Andrew Yang shows support for Bill Lu in Ankeny city council election
It’s been almost two years since former 2020 presidential candidate Andrew Yang set foot in Iowa.
That changed on Wednesday evening, as Yang stopped in Des Moines as part of his nationwide book tour – but not without first stopping in Ankeny to show his support for the local candidate for the city council of Ankeny, Bill Lu.
“I met Bill at an event in Western California and was touched that I was able to play a part in inspiring him to run,” said Yang. “And the fact that he’s a police officer now running for city council, I thought, was a great story.”
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Lu, who was born in Shanghai, China, has lived in Ankeny for seven years and is currently an officer in the Des Moines Police Department. If elected, he would be the city’s first colored municipal councilor.
“All my life, I’ve never looked at politics,” Lu said. “I thought, ‘Could someone like me really get elected? “And it wasn’t until years ago when I saw an Asian man on stage running for President of the United States.”
Ensuring that public safety and infrastructure can keep up with the burgeoning population of Ankeny while addressing labor shortages by attracting workers to the community is one of Lu’s top priorities. .
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Also in attendance at Wednesday’s event were many candidates from the Ankeny School Board, council candidate Nathan Willard and mayoral candidate Michael Moore.
During his speech, Yang also spoke about the importance of getting involved and voting in local elections for people who “will work better for you”.
“Much of our politics has been nationalized, but in reality most of the action is closer to home,” Yang said. “If you think about the decisions that are going to affect the average family, a lot of it happens at the school board and city council level. “
Yang is not the first national politician to extol the importance of local elections to the Iowans.
US Senator Marco Rubio, the 2016 presidential candidate, called school and city boards some of America’s “most contested races” during a visit to Story County in August.
Election day is November 2. Ankeny’s ballots include four candidates for two city council seats and two mayoral candidates. Voters will also have a choice of seven candidates for three vacant seats on the Ankeny school board.
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