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Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401
PEOSTA — The mayor of Peosta in Eastern Iowa has resigned just days ahead of an election is which he is the only candidate on the ballot.
Mayor Jim Merten submitted a resignation letter to city officials Tuesday, citing “recent and unexpected changes in my life” that would keep him from serving, the Telegraph Herald reported. He did not go into further detail.
Merten will appear on the ballot Tuesday for another four-year term and was running unopposed.
Council member and Mayor Pro Tem John Kraft will temporarily step into the mayoral role until there is a permanent solution.
Merten was first elected in a special election in January 2020.
Peosta is about 65 miles north of Davenport.