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Stacey Walker makes history in home county

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Stacey Walker gets sworn in to Linn County Board of Supervisors. Stacey Walker gets sworn in to Linn County Board of Supervisors.

The Linn County Board of Supervisors welcomed their first African American member today with the swearing-in of Stacey Walker.

Walker was elected for the position on November 8th.

To Stacey Walker the Oakhill Jackson neighborhood is home.

"They used to have a playground here but it looks like it's long since been done away with. Jane Boyd that's where I went to preschool and kindergarten," Walker told us on a walk near his childhood home.

He filled us in on some of the pivotal moments in his childhood.

"We survived on welfare and food stamps and things of that nature. When I was 4-years-old my mom was murdered in Buffalo, New York  and the case was never solved. So I moved in, me and my sister we went to live with my grandmother," Walker told us.

We took a look inside the apartment he grew up in, a place where he says his grandmother cooked many holiday meals.

"You know when they grow up it's going to be important for them to understand that they to have a seat at the table and they have a voice to be heard," Walker told us, referring to kids who are growing up where he did.

There was not an empty seat in the house as Stacey Walker was sworn in this morning, a historic day he and many others won't soon forget.

"I've said Linn County was organized 177 years ago and now nearly 2 centuries later folks that grow up in this neighborhood folks that look like me will be able to see someone who looks like them representing their interest in county government," he says.

Walker told us he is guided by Christianity and the constitution, among many thing he wants to address the poverty that is in some of the core neighborhoods and rural areas.

Walker is a graduate of Cedar Rapids Washington High School and the University of Iowa.

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