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Former Johnston graduate Scott Syroka announces his run for Johnston City Council.

Taylor Siebert and Brooklyn Dilley

Statement released by Scott Syroka:

Johnston, IA – Scott Syroka, 25, announced plans Tuesday to run for Johnston City Council.

Syroka, a 2012 graduate of Johnston High School, returned to Iowa after starting his career with Google in New York City, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. He is currently the owner and operator of the local small business, Next Door Saints LLC.

Syroka said his main priorities if elected are modernizing city government, supporting small business development, and ensuring responsible stewardship of natural resources.

“I’m a ‘sandbox kid’ – I went to Johnston schools from kindergarten through senior year,” Syroka said. “It’d be an honor to give back to the community that invested in me growing up.”

Syroka said he acknowledges potential concerns that he is decades younger than the typical city council candidate, but he points out a track record of getting things done in the community.

He served as co-chair of the Citizens for Quality Johnston Schools Bond Committee that passed and led to over $112 million in K-12 school improvements, led the charge to add a student representative to the school board, founded the Johnston High School Silver Cord Program, and brought together dozens of alumni via Generation Pay It Forward to raise more than $25,000 for Summit Middle School students in need.

“All my life I’ve believed that no one – young or old – needs to wait or ask permission to get involved in creating new visions of what’s possible. All you need is a willingness to start,” Syroka said. “This decision to run is simply an extension of that thinking.”

The city election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 5. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.

To read JHS Black & White’s exclusive interview with Scott Syroka click here.

Disclaimer: The Black & White does not endorse any political candidates. However, it is part of our job to report on relevant and important news, including politics. Scott Syroka contacted the Black & White to do an interview. His opponent will be contacted.