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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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Letter to the editor: Vote Christine Ralston for Iowa City Council

I met Christine while she was a professional mediator. I watched her skillfully navigate tough disputes by guiding meaningful conversations. What struck me first was how well Christine listens: without an ego or a personal agenda, but with deep care and compassion. Since then, I’ve worked with Christine on other projects, especially in her art, her support of local nonprofits and as a champion of recent UI graduates. My experiences show Christine is more than just a smart person who listens well. […]

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Letter to the editor: Vote Ryan Hall for Iowa City Council on Sept. 4

Ryan Hall ran a credible campaign for Iowa City Council last year as he came close to defeating an incumbent councilor. For the past year, Hall has continued to actively advocate for affordable housing, energy efficiency and a bus system to better accommodate second shift workers and those with special needs. He is now a candidate for city council in the Sept. 4 primary, and he has my vote. […]

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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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Letter to the editor: Brianna Wills, candidate for Iowa City Council, is a born leader

When I first met Brianna Wills in 2013, she impressed me with her keen understanding of the inherent relationship between education and housing in our community. She never shied away from asking tough questions or standing her ground in a spirited discussion, but she was always interested in finding genuine solutions to problems.
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Letters to the editor: Vote Brianna Wills in the Iowa City Council special election

Brianna Wills works tirelessly for her community through a variety of service groups. Whether she is delivering Meals on Wheels, or serving as Parent Teacher Student Organization vice president or president, co-president for the Districtwide Parents’ Organization or the keynote speaker at Dance Marathon, Brianna is committed to making the lives of those around her better. […]

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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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Iowa City launches online survey to get public input on next year’s budget

The calendar on the wall may say 2018, but fiscal year 2019 started on July 1 — as fiscal years always do — and planning is already underway in Iowa City for FY 2020. The city has posted an online survey to get public input on what the spending priorities should be in its next […]

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Ryan Hall and Brianna Wills declare as candidates in the Iowa City Council special election

Three days after the Iowa City Council voted to hold a special election to fill the at-large seat left vacant when Kingsley Botchway resigned, there are now two candidates in the race: Ryan Hall, a University of Iowa undergraduate and member of the Iowa City Board of Adjustment, and Brianna Wills, the executive director of […]

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Iowa City Council schedules special election to fill empty at-large seat

The Iowa City Council voted unanimously on Friday morning to hold a special election to fill the at-large vacancy created by Kingsley Botchway’s resignation. The election’s date will be Oct. 2, and the Johnson County Auditor has estimated its cost as $30,000. State law limits how a city council can fill an empty seat to […]

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Iowa City Council will meet on Friday to decide how to fill vacant seat

The Iowa City Council will hold a special meeting on Friday to decide how to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Kingsley Botchway. Council members will have two options, either appoint someone to fill the at-large seat or schedule a special election and allow voters to decide. If the council decides to fill […]

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Kingsley Botchway quits the Iowa City Council

Iowa City Council at-large member Kingsley Botchway II submitted his resignation to the Iowa City Council at the council’s meeting on Tuesday. The resignation took effect at end of the meeting. “I’ve been blessed and honored to be a city councilor in Iowa City for the last five years,” Botchway said in a prepared statement […]

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