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Ann Poe to seek re-election to Cedar Rapids City Council

City Council member Ann Poe asks a question during a Cedar Rapids City Council meeting in the Council Chambers at City Hall in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
City Council member Ann Poe asks a question during a Cedar Rapids City Council meeting in the Council Chambers at City Hall in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — Ann Poe will seek her third term on the Cedar Rapids City Council, she announced Monday.

Poe, 66, executive director of Hawkeye Downs, holds one of three at-large seats on the nine-member council. The term is for four years.

“I love Cedar Rapids,” Poe said, who was first elected in 2011. “This is my hometown, and I want to keep the momentum going.”

Poe, who chairs the City Council’s development committee, identified securing federal aid for east-side flood protection, overhauling the zoning code, and economic development in Kingston Village and the NewBo District as highlights of her most recent term.

In many cases, more work remains, she said. She said she would like another term to push for flood protection on the west side, continue progress on street repairs particularly in older neighborhoods, growing affordable housing and a trained workforce, and bringing to life eight acres of prime downtown real estate once reserved for a casino that’s now being called First and First West.

“I feel like there’s still progress to make,” Poe said.

Gary Streit will be her campaign treasurer. Linda Seger, Mike Wyrick and Jim and Barbara Vancura are co-chairs of her committee.

Poe is the first candidate to declare intentions to run. Four Cedar Rapids City Council seats in total are up for election this year.

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The terms of Susie Weinacht, who also holds an at-large seat, Scott Olson in District 4, and Scott Overland in District 2 also expire at the end of 2019.

Weinacht, Olson and Overland have not yet announced their intentions.

The filing period to run is Aug. 26 to Sept. 19. Voter preregistration deadline is Oct. 25, and the election will be Nov. 5.

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.

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