Elections for city offices in Iowa are non-partisan. During the first Cedar Rapids mayoral run-off forum, Brad Hart’s only criticism of Monica Vernon was she previously run for partisan public office as a Democrat. Hart wants voters to believe that a former candidate for a partisan office is a negative that should be held against them in a campaign for mayor.
By Hart’s logic, Tyler Olson, Rob Hogg, Stacey Walker, and Liz Bennett should not run for Cedar Rapids mayor in the future because they have all run for public office as a Democrat. By Hart’s logic, Mayor Ron Corbett also shouldn’t have run for mayor because he had been a very partisan Republican during his years in the Iowa House of Representatives, including as Speaker of the House, and Corbett remained active in Republican politics while serving as Cedar Rapids Mayor.
Maybe Hart, who is a registered Republican, only thinks running for office as a Democrat should disqualify a candidate to be mayor of Cedar Rapids.
Vernon has the experience, dedication and drive to be a great mayor. I hope voters reject Hart’s negative campaign tactics, and vote for Monica Vernon for mayor.