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Cedar Rapids election: Overland, Poe and Loeffler win seats on city council, while Merschbrock defeats school board incumbent

Both incumbents running for reelection to the Cedar Rapids City Council won in the combined city-school election on Tuesday, and union leader and small-business owner Patrick Loeffler won an open at-large seat on the council. But it was a different story for the school board. A challenger beat the only incumbent running for reelection by 13 percentage points. […]

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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 Cedar Rapids voters

Browse Little Village’s Iowa City voter guide here. Polls open in the combined city and school election at 7 a.m. on Tuesday morning, and the polls will remain open until 8 p.m. Voters in Cedar Rapids will choose three city council members, and three members of the Cedar Rapids Community School District Board. Cedar Rapids […]

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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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Cedar Rapids school board election: Q&A with Dexter Merschbrock

Dexter Merschbrock, a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service, and his wife, Michelle, bought their current home so their two sons would be able to walk to school. Merschbrock’s older son is in fourth grade at Grant Wood Elementary, and his younger son will start kindergarten there next year. […]

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Iowa City school board election: Q&A with Charlie Eastham

Charlie Eastham wants to bring his longtime experience as a community activist to the Iowa City school board. He retired from Health Care Information Systems at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in 2007, and lives in Iowa City with his wife, Karen Fox. “Our children, now well into adulthood, attended Longfellow, South East […]

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Cedar Rapids school board election: Q&A with Rafael Jacobo

Rafael Jacobo, a business analyst at Verizon, is running for a second term representing District 4 of the Cedar Rapids Community School District. He has lived in Cedar Rapids with his family for more than 15 years. Jacobo has a number of personal connections to the school district. He has two kids currently attending its schools, and his oldest son recently graduated from Washington High. […]

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Cedar Rapids school board election: Q&A with Maurice Davis

Maurice Davis is a program coordinator and business coach for Jane Boyd, a Cedar Rapids nonprofit working to enhance the academic, emotional and social wellbeing of children and families. He’s lived in Cedar Rapids for seven years. While Davis doesn’t have kids or family part of the CRCSD, he is invested in the future of the schools. […]

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Iowa City school board election: Q&A with Lisa Williams

Lisa Williams, an assistant U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Iowa, grew up in Iowa City, attending Horace Mann Elementary and South East Junior High. But that’s not her only personal connection to the Iowa City Community School District. Her husband, Jason Schumann, is a teacher at City High School, where Williams has also […]

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Iowa City school board election: Q&A with Paul Roesler

Paul Roesler is a product of the Iowa City Community School District — from Lucas Elementary to South East Junior High to City High — and is currently vice president of the district’s school board. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Sports Studies from the University of Iowa and has worked at Scheels in Coral Ridge Mall for 21 years, […]

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Cedar Rapids school board election: Q&A with Cindy Garlock

Cindy Garlock was a teacher in the CRCSD for 33 years. Garlock taught at Wilson Junior High, Taft Junior High and Kennedy High. Her daughter graduated from Jefferson High, and Garlock’s husband was also a career teacher in Cedar Rapids. “I have retired from teaching but have continued to be a strong advocate for public education,” Garlock said. […]

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