Government

5 vie for 3 seats on Cedar Rapids City Council election

For fourth seat, incumbent Scott Olson draws no opponents

Cedar Rapids City Hall on the corner of 1st Avenue and 1st Street East. (file photo)
Cedar Rapids City Hall on the corner of 1st Avenue and 1st Street East. (file photo)
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CEDAR RAPIDS — Three candidates are vying for two at-large seats, and a district incumbent has drawn a challenger, in the Nov. 5 Cedar Rapids City Council election.

For the two at-large seats, union leader Pat Loeffler, 53, incumbent Ann Poe, 67, and Jorel Robinson, 32, an employee at GoDaddy and a community advocate, met the deadline for filing paperwork. The other at-large incumbent, Susie Weinacht, is not seeking reelection and has not announced future plans.

Additionally, Sofia Mehaffey, 35, a Horizons executive, is challenging incumbent Scott Overland, 56, a financial services executive, in District 2, which includes parts of the southeast and northeast quadrants.

Scott Olson, 73, a commercial broker, is running unopposed in District 4, which encompasses much of the northwest quadrant and a portion of the southwest quadrant.

Five other seats on the nine-member board are not up for election this cycle.

Conservative activist Gage West had announced his candidacy for an at-large seat in June, but did not file paperwork by the deadline last week, according to the Linn County Auditor’s Office election services website.

In-person early voting begins Oct. 7 and continues through 5 p.m., Nov. 4. Absentee ballot request forms must be received in the auditor’s office, 935 Second St. SW, by 5 p.m., Oct. 25.

Candidate forums are scheduled for Thursday at CSPS Hall, 1103 Third St. SE, for the competitive races. The forum for the District 2 race is set for 6 to 7:15 p.m., immediately followed by the forum for the at-large races from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. The forum for the District 4 race was canceled since Olson does not have a challenger.

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In Cedar Rapids, candidates must receive at least 50 percent of the vote to win without a runoff. In the case where two seats are on the ballot in an at-large race, a candidate must receive at least 25 percent of the vote to win without a runoff. The part-time council position pays $18,391 annually and the four-year terms begin in January 2020.

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