Elections

Cedar Rapids mayor race ends (or, rather, continues) in a runoff: Vernon versus Hart

Cedar Rapids mayoral candidates (from left): Kris Gulick, Brad Hart, Gary Hinzman, Scott Olson, Tim Pridegon, Jorel Robinson, Lemi Tilahun and Monica Vernon at the start of a mayoral candidate forum in Whipple Auditorium at the Cedar Rapids Public Library in southeast Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017. The forum was sponsored by the Hawkeye Area Labor Council and the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
Cedar Rapids mayoral candidates (from left): Kris Gulick, Brad Hart, Gary Hinzman, Scott Olson, Tim Pridegon, Jorel Robinson, Lemi Tilahun and Monica Vernon at the start of a mayoral candidate forum in Whipple Auditorium at the Cedar Rapids Public Library in southeast Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017. The forum was sponsored by the Hawkeye Area Labor Council and the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — Update: Clear your calendars, we’ll be having another vote for Cedar Rapids Mayor.

With no candidates reaching the necessary 50 percent of the vote, the top two vote getters, Brad Hart and Monica Vernon will face of on Dec. 5 to see who will be the next mayor of Cedar Rapids. Of the two, Vernon had more votes with 5,352 in total and 30.3 percent of the vote, while Brad Hart edged out Scott Olson by 64 votes to finish second with 3,593 votes.

Results are subject to a final canvass before being official. More results can be viewed at our elections results page.

 

Previous coverage:

Eights candidates are vying for an open Cedar Rapids mayor seat.

The winning candidate needs more than 50 percent of the vote, but with so many candidates in the race election officials are expecting a runoff. This would be a contest between the two candidates with the most votes on Dec. 5.

The race drew a lot of interest once Mayor Ron Corbett — who was handily elected in 2009 and re-elected in 2013 — announced he would not seek a third term. Corbett is running for the GOP nomination for governor.

Mayoral candidates include Kris Gulick, a certified public accountant and District 1 City Council member; Brad Hart, 61, a business lawyer at Bradley & Riley; Gary Hinzman, 70, a former department of corrections director; Scott Olson, 71, a commercial broker and District 4 City Council member; Tim Pridegon, 61, a pastor; Jorel Robinson, 30, a productivity specialist at GoDaddy; Lemi Tilahun, 27, a clothing retailer with a background in political activism; and Monica Vernon, 59, a businesswoman and former City Council member.

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