Megan Alter to seek at-large Iowa City Council seat

IOWA CITY — A longtime Iowa City resident has announced her candidacy for City Council.

Megan Alter, a manager in test development at ACT, announced her bid for an at-large seat Wednesday.

“She is running to be part of the council that builds Iowa City’s future today,” Alter’s campaign said in a news release. “While the current council has made good progress on issues affecting a rapidly growing city, Megan wants to be bolder in order to build a more inclusive and equitable city.”

Alter, 49, has lived in Iowa City since 1995, when she came to the University of Iowa to complete her graduate studies. She taught at the UI as a visiting professor in the Department of English and the Sexualities Studies program. She lives in the South District with her husband and two children.

Among her community activities, Alter is involved with the South District Neighborhood Association and the Black Voices Project. She also has been a Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters for five years and is on the board of the Iowa Women’s Foundation.

“These experiences have shaped her perspectives on social and economic justice and the need to pitch in and step up,” Alter’s campaign said in the news release.

Two at-large seats will be contested in this year’s Nov. 5 election. Those seats are held by council member Rockne Cole and Mayor Jim Throgmorton, who announced Tuesday that he will not seek re-election. Iowa City Council members earn $7,259.20, but their salaries are set to increase to $11,960 in 2020.

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