Cedar Rapids City Council: Hoeger, Todd, Olson prevail - District 5 remains undecided

Only one incumbent is in the running

Downtown Cedar Rapids on Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)
Downtown Cedar Rapids on Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — Update: The only incumbent up for election in the Cedar Rapids City Council race has found himself, much like the mayoral race, in a runoff election.

Incumbent Justin Shields (859) actually finished with 60 fewer votes than challenger Ashley Valorney (919), but since neither candidate hit the 50 percent threshhold, there will be a runoff election Dec. 5 to decide the winner of District 5.

The other races, featuring a bevy of newcomers, were more straightforward.

Marty Hoeger triumphed in District 1 with 1,773 votes.

District 3 was won by Dale Todd with 2,632 votes.

And the At-Large candidate Tyler Olson won with a total of 9,393 votes.

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


Previous Coverage: Eleven candidates — 10 of whom are newcomers — are vying for four open seats on the Cedar Rapids City Council.

The only incumbent in the race is Justin Shields, who serves as mayor pro tem and is seeking his fourth term representing District 5. Other candidates for District 5 are Keith Wiggins, 33, a businessman and U.S. Army veteran, and Ashley Vanorny, 32, an internet technology analyst at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

The three candidates for the District 3 seat are Keith Rippy, 66, chief executive officer of Area Ambulance Service; Dale Todd, 60, regional director of development for Hatch Development Group; and Justin Wasson, 29, a small-business owner. Incumbent Pat Shey did not seek re-election.

Marty Hoeger, 45, business development manager for Graham Construction, and Ryan Russell, 36, operations manager for LimoLink, are running for the District 1 seat that represents the northeast side of Cedar Rapids. Current District 1 council member Kris Gulick chose not to seek re-election, but instead is running for mayor.


Those seeking the city’s open at-large seat are Damian Miguel Epps, 45, pastor at Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church; Lisa Kuzela, 45, a citizen watchdog and former Cedar Rapids school board member; and Tyler Olson, 41, a solar energy executive and former figure in statewide Democratic politics. Current at-large council member Ralph Russell did not seek re-election.

Winners will join at-large council members Susie Weinacht and Ann Poe and Scott Overland, who represents District 2. Scott Olson, in District 4, also is running for mayor, but if he is not elected to that position, his seat on the council is safe.

The part-time city council position comes with a salary of about $17,693. The four-year terms begin on Jan. 2.

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