, along with Amanda Ragan and Sharon Steckman

With Lionel Foster we get the added value of someone who has lived his life in this community and knows the city intimately unlike the other
two contestants. Foster believes the strength of Mason City lies in the hands and heart of its citizens, and he will seek our input in making city government work better. Casting a vote for Mr. Foster is an opportunity that may never come again…. he is available and would add a valuable component to this panel, his presence on the council would serve as evidence that our community is diverse and a welcoming community to all who wished to make their life among us……

Peter Children
Mason City, Iowa

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