To my knowledge, Dirk Hillard would be Iowa's only Deaf elected official if he wins a seat on the Davenport City Council. -promoted by Laura Belin
My name is Dirk Hillard. I am running for city council for Davenport’s 8th Ward.
I have lived in the ward for ten years while working for the Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center on the Rock Island Arsenal. I am familiar with my neighborhood, this city, and our region. I know the good things about living in Davenport as well as the challenges our city faces, such as public safety, infrastructure, and economic development.
I am a native of Colorado, and I attended the National Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. Having lived in different parts of the country, I also have a good perspective of what has and hasn’t worked in other places.
Finally, I have an uncommon personal story that has given me a unique perspective. I am Deaf, as is my wife (Monica) and both of my children (Sammy and Camilla).
Working to raise and support a family is challenging for everyone, but being Deaf adds extra challenges to nearly everything. I attended Rochester because it is the only technical school for the deaf in the world. To ensure my children receive the best opportunity possible, I have to send them across the state every week to attend school in Council Bluffs. As a candidate, engaging voters through door-knocking, meet-and-greets, and fundraising comes with difficulties that most other candidates don’t encounter. I have to work hard and make difficult decisions.
I believe this experience has given me an ethic and perspective that will me a thoughtful leader. I know firsthand that we can overcome our obstacles if we believe and work hard. I also know the benefits and possibilities that come with embracing our diversity and making ourselves a welcoming community.
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