RED OAK - A former Nebraska City economic development leader is running for mayor in Red Oak, Iowa.

Shawnna Silvius, who served three years as the Montgomery County Development Corporation’s director, is currently an economic development planner with the Metropolitan Area Planning Agency.

She is a former marketing coordinator for the River Country Economic Development Corporation in Nebraska City. She was a leader for the Nebraska City Community Improvement Program in 2009.

In 2011, Nebraska City officials recognized Silvius for her role in developing the Leadership Nebraska City program.

Silvius listed high-speed Internet and addressing Red Oak’s housing needs, as well as building the economic development team, as top priorities in her run for the mayor’s office.