Past candidate running again in Coralville

Laura Goodrich has lived in Coralville for 30 years

Laura Goodrich
Laura Goodrich

CORALVILLE – A longtime Coralville resident is taking another shot at winning a seat on the City Council.

Laurie Goodrich, of 2109 Abbie Ct., announced this week she is running for City Council.

She also was a candidate in 2009, coming in fifth with three seats up for grabs.

She said she’s running again because she loves the town and hopes to get more people interested in city government.

“I feel a responsibility now to give back to a community that has invested so much in us over the years,” she said in a statement. “I want to see seniors, young families and all those in between continue to enjoy services they have grown to expect, as well as find economic security in sustainable projects and growth. I want to make wise decisions for our community.”

The city’s financial practices have received increased scrutiny the past couple of years, including its use of tax increment financing and its continually dropping bond rating. In an interview, Goodrich said that she believes the current and next council will address the city’s debt and that financial health is “one of the biggest issues that Coralville faces right now.”

Goodrich, 58, has lived in Coralville for 30 years. She was a part-time administrative assistant for the city from 1998 to 2007 and has been active in  many city and community activities.

Since 1984, she also has worked for the  local chapter of Athletes in Action, a Christian sports ministry where her husband, Jim, also works.

Three of the City Council’s five seats  and the mayor’s office are up for election. Current board member John Lundell has already announced he is running for mayor, with longtime Mayor Jim Fausett not seeking re-election.

The candidate filing period lasts through Sept. 19.

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