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Ames, Iowa City Council, Ward 3

The City Council, the governing body of the City of Ames, consists of six elected council members and an ex-officio member from Iowa State University. Council members are elected for four-year terms, with one-half of the seats up for election every two years. Four of the Council members are elected from wards; the other two serve at-large. The Council usually meets three times a month and receive a salary of $7000/year. For a map of Ames’ wards, go to https://www.storycountyiowa.gov/DocumentCenter/Home/View/2085. Election day is November 7. For locations/times and absentee voting info, visit the Auditor’s page on www.storycountyiowa.gov.
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The city of Ames is proud of its diversity. As a city council member, how would you go about measuring and improving Ames' inclusiveness?

Will one of your goals be to keep affordable housing for all sectors of our community at the forefront of council business.

If elected, would you pursue making the city-wide high speed internet a reality?

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Campaign Phone (515) 292-9261
Campaign Web Site http://www.martinforames.org
Campaign Email david@martinforames.org
Education B.S. Iowa State, Mathematics and Computer Science Ph.D. Boston University, Computer Science
Other Relevant Experience Ames native; employed in computing industry since 1979
I want to be clear that I'm not a diversity expert; I'm a businessperson and technologist. But I am an example of Ames being inclusive. I say this because I see people in this election treating me fairly and not discounting me simply because of irrelevant factors like sex, sexual orientation, race, or religion. Even though I can't claim my own gay nature as some kind of achievement, improving diversity in leadership is a worthwhile goal and accomplishment for Ames. As a city councilor, I would use my story and my connections to show other people that minority status is a smaller ingredient in leadership than they might think. And I would look to the human relations commission and other actual experts for tools for measuring inclusiveness and wisdom about reaching out more effectively.
Yes. Affordable housing is important to residents throughout Ames, and certainly to the Ward 3 residents I've been talking with during this campaign. In my observations of city council meetings, the current council is also working hard to identify and act on opportunities that might have an impact. With Ames property values so much higher than surrounding towns, we're not likely to find a simple fix. But I'm hoping that as enrollment dips, we will be able to see some of the older and smaller homes return to the owner-occupied market. The affordable housing project at the old middle school will have a modest impact. And it it's worth mentioning that all council and mayoral candidates recently agreed to continue funding the Story County Housing Trust Fund.
Absolutely. Internet plumbing is important everywhere, but it's particularly important in science and engineering centers like Ames. I've spoken to hundreds of Ward 3 residents about their internet experiences, and it's clear we need better options. While running internet services over old telephone wires or cable TV systems is possible, it's fraught with technical challenges that require constant attention and repair. Ames needs to explore the possibility of providing affordable fiber-to-the-premises along with first-class customer service.  I've been creating, studying, and using Internet technologies since the late 80s, and my current software forensics business regularly leads me to analyze internet and Web systems. I look forward to leading Ames to improve its local internet options.

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