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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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City council elections 2019: A rundown of the candidates in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids

As Democratic candidates for president endlessly cycle through the state, it can be easy to lose sight of the city council elections happening in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids on Nov. 5. Little Village sent questionnaires to all the candidates in order to offer readers a brief profile of each. […]

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Letter to the editor: Megan Alter will broaden access in an at-large council seat

Iowa City has seen dramatic changes in the last decade. Many of us are proud to see a place we love growing a little more modern. But this growth brings concerns, too, mostly boiling down to one overarching question. Why does it feel like these changes are only for the benefit of a few? We take pride in being an inclusive place, but Iowa City has […]

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Letter to editor: City council is a thankless job. Thankfully, Iowa City has Laura Bergus

I can wax on about policy positions, but that’s what campaign websites and candidate forums are for. So. Let me tell you about Laura, the human I trust. I met Laura more than a decade ago when I was working as a mediator, but I have gotten to know her as a community member and, later, a friend. There is much to wonder at […]

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Letter to the editor: I’m supporting Laura Bergus for Iowa City Council

As early voting at the Johnson County Auditor ramps up this week, I’m excited to cast my early ballot for Laura Bergus for an at-large seat on the Iowa City Council. I have observed Laura as a leader helping area nonprofits drive strategic initiatives, as a pro bono advocate for a client who needs a voice in our often cumbersome legal system, […]

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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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Adopt or shop: The specter of puppy mills looms over local debates about pet stores

How does a dog become a pet? The ways in which an owner may meet their new best friend are as varied as dog breeds, ranging from a meticulous, months-long quest to claim a corgi from a rescue organization states away, to a neighbor casually asking if you want to pick a pup from their mutt’s latest litter. But debates around dog ownership […]

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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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