Wirin touts experience as incumbent

Incumbent council member Bethany Wirin says she has more work to do for the city of Marshalltown.

Wirin, who has served two terms on council, said she hopes to help move the city forward by reclaiming her at-large seat.

“I really enjoy serving the people of Marshalltown,” Wirin said. “I’d like to be part of the transition team to keep continuity going.”

Wirin said she wants to continue to work to promote economic development, quality of life and community partnerships in town.

“I think we have a really great staff and I think the council has had a great vision,” Wirin said. “The newest projects are the new buildings for the police and fire department. It’d be nice to follow through on some of those projects because that vision has been around for years.”

Wirin said her experience will help.

“I think being able to continue and hit the ground running with my experience will help having a couple new council members on,” Wirin said.

Wirin moved to Marshalltown when she was 8 years old. She grew up and went to school in Marshalltown. She returned home eight years ago after she and her husband had lived in Minneapolis.

Wirin said her full-time job is being a mom to 3-year-old twins.

“I have a slightly different perspective now that I have kids and I am raising a family in town,” Wirin said. “It is different now than it used to be for me. So I like the idea of working for families in town too.”

In addition to being a mom, Wirin said she teaches private cello lessons. She is also a member of Reach Out & Read Marshall County, a co-leader of MUGGS, a local moms group, and serves on the a YMCA-YWCA Heritage Club board.

“I’ve been on council for two terms,” Wirin said. “We’ve done a lot, it’s amazing. We have a new library, new city hall, that’s just scratching the surface.”