CEDAR RAPIDS — Community advocate Dale Todd will run for the open third district seat of the Cedar Rapids City Council, he announced on Wednesday.
Todd, 60, vowed to work citywide to tackle issues contributing to crime, such as poverty and homelessness, and focus on urban planning, neighborhood development and recreation.
“In all honesty, it’s an extension of what I already do today,” Todd said at an announcement event on Wednesday. “I know how to make things happen. I know how to bring people together. I know how to get things done.”
Todd served on the City Council as the parks and public property commissioner from 1998 to 2002 when Cedar Rapids was under a commission form of government.
Todd is a Chicago native who came to town in 1975 to attend Coe College, and later earned bachelor’s degrees in political science and criminal justice from Mount Mercy University. He served on the Wellington Heights Neighborhood Association, and holds the role of vice president of development for the Hatch Development Group, a builder of affordable housing complexes throughout Iowa.
In recent years, Todd has been active in civic organizations. As president of the Friends of Cedar Lake, he has championed the restoration of Cedar Lake into a recreational amenity and the building of the “Sleeping Giant” pedestrian bridge over the Cedar River. As chairman of the Southside Investment Board, a coalition of property owners, he has helped with recovery of and reinvestment in the New Bohemia District after the 2008 flood.
“These are the kind of projects that improve our quality of life, help attract tourists and appeal to employers for workforce development,” Todd said in a statement. “These are game-changers.”
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The candidate filing period began Monday and continues through Sept. 21. The election is on Nov. 7. Incumbent Pat Shey is not seeking re-election. Justin Wasson and Keith Rippy also have announced campaigns. Wade Wagner has dropped out of the race. The third district includes the downtown area, a portion of the northeast quadrant, and the southwest quadrant immediately west of the Cedar River.
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