Election Day in Iowa City: Learn about the candidates and what you need to be able to vote

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City Council candidates Bruce Teague and Ann Freerks share a laugh with a community member following a forum at the Center For Worker Justice. Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. — photo by Zak Neumann

It’s Election Day in Iowa City, and Little Village has been reporting on the sole race on today’s ballot, since the Iowa City Council voted on Aug. 3 to hold a special election to fill the at-large seat left vacant when Kingsley Botchway resigned.

For the convenience of voters, LV has compiled below its profiles of both candidates (complete with video interviews) and information on where and how to vote in the election.

Polls close at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 2.


Ann Freerks wants to apply two decades of planning and zoning experience to the city council

“I feel I have all this knowledge now about not just planning and zoning, but about how the community works and how to get things done,” Freerks said. “How to get four people to agree on something, in order to move forward with an idea or something that needs to happen. Creating consensus, listening to people, respecting everybody as they come forward and try to make sure everybody is heard.”

“The way that transportation, parks, schools, affordable housing, economic development — all of these things are intertwined,” she continued. “I have an understanding of all of that. I thought that there might be a little bit of a need for that on city council.” (continue reading)


Bruce Teague hopes to bring a fresh perspective to the city council, with a focus on accessibility

“I can speak from my personal experience of being a person that needed affordable housing and actually accessed it here in Iowa City, and I know the challenges that brings,” [Teague] said. “I also was a person that received [Family Investment Program] food stamps. And so I know what it means to not have a livable wage and still work two or three jobs.”

He said he can also speak to the needs of small business owners, because he understands the “challenge and opportunities they have in Iowa City.”

“Something we need to do a better job at is actually bringing all the voices to the table, the yeas and nays, and have them sit down and talk,” Teague said. (continue reading)


I Voted Today stickers. — photo by Zak Neumann

ID, oaths and polling locations: Where and how to vote in the Iowa City special election on Tuesday

Registered voters without ID will still be able to vote in elections in 2018, if they sign an oath attesting to their identity. The oath option ends on Jan. 1, 2019, after that anyone who doesn’t produce an approved form of ID won’t be able to vote on Election Day. (continue reading)

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