University of Iowa student Ryan Hall announces bid for council
24-year-old to challenge council member Susan Mims
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IOWA CITY — A 24-year-old University of Iowa student announced he intends to run for City Council in November.
Ryan Hall, a junior working toward his bachelor of arts degree in environmental planning, announced Wednesday that he plans to run for the District B seat on council.
Hall will challenge council member Susan Mims, currently an at-large representative, for the seat that’s held by Terry Dickens, who previously told The Gazette he does not plan to run.
“(Mims) was going to run uncontested. So I wanted to at least challenge her, to at least be another option for people to decide in November whether they want someone who’s been in office for two terms already or if they want a new, young progressive voice in City Council,” Hall said.
District B includes precincts 1, 6, 12, 16, 17, 18, 23 and 24.
Hall said his platform issues include promoting racial justice, working toward sustainability and encouraging students and other “disenchanted voters” to be involved in local elections.
“I will surely be analyzed for how young I am and how inexperienced I may appear to be,” Hall said. “We haven’t seen enough young people running or office or getting elected, and I really hope to motivate the students, which are a huge block of our population in Iowa City. And if they become engaged, they can really effect change at the local level.”
Before coming to Iowa City in January, Hall served in the AmeriCorps for three years. He studied at two other colleges and is from the Detroit area.
Council member Kingsley Botchway II, community organizer Mazahir Salih and Iowa City Downtown District nighttime Mayor Angela Winnike have all announced their intentions to run for the two at-large seats on the ballot.
The filing period for the Nov. 7 election is Aug. 14-31. A primary election on Oct. 10 will be triggered if five or more candidates file for an at-large seat or three or more file for District B.
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