My Story

“Working families understand what it’s like to fall behind, and we’re no different. We’ve had to struggle just like everyone else to get to where we are now. Kahlil and I came out of graduate school saddled with student loan debt. We were at the beginning of our professional careers with two small kids. We were in the middle of a national housing crisis. I remember not being able to afford a washer/dryer when we moved and having to do our laundry at the laundromat for months. These are the struggles of everyday people. I am not proud about falling behind, but I am proud that we were able to catch up once we got back on our feet.

We’ve since paid all of our tax obligations. This experience has made us stronger, and I know that many working-class families in Cedar Rapids can relate.

We need leaders in this city who know what it’s like to struggle. Too often, politicians come to office with generational wealth and are out of touch with regular people.

I will bring the lived experience of someone who has had to work hard for everything.

We’ve had some bumps along the way, but we persevered. This is the American experience. This work ethic, this ability to bounce back, this ability to relate to ordinary people is what I will bring to City Hall.”

-Amara Andrews

October 12, 2021

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