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Full Q&A: Cedar Rapids mayor and Iowa gubernatorial candidate Ron Corbett

Conference replay: listen to the full, in-depth interview

    Oct 23, 2017 at 11:47 am

    What's on Ron Corbett's mind? 

    Everything from infrastructure and flood protection ("we've been making progress, piece by piece,") to demographics (Iowa is the only state that hasn't at least doubled in population since 1900), to economic development incentives ("a company like Toyota, I think you have to be extremely aggressive,") to Cedar Rapids' use of speed cameras ("If you believe in local control...you ought to believe in allowing cities to use enforcement tools, technology, to enforce the laws,") to the ongoing bid for a local casino ("the criteria the commission looks at hasn’t changed since three years ago,").

    In other words, a lot. 

    At Iowa Ideas 2017, September 20-22 in Cedar Rapids, Corbett sat down with The Gazette's executive editor, Zack Kucharski, for an in-depth conversation on these and more topics.  

    Corbett has been mayor of Cedar Rapids since 2009, and announced in December 2016 that he would not seek reelection. In June 2017, he officially launched his campaign for governor. Previously, Corbett served seven terms in the Iowa House, including as its speaker, and then worked as president of the former Cedar Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce and in the private sector. 

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