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Letter to the editor: Don’t forget the disabled on Oct. 2

On Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, vote Bruce Teague for Iowa City Council. With Bruce, you get the first member of Iowa City Council devoted to helping the disabled. We are all disabled visibly or invisibly, or will become so eventually in our lifetime due to aging. And we all need/want affordable and accessible housing. […]

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Letter to the editor: No excuses, Iowa City. Show up to vote.

Apparently 90 percent of the eligible voters in Iowa City forgot that yesterday was the day to vote for the vacant city council seat. Or maybe the five minutes it took to vote early for weeks now at the Johnson County Administration building was just to long of a wait. Really? For a county that holds itself out as an example to all other counties in Iowa, this is embarrassing to say the least. Iowa City, a city that prides itself on its social activism and political involvement. A city whose citizens constantly pontificate that they want to be leaders in legislation and want a transparent government and active participation. […]

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Letter to the editor: Finally a city council candidate that represents the disabled

By Mary Gravitt, Iowa City Bruce Teague, if selected on Sept. 4 and elected on Oct. 2, 2018, will be the first member of the Iowa City City Council to represent the disabled. He will provide additional balance on the council. For years, problems facing the physically disabled have been disregarded in Iowa City. This […]

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Candidates in the Iowa City Council special election discuss their views at League of Women Voters forum

The council chamber was full on Wednesday night for the League of Women Voters (LWV) forum for candidates in the special election to fill the vacant at-large seat on the Iowa City Council. All five candidates — Ann Freerks, Ryan Hall, Christine Ralston, Bruce Teague and Brianna Wills — participated, answering 10 questions, one from […]

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Letter to the editor: Christine Ralston supports downtown Iowa City

I own a plant shop downtown called Moss. I chose to locate my business in downtown Iowa City because I believe in this vibrant, walkable, urban space filled with unique local businesses, art and culture. In my view, downtown is the city’s most important asset and Christine Ralston is the best candidate to advocate for policy ensuring its health and vibrancy. […]

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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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Letter to the editor: There are five qualified candidates for Iowa City Council, but Bruce Teague stands out

Bruce Teague has started several businesses in Iowa City aimed at helping persons. He is sensitive to the needs of people. His priority issues: human rights, transportation and inclusion. As Bruce explained at the first candidate’s forum: A Human Rights City identifies the needs of all its citizens and build its budget to address those needs. A Human Rights City recognizes the worth of each and every citizen. All persons are valued.

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Letter to the editor: Why Iowa City needs Bruce Teague on the city council

By Nolan Petersen, Iowa City There is no shortage of opinions about the upcoming city council election in Iowa City, but it seems there is a gap in the conversation: the identities of the candidates. With the field of candidates that is 80 percent white to fill a seat previously held by a black man, […]

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Letter to the editor: Ann Freerks is committed to the quality and future of our town

In my 33-year career as a city planner I served in cities across the country: from Midland, Texas to Kansas City, Missouri to Windsor, Connecticut and Iowa City. I worked with scores of planning commissioners who volunteered enormous time for their cities’ betterment. Of all of these, Ann Freerks impressed me as being the most dedicated and thoughtful. […]

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Letter to the editor: Christine Ralston has what I want in an elected official

I intend to vote for Christine Ralston for Iowa City City Council. It took Christine less than five minutes at the farmers market to convince me that this brilliant and inquisitive soul, that I have grown to appreciate as a friend over several years, was the right person for this job. Our conversation included her briefly sharing her sensibilities about certain policies (her support for a higher minimum wage, her perspective on the use of TIF). […]

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A very short early voting period for the Iowa City Council special election primary has begun

Early voting for the Sept. 4 primary in the Iowa City Council special election began on Wednesday, and voters will be able to cast an in-person vote at the Johnson County Auditor’s office through Friday, Aug. 31. Requests for mail-in absentee ballots for the five-candidate primary must be received by the Auditor’s office no later […]

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