Iowa City, University Heights city election ballot takes shape
No run off elections triggered
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IOWA CITY — The ballots for both Iowa City and University Heights’ Nov. 7 city elections are finalized for now.
Both cities had a filing deadline of 5 p.m. Thursday and candidates have until 5 p.m. Tuesday to withdraw. No runoff elections were triggered in any of the mayoral and council races.
University Heights residents also will see a ballot measure concerning hotel/motel taxes, which will require 50 percent to pass.
The other Johnson County cities have a filing period through September 21.
In Iowa City, two at-large seats and the District B seat are all up for grabs on the seven-member council. All three terms are four years.
Current Mayor Pro Tem Kingsley Botchway II ,as well as community organizer Mazahir Salih,and Iowa City Downtown District Nighttime Mayor Angela Winnike are running for the two at-large positions. Current at-large council member Susan Mims and University of Iowa student Ryan Hall have thrown their hats in the ring for District B, which includes precincts 1, 6, 12, 16, 17, 18, 23 and 24.
In University Heights, all five council seats and the mayoral position are up for reelection every two years.
Current appointed Mayor Louise From is the only listed candidate for University Height mayor while there are 10 residents running for city council.
The University Heights candidates are:
• Erin Crocker
• Nicholas Herbold
• Noah L. Hughes
• Jason Humphrey
• Dorothy Dotti Maher (current council member)
• Leisa Moore
• Silvia M. Quezada (current council member)
• Melissa B. Roberts
• Kip Sheldon
• Jerry Zimmermann (current council member)
The ballot measure is as follows:
Shall the City of University Heights, Iowa impose a hotel and motel tax as provided by Iowa Code ch. 423A at the rate of seven percent (7%) effective January 1, 2018, upon the gross receipts from the renting of any and all rooms in any hotel, motel, inn, or public housing lodge and direct that fifty percent (50%) of revenue from this tax be used for the promotion and encouragement of tourism-related activities in the City and surrounding areas as provided by Iowa law.
The remaining revenues from this tax shall be directed as follows: a) Ninety percent (90%) for neighborhood housing and infrastructure revitalization, including road repairs, neighborhood stabilization, and parkland or greenspace acquisition, maintenance, and operation; and b) Ten percent (10%) for any lawful purpose.
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