Iowa City council member Susan Mims, who is completing her second term on the city council, announced her decision to run for re-election in November as the representative of District B. In the announcement, she said her focus would be on continuing to improve residents’ quality of life and maintaining the city’s financial stability.
“Continued improvement to the quality of life of all residents is my primary goal,” Mims said in a press release. “This includes not only the basics of public safety and infrastructure, but also the city’s support of nonprofits, the arts, strong neighborhoods and many other priorities. These are services and programs that our residents need and expect. They are critical to our quality of life.”
She said continuing to maintain the financial strength of the city would help to protect services long term, including affordable housing programs, climate action and racial and social justice grants.
Mims highlighted her work with the council, including on the council’s Economic Development Committee, which she chairs, and her role in the recent hirings of the current city manager, city clerk and police chief. Mims served as Mayor Pro Tem for four years and is the council representative to the Johnson County Emergency Communications Policy Board and the liaison to a proposed CIT/Access Center, a facility that would provide a safe space for individuals in crisis and serve as part of jail diversion efforts .
Mims, who has been on the council since 2010, currently serves as one of four at-large council members. Kingsley Botchway II, who is currently serving as Mayor Pro Tem in an at-large seat, will be completing his current term in 2017. He has not yet announced whether he will be running again. At-large members Rockne Cole and Jim Throgmorton end their terms in 2020.
The District B seat that Mims is looking to fill is currently held by Terry Dickens, who has said he does not plan to run for re-election.
Earlier this week, Mazahir Salih, of the Center for Worker Justice, announced her candidacy for an at-large seat.