FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 5, 2019
Contact: RaQuishia Harrington
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RaQuishia Harrington Announces Bid for North Liberty City Council Seat
Special Election to be held March 12
(North Liberty) – A youth and family development professional with a long history of community and civic involvement announced today she will run in the upcoming North Liberty City Council special election.
“It is an exciting time to be in North Liberty,” said council candidate RaQuishia (ray-KEE-shee-uh) Harrington. “We still have our small town feel but we are growing quickly. We can decide as a community who we are and what our future looks like. I have a wide range of professional and personal experience, and I want to use that to serve North Liberty,” Harrington said.
Harrington, 37, works as a Parks and Recreation program supervisor in Iowa City, with a focus on special needs and underserved populations. She also previously served as a site director at Neighborhood Centers of Johnson County.
“North Liberty has a rapidly growing population, and we want to be a community that provides opportunities for all, regardless of race or level of income,” said Harrington. “We need to get serious about issues of accessibility and public transportation in our community and with our neighbors. We need to make sure we are thinking of affordable housing as we grow.”
Harrington also wants to ensure that employers and service providers thrive in North Liberty. She has a passion for promoting small business and grassroots initiatives, and she sees an opportunity for North Liberty to provide even more amenities for residents.
Harrington is the co-founder of multiple programs focused on girls and women of color, and has been recognized by the Corridor Business Journal (2017 Woman of Influence) and the Press-Citizen (10 to Watch for 2019) for her innovation and commitment to service. Harrington’s volunteer service with the North Liberty Parks and Recreation Commission, the North Liberty Unity Coalition and at local events like Servolution and Blues & BBQ have shaped her passion for investing in these community assets.
Originally from Waterloo, Harrington came to Johnson County for school and is a graduate of The University of Iowa’s Therapeutic Recreation program. She and her husband, Willie Harrington, Jr., and their three children, T’Shailyn, Zy’Ail, and JaQuoi, moved to North Liberty eleven years ago.
“We came here because it was a great place to raise our kids, and that’s still very true,” said Harrington.
The special election will be Tuesday, March 12. Early voting should start about two weeks before that date at the Johnson County Auditor’s office. If elected, Harrington would be the first African-American woman on the North Liberty City Council.