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Eau Claire woman announces candidacy for city council


Eau Claire (Press Release)  - Emily Anderson, an educator and author of books for children and adults, has declared her candidacy for Eau Claire City Council in District 2. The seat is currently held by David Klinkhammer.

According to a press release, she returned home to Eau Claire in 2015 in order to be closer to her parents (Pastor Dave and Joyce Anderson), brother Nate and grandfather (Howard Anderson). Anderson says she grew up in District 2, attending Manz Elementary and South Middle School before graduating from Memorial High School in 1997. She left Eau Claire to pursue education in the Twin Cities. She then worked as a writer and teacher in Chicago, Madrid, Spain,  and Lewisburg, Pennsylvania before earning her doctorate in English in Buffalo, New York.

Anderson said she is running for city council because she believes that a healthy democracy depends on ordinary people getting involved.

“I’ve lived in a number of different cities since leaving Eau Claire," Anderson said. "Everywhere (I) went, I was proud to be from my hometown and grateful that I'd grown up in a safe, caring community where I had access to a great education and opportunities to develop my talents. Now, it's my turn to step up and make sure that Eau Claire invests in its people in all stages of their lives: children, families, young people hoping to return to Eau Claire or stay here after college, and seniors.”

Anderson is the third person to announce candidacy for the Eau Claire City Council. Emily Berge announced she will run for the city council seat in District 1. Jeremy Gragert, is running for the District 3 seat.

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