WATERLOO | A retired John Deere worker who serves on numerous volunteer boards will be seeking a City Council seat.
Jerome Amos Jr., 60, of 119 Ricker St., announced his plans to run in the Nov. 3 municipal election for the Ward 4 council seat currently held by Quentin Hart, who is leaving the post to run for mayor.
"I'm looking at the things going on in the community and, after listening to Quentin talk about his vision for the city, I thought we were on the same page," Amos said.
"With some of the knowledge I've acquired over the years, I think I'd be well-suited to address some of the problems going on in the community," he added. "When I say problems, I'm referring to the violence, but we need jobs also."
Amos and Chris Schwartz are the two candidates to date who've announce their bids to run in Ward 4, which includes the northeast quadrant of the city.
Amos is a lifelong Waterloo resident and East High School graduate who retired July 1, 2010, after working 33 years at John Deere. He was a member of the United Auto Workers during his employment and served on the UAW Local 838 civil and human rights committee.
He is currently working as a CNC instructor at Hawkeye Community College's Metro Center, teaching necessary job skills to the new workforce.
Amos was a member of the Iowa Workforce Development board from 2006 through April 2011, including two years as chairman; a member of the Iowa Energy Sector Partnership in 2010; a past chairman of the Waterloo Commission on Human Rights; and is a current member of the city's Civil Service Commission.
He served on the Waterloo Neighborhood Economic Development Corp., chaired the Black Hawk County Citizens Advisory Council, was a member of the Black Hawk County Solid Waste Allocation Board and served on selection panels to hire the city's police chief and human rights director.
Amos ran for the at-large City Council seat in 2011, losing to incumbent Councilman Steve Schmitt.
He's been married to his wife, Leoda, for 42 years and has four grown children.