Letter to the Editor: Local businesses support Conroy, Dobyns, McDonough and Payne in Nov. 3 City Council election

photo by Adam Burke
Local business owners enjoin citizens to “Vote for fresh voices [and] independent thinkers for Iowa City Council” — photo by Adam Burke

By Catherine Champion

Downtown Iowa City is a thriving success story worth celebrating. As proud local business owners and operators, we have contributed to the growth the downtown has seen over the past five years through a modern-day partnership between business owners, landlords, city government and the University of Iowa.

We are self-taxed to create investment in decision-making and we are self-governed with a balanced and thoughtful mix of stakeholders who strive to make decisions that benefit the entire community. We work to build value by creating and strengthening our commercial tax district, which represents 20 percent of all commercial assessments.

We are working together to help strengthen the core of Iowa City — to create a more diverse landscape, build a foundation for long-term success, protect a lively arts and cultural community and foster greater entrepreneurship. We are invested in the community and we want that investment to flourish. Downtown Iowa City is not only the geographic heart of our city; it’s the core business district of our local community and a hub for surrounding townships. It is the front door to new students and parents at the University of Iowa and local colleges and a recruiting tool for these same institutions.

On Nov. 3, we as a community must elect and support leaders who work for the good of the whole. The candidates we support understand the need to fund social services and increase the stock of affordable housing. They understand the need to responsibly manage the city’s finances, grow the tax base and maintain Iowa City’s AAA bond rating. As Mayor Hayek noted in his recent guest opinion in the Press-Citizen, a return to an anti-growth, micromanaging approach to city governance jeopardizes our
city’s financial well-being and its ability to provide services for our most vulnerable populations. We support independent and critical thinkers who will bring a needed breadth and depth of experience to the council. They are not bound together with an agenda, but, as individuals, will bring a balanced approach to council, working cooperatively with fellow council members to manage city business effectively and responsibly.

We support those candidates who are committed to working for the longevity, growth and financial health of Iowa City and we urge our fellow citizens to do likewise on Nov. 3. We support the following candidates for City Council:

Rick Dobyns
Tim Conroy
Scott McDonough
Michelle Payne

Your voice is critical to ensuring that Iowa City’s success story continues, please vote on Nov. 3!

— Catherine Champion, with co-signers as verified by sender:

James Adrian
Gerry Ambrose
Chris Anderson
Steve Ballard
James Bell
Jamie Boling
John Burchert
Dave Carey
Catherine Champion
Connie Champion
Dan Cilek
Joe Clark
Leah Cohen
Jodi Connolly
Thomas Connolly
Jil Dasher
Sheila Davisson
Jason Deppe
Willa Dickens
Kevin Digmann
Bob Downer
Mike Draper
Jean Dwyer
Joe Dwyer
George Etre
Pat Ford
Michelle Galvin
Mark Ginsberg
Peter Harman
James Hayes
Aaron Jennings
Sanjay Jani
Jigna Jani
Nate Kaeding
Cory Kent
Bob Long
Tom Maxwell
Reid McDonald
Adam Means
Marc Moen
Jim Mondanaro
Maureen Mondanaro
Kevin Monson
Joe Moreland
Bill Noser
Bob Noser
Bill Nusser
Mark Pieper
Kelly Pieper
Jack Piper
Jim Rinella
Mark Roemer
Steve Rohrbach
Joan Severson
Paul Smith
Dave Stein
Dick Summerwill
Joyce Summerwill
Alan Swanson
Chuck Traw
Dick Tucker
Mark Weaver
Eadie Weaver
Randy Willman


  1. Don’t build an economy with tax payers money when we aren’t even in a slump here. IC wage earners have seen our cost-of-living and rent go way up, out of touch with the rest of IA. We’re catering too much to out-of-state money. Im voting these TIF-happy councillors out. The business owners will continue to do just fine without giving us a bill.

  2. what is your version of a success story? grow, grow, grow at any expense or, rather, more sensible and sustainable growth that enriches the entire community. this community’s future is in the hands of the voters in a few days and i so hope that your endorsements for city councilors is overwhelmingly rejected and mean, overwhelmingly. one of my brothers, who is a very capable financial adviser, long ago told people/institutions generally vote according to their self-interests, especially when concerning the pocketbook. are the press-citizen’s endorsements for the next city council members somewhat related to pocketbook self-interests for the press-citizen, re the potential for advertising dollars in play? when you cannot even endorse jim throgmorton for re-election, i can only presume the obvious.

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