Coralville picks newcomer, 2 incumbents for city council

Lundell wins third term as mayor

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CORALVILLE — Council incumbents Tom Gill and Laurie Goodrich held on to their respective seats on the Coralville City Council, while newcomer Meghann Foster — who captured the most votes — joins the five-member council.

Mayor John Lundell, 61, who ran unopposed for a third two-year term, was re-elected. They join Jill Dodds and Mitch Gross on the council.

Foster, 42, an adjunct lecturer at the University of Iowa, brought in 1,083 votes in Tuesday’s election to take the seat left vacant by council member Bill Hoeft, who did not seek another term.

“I’m humbled, and I’m honored that I am able to serve the citizens of Coralville by being on the Coralville City Council,” she said. “I’m excited to build on our strong foundation. I think that we obviously need to focus on our debt, and we need to focus on finding sustainable ways to generate economic growth for the future.”

Gill, 71, a dentist, secured 782 votes in his ninth council election.

Goodrich, 62, co-director of a UI faith-based athletic organization, had 707 votes to win her second four-year term.

Gill said development and managing city finances are priorities for his next term.

“We’re doing great on paying down the debt,” he said. “I’m confident we’re going to be able to weather that and keep moving.”

Goodrich echoed those sentiments, adding that Tuesday’s results affirm that Coralville voters are happy with the community’s direction.

“People like the way Coralville is going and they want it to continue,” she said. “That encourages me a lot. They have confidence in what we’re doing.”

In the coming years, the Coralville City Council will take on continued community development, including the growing Iowa River Landing, several road projects and a massive arena project.

Past development and the use of tax increment financing have brought the city’s debt up to more than $200 million, but the city’s 1997 Coral Ridge Mall tax increment finance district expires soon, providing an estimated $2 million annually to the city budget.

Lundell was first elected mayor in 2013 after serving 10 years on the City Council.

He said he’s confident the new council will be more than able to keep Coralville moving in the right direction.

“We have a lot of infrastructure projects that are going to be in the forefront in the next few years,” he said. “I’m really pleased with the team that I have to work with.”

Candidates falling short in their council bids were Cindy Riley with 496 votes; Elizabeth Dinschel, 369 votes; Miriam Timmer-Hackert, 366 votes; and Imad Youssif, 199 votes, according to preliminary results. Council members are elected at-large and paid $4,600 a year.

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