WATERLOO — The retired executive director of the Iowa Northland Regional Council of Governments has announced her bid for a seat on the Waterloo City Council.
Sharon Juon, 70, of 1947 Falcon Ridge, is running in the Nov. 7 municipal election for the at-large council seat currently held by Tom Lind, who has not announced whether he will seek re-election.
Juon cited her 25 years of experience leading INRCOG, which included working to bring local, state and federal officials together on major projects, and her long history of volunteerism among her qualifications.
“I believe I am uniquely qualified for this position,” she said. “I love Waterloo; I spent over 30 years working to enhance Waterloo and local governments; and I want to help Waterloo continue its path toward reaching its full potential.”
Before joining INRCOG, Juon has served as vice president of the Waterloo Chamber of Commerce and executive director of the Waterloo Downtown Council.
“In these positions I worked with all levels of government,” she said. “But especially at INRCOG I learned the challenges facing local governments and the tools available to help local officials address these challenges.”
Juon said her initial challenges at INRCOG involved balancing the budget and keeping the doors open. But the programs and membership expanded during her tenure.
“These were all accomplished due to collaboration with many organizations and the dedication of elected officials, citizens and staff,” she said. “I want to help bring that level of cooperation and pride to City Hall.”
Juon has been heavily involved in community organizations, which included chairing the Cedar Valley United Way board and its annual campaign, serving as an original member of the Black Hawk County Gaming Association board and the state Vision Iowa board, co-founding and chairing the Leadership Investment for Tomorrow (LIFT) program, chairing the My Waterloo Days festival twice and chairing the Exceptional Persons Inc. board.
She also chaired the National Association of Development Organizations and the Iowa State University Alumni Association. She has served on Iowa State University’s board of governors.
Juon and her late husband, Dave, moved to Waterloo 40 years ago and raised twin daughters here.
“Now it is time for me to further pay back our debt to this amazing city,” she said.
More information and campaign contact information is available on Juon’s website at www.Juon4Waterloo.com.