In English

I’m vice-member of the City Council and member of the green political movement. My husband Mikko is software designer. We live in Tammela in a communal house and have two school-aged kids. Currently I work as project manager in a speech therapy company. My previous employers include an IT startup, the university of Tampere and the student union (see LinkedIn). I like to orienteer, cook, take care of our community garden, play board games and ride my bike around the year. Our family has previously been very active in CouchSurfing, we’ve hosted plenty of foreign travellers from all over the world and it’s been a great experience. Recently I’ve been actively involved in Refugees Welcome movement, helping asylum seekers to find native host families to live with, and hosted a couple of families. I’ve learnt much about our society and this city from a non-native citizen perspective, and want to use this knowledge in the decision-making.

My background as a politician is in student politics. In the beginning of my studies I volunteered in subject organizations and at the student union. Eventually I got a job as a secretary for academic affairs. My job involved matters concerning higher education, university administration, employment and well-being of students. I’ve also been representing students as a board member at the University of Tampere. These jobs and positions of trust have taught me a lot. I can handle administration, strategical thinking, management and budgeting. I’ve also seen how important it is that people can take part in decision-making. It was important to get student’s voice heard, but I also came to realize that many people need someone to speak for them much more than students do. So now I’d like to use my skills to make the world a better place.

I’ve been involved in local politics over ten years. I’m vice-member of the city council and member of the committee that makes decisions about secondary education and enhancing employment and entrepreneurship in Tampere. Previously I’ve been chair of the board of Tampere water, and member of the board of Tampereen vuokra-asunnot (a company that provides rental apartments). I’ve also been involved in local green associations, election campaigns and volunteering. I’m interested in promoting education, human rights, good administration, knowledge society, usability of public services and well-being of people. I prefer to negotiate, but my most important principles and values are not for sale. It’s typical for me to study all matters carefully before making decisions and to use clear argumentation. I’m also good at listening to people and coming up with ideas of how to solve their problems. If you want to know more about me, my goals or opinions (there’s lots of material available in Finnish, but unfortunately I can’t translate it all), don’t hesitate to ask! I also hope people to propose their ideas of how to make the society a better place. All kinds of feedback is most welcome, too. My email is johanna.roihuvuo@fixel.org, you can also send me a Facebook message.

NB! Check also the municipal election programme of the Green party.

Who can vote? How? Where?
Yle News: A really simple guide to Finland’s 2021 local elections
Justice Ministry: Plain language: How to vote in the elections
City of Tampere: List of voting areas and voting places in Tampere (if you are not sure where to vote, you can just go to the nearest listed voting place with your ID and ask them to check)