Civil rights activist seeks Iowa City council seat
Priorities include fiscal responsibility, providing essential services
An Iowa City woman who is active in civil rights issues, and who has been critical of Iowa City police, is running for City Council.
Royceann Porter, 47, of 136 Appanoose Ct., said Tuesday she will seek the council's District B seat, in eastern Iowa City, in the Nov. 5 election.
At-large council member Terry Dickens has said he will run in District B, which is currently occupied by Connie Champion. She is not seeking re-election.
Porter said her priorities as a council member would be to have the city provide essential services while being fiscally responsible and to push for community development, affordable housing and living wages for workers in Iowa City.
“I have the knowledge and understanding of what the community needs based upon my own experiences and the experiences of other community members,” she said.
Porter is a case manager at Shelter House and has been involved in a number of governmental and community committees, many of them focused on minorities and the criminal justice system.
She also is a member of Iowa City’s Police Citizens Review Board, and in that role she has at times been critical of the Police Department and the structure of the board itself.
Porter filed a complaint with the board after she was charged with disorderly house in 2011 after police said her 17-year-old daughter’s birthday party was out of control. Porter was found not guilty, and she and her attorney accused police officers of taking action against her because of her comments critical of law enforcement as a member of the Police Citizens Review Board.
Porter is the second of the board’s five members to declare for City Council election, joining Kingsley Botchway II.The filing period for candidates is Aug. 12-29.