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Bruce Teague wins the special election for Iowa City Council

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 […]

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

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. […]

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

Ann Freerks arrived in Iowa City because she was willing to challenge something she considered unfair. While a student at a small high school in rural northern Iowa, she learned about a full-tuition scholarship to the University of Iowa. But there was a problem: the scholarship was only available to men. She wrote a letter […]

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Letter to the editor: Vote Anne Freerks for Iowa City Council

In my 20-plus years working in local government, I learned that there are certain attributes you want in a city councilor. Someone on the council needs to have a vision for the future of the city. A councilor should be someone who is always prepared to address an issue by studying the material they are given and listening to information and opinions that are presented to them. Someone who will ask questions and ensure there is an answer. Someone who has an open mind. Someone who is thoughtful. Someone who will make a decision based on their sense of what is in the best interest of the larger community.

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Ann Freerks and Bruce Teague advance to the run-off in the special election for Iowa City Council

Ann Freerks and Bruce Teague will advance to the run-off in the special election to fill the vacant at-large seat on the Iowa City Council. Freerks received 1,062 votes, or 26.9 percent of the 3,964 votes cast in Tuesday’s primary, and Teague received 20.6 percent, according to the preliminary vote totals published by the Johnson […]

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Letter to the editor: Ann Freerks will hit the ground running

I heartily support Ann Freerks for City Council. Many times I saw her in action on the Iowa City Planning and Zoning Commission — a volunteer commission that she served on for 17 years, and chaired for eight. With thorough analysis beforehand, she posed thoughtful questions of every proposal. She listened closely to all perspectives. And she was not afraid to ask for more — more information, more consideration of the people impacted, more rethinking on behalf of the community at large. […]

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City council candidates discussed core values at the first forum before Iowa City’s special election

Voters got an unusual opportunity to hear political candidates discuss the personal things that inform their public policy proposals during a forum at the Mill on Monday. All five candidates in Sept. 4 primary for the special election to fill the empty at-large council seat — Ann Freerks, Ryan Hall, Christine Ralston, Bruce Teague and Brianna Wills — participated in the forum organized by Daniel Boscaljon, as part of his new series of public discussions of important issues, Coffee with Dan. […]

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First candidate forum for the Iowa City Council special election will have a unique format

It’s only appropriate that in a somewhat unusual election, the election’s first candidates forum would also be somewhat unusual. So, instead of the audience submitting questions and candidates reciting answers, the candidates will be asking questions and listening to answers of people attending the forum at The Mill on Monday. […]

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Ann Freerks enters the race for the open Iowa City Council seat

Ann Freerks announced on Thursday she is running for the vacant at-large seat on the Iowa City Council. Although it’s Freerks’ first run for public office, she’s no stranger to city government. Freerks, who has lived in Iowa City for 33 years, served on the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission for 17 years. Before that […]

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