Dubuque, Iowa – Sunday, April 2, 2017 – Pledging to run a “People’s Campaign,” Dubuque Parks and Recreation Commissioner Kate Larson will officially declare her candidacy for Dubuque’s Third Ward City Council Seat on Friday, April 7 in A.Y. McDonald Park at 6:00pm.
“After careful consideration, and much encouragement from friends, family and associates, I will be formally kicking off my candidacy for our Third Ward City Council seat. My service as Parks Commissioner has given me a unique understanding of city government and how it can better serve all of us.”
Since her appointment in 2013, Larson has been a leader on such issues as helping the City cut back on pesticide use in parks, playgrounds and pollinator gardens; advocating for more opportunities for people of all abilities with increased ADA compliance in parks and support of the proposed Miracle League Field; and promoting a more pet-friendly Dubuque.
“I have worked vigorously to improve our parks and access to them, and would like to continue serving as a conduit for the people.” Larson said. ”If I earn the honor of serving the Third Ward, I will work even harder to make sure their concerns are heard, and addressed.”
“Kate has been dedicated to ensuring the planned Eagle Valley Park is not forgotten,” said Kristina Nesteby, a resident of Third Ward and Eagle Valley subdivision. “She keeps it top-of-mind with the commission, and invited us to meet with them when they stopped to see our still-undeveloped park.”
Larson is also active in the local arts scene, recently voicing support for making the City’s Arts & Cultural Affairs Coordinator position full time.
“I am proud to help Kate in any way I can,” said Jennifer Tigges, fellow Parks Commissioner. “Beyond her work with parks, she’s been a strong supporter of the arts, volunteering at the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival, and countless other community events each year.”
Dubuque’s Third Ward runs from approximately 18th Street on the east side of Central Avenue, north to the city limits, and east to the Mississippi River. It also includes the neighborhoods between West 32nd Street and Kaufmann Avenue, from Central Avenue to North Grandview.
“If elected, I’ll throw my full support behind the many new initiatives aimed at improving our Third Ward neighborhoods,” Larson said. “It’s exciting to hear about these investments being made left and right.”
In 2016, Larson was elected as a national delegate for Bernie Sanders to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia to represent Iowa District 1. She is an active member of the Dubuque County Democrats Central Committee, campaigning hard for Jessica Kean for Iowa House leading up to November, and more recently, supporting the run of Steve Drahozal, newly elected Chair of the county party.
Larson received a bachelor’s degree in environmental journalism from Iowa State University in 2008, and works as an Advertising Account Manager at Boyd Gaming in Dubuque. She lives in the Broadway neighborhood with her husband, Ryan, and a menagerie of beloved pets.