by Jack Mayne
Luisa Bangs is now a member of the Des Moines City Council following a unanimous vote Thursday.
Bangs will fill out the remainder of the term of resigned member Jeanette Burrage and will face election for a full term in November. Her opponent will be Alexander Szabo, a member of the city’s Human Services Advisory Board.
Deputy Mayor Matt Pina moved her nomination.
“In my opinion, the leadership evidenced and the cooperative style evidenced, I would like to move forward with the nomination of Luisa Bangs to the vacant Council position,” Pina told the Council. He was seconded by Councilmember Melissa Musser.
“With that, Luisa Bangs is a new member of the Des Moines City Council,” said Mayor Dave Kaplan.
After she was sworn in, Kaplan told her, “You’re stuck now,” to general laughter.
Wanted short, long terms
Bangs had said earlier she would campaign for both the short term completing Burrage’s term, and then for the full, four-year term.
“I have lived in Des Moines for 15 years and just celebrated my 30th anniversary working at Sea-Tac Airport for the Port of Seattle, in many leadership positions,” she told the Waterland Blog in April. “The past four years I served on the Des Moines Arts Commission, working to bring and sustain art and music to our city.
“I have decided to run for a seat on the Council because I believe I can make a significant impact in our community. There is great potential in our community and I believe we need to keep the city moving forward supporting responsible economic development, strengthening public safety and improving our schools for future generations.”
She said earlier she has been “ honored to receive endorsements from the following: Des Moines Mayor Dave Kaplan, Des Moines Mayor Pro-Tem Matt Pina, Councilmembers Melissa Musser, Vic Pennington and Jeremy Nutting.
“Knowing Des Moines’ potential to be vibrant, welcoming and an economically viable city, I am rolling up my sleeves and enthusiastically joining the race to make a difference. While I know there are a lot of challenges ahead, I believe there are a lot more opportunities.”