WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) - New Frontier Action hosted the first of their local government town hall events with Waterloo Mayor Quentin Hart.
A majority of Mayor Hart's talking points is the response to COVID-19 so far on the federal and state level. The ongoing pandemic heavily impacting communities of color and rural residents.
Mayor Quentin Hart first spoke on businesses during the pandemic and how getting PPP to them is imperative to keep small businesses alive.
"We also have to make sure that the businesses that are actual businesses that might not fit in those categories are able to get services, too," Mayor Hart said.
Mayor Hart continued on Waterloo Tyson Pork Processing Plant's coronavirus outbreak last spring, saying how local leaders received push back for implementing COVID-19 mitigation methods.
"You wouldn't believe the negative criticism that come from people, and come from state officials. When we were just merely trying to slow the spread of this virus, but we did what we needed to do to take all precautions," Mayor Hart said.
Mayor Hart touched on the new administration entering the White House. Hart addressed the need for more assistance to local government and diverse communities like Waterloo.
"I'm hoping now and coming forth that there's more direct revenue and to people, and local government," Mayor Hart said.
Mayor Hart also spoke on Iowa House U.S. District 1 Rep. Ashley Hinson. Hart hopes she will listen and attend to the needs of Iowans within her first district.
New Frontier Action plans to have similar town halls in another 25 Iowa counties.