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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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Bruce Teague hopes to bring a fresh perspective to the city council, with a focus on accessibility

Since coming to Iowa City in 1993, city council candidate Bruce Teague has built a successful business and become an active participant in the community affairs. But none of it would have happened if he’d been better at chemistry in high school. […]

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Early voting for the Iowa City Council special election has begun

In-person early voting for the special election to fill the vacant at-large seat on the Iowa City Council began on Wednesday. Voters wanted to cast an absentee ballot can do so at the Johnson County Auditor’s Office–913 S. Dubuque Street in Iowa City—Monday through Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The last day for in-person early voting will be Monday, Oct. 1. […]

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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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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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