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Cedar Rapids election: Overland, Poe and Loeffler win seats on city council, while Merschbrock defeats school board incumbent

Both incumbents running for reelection to the Cedar Rapids City Council won in the combined city-school election on Tuesday, and union leader and small-business owner Patrick Loeffler won an open at-large seat on the council. But it was a different story for the school board. A challenger beat the only incumbent running for reelection by 13 percentage points. […]

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Janice Weiner and Laura Bergus win at-large seats on the Iowa City Council

Janice Weiner and Laura Bergus were elected to the two open seats on the Iowa City Council in the combined city and school election on Tuesday. Weiner, who served as a foreign service officer for 26 years before retiring from the State Department, received 73 percent of the vote. Bergus, an attorney and managing partner of […]

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An Election Day guide for Iowa City voters

Voting in the combined city and school election starts at 7 a.m. on Tuesday morning, and the polls will remain open until 8 p.m. Voters in Iowa City will choose two city council members, and four out of seven members of the Iowa City Community School District Board. Voters must cast their ballots at their designated polling place on Tuesday. The Johnson County Auditor’s Office has an online look-up tool for anyone uncertain of where to vote. […]

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Iowa City Council candidate Laura Bergus on the problem of affordability, the climate crisis and creating the correct process

Laura Bergus is a lifelong resident of Iowa City, and she’s been fascinated by the city council since she was a teenager — her first job was helping to televise council meetings. Now an attorney and managing partner of the Hayek, Moreland, Smith & Bergus law firm, Bergus said she wants to utilize her ability to establish common ground […]

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Iowa City Council candidate Megan Alter on the needs of the south side, equity issues and being a decision-maker

Like many people, Megan Alter first came to Iowa City to attend the University of Iowa. While in graduate school, she got to know the city and after completing her Ph.D., decided to make Iowa City her home. Alter has been active with various community groups for many year, but it was the national election in 2016 that first made her think […]

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Iowa City Council candidate Janice Weiner on her career in the State Department, becoming involved in public service and the issues facing the city

After a career as a foreign service officer for the U.S. State Department, Janice Weiner returned to her hometown of Iowa City and is now running for the city council. Weiner is one of three candidates for the two at-large council seats that will be on the ballot in the Nov. 5 election. Mayor Jim Throgmorton and Councilmember Rockne Cole, who […]

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Friday is the deadline for voter pre-registration and requesting mail-in ballots for the Nov. 5 election

Friday is the deadline for Iowans wanting to pre-register to vote before the Nov. 5 election or request a mail-in absentee ballot. Pre-registration must be completed by 5 p.m. on Oct. 25. Iowa citizens who will be 18 or older on Election Day, and have not been disqualified from voting by a judicial proceeding, can pre-register at the county […]

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Republican State Sen. Mariannette Miller-Meeks launches her fourth bid for Congress, but avoids using the word ‘Republican’

State Sen. Mariannette Miller-Meeks announced on Tuesday that she is running for the U.S. House of Representatives in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District. The Ottumwa ophthalmologist becomes the second Republican in the race for the seat currently held by Rep. Dave […]

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Get on your bikes and ride with Iowa City Council candidates

While question-and-answer sessions are a standard part of an election cycle, actual cycling isn’t. But the two will be combined for the Cruisin’ with the Candidates Bike Ride on Thursday evening, sponsored by Think Bicycles of Johnson County, Bike Iowa City and the Iowa City Bike Library. The event will feature all three candidates for the two […]

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Five Cedar Rapids City Council candidates vie for votes in a race tinged with controversy

The upcoming Cedar Rapids election has two contested city council races on the ballot. Sofia Mehaffey is running against incumbent Scott Overland for District 2. Three candidates are running for two at-large seats: incumbent Ann Poe, Jorel Robinson and Patrick Loeffler. […]

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Three candidates will be on the November ballot for two at-large seats on the Iowa City Council

The field of candidates is now set for the Iowa City Council election in November. Incumbents Pauline Taylor, who represents District A, and District C’s John Thomas are both unopposed, and there are three candidates for the two at-large council seats: Megan Alter, Laura Bergus and Janice Weiner. […]

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