Bruce Teague won a decisive victory in the special election for the at-large seat on the Iowa City Council. Teague received 2,277 votes, or 54.3 percent of the total ballot case, according to the preliminary totals from the Johnson County Auditor’s Office.
Ann Freerks, who finished first in the special election’s Sept. 4 primary, garnered 45.3 percent of the vote. A total of 17 write-in votes were also cast.
This was the first time either candidate ran for public office.
Teague, the owner of Caring Hands & More Home Health & Family Services, has lived in Iowa City since he moved here in 1993 at the age of 17.
In an interview with Little Village last month, Teague said, “I believe Iowa City is a great place for people from all different walks of life, and it is the council’s responsibility to ensure that transportation, as well as great relationships with businesses, exist and affordable housing where people can have access.”
He said that too often concerns about how to meet those needs distracts from why it is important to do so.
“Sometimes I think the ‘why’ gets lost,” he said. “And the ‘how’ can remain a challenge to get to, but the ‘why’ drives us to get to the ‘how.’”
According to figures from the auditor’s office, 4,195 of Iowa City’s registered voters, or 9.03 percent, cast ballots in Tuesday’s special election. That’s a slight increase from the primary, in which the voter turnout was 8.68 percent.