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Ryan Hall making second bid for Iowa City Council

Ryan Hall, a University of Iowa junior who is running for Iowa City Council, speaks during a rally in support of low-wage workers on the Ped Mall in Iowa City on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017. A list of 150 Johnson County businesses who have pledged to honor the $10.10 minimum wage, which was voided by the state legislature this spring, was distributed at the rally. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)
Ryan Hall, a University of Iowa junior who is running for Iowa City Council, speaks during a rally in support of low-wage workers on the Ped Mall in Iowa City on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017. A list of 150 Johnson County businesses who have pledged to honor the $10.10 minimum wage, which was voided by the state legislature this spring, was distributed at the rally. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — Ryan Hall has announced he’s running for an open seat on the Iowa City Council.

Hall, a University of Iowa student who unsuccessfully ran for the council in 2017, is running for the opening created by the resignation of Kingsley Botchway II. Botchway, who resigned after accepting a job with the Waterloo school district, was elected to his second at-large council term last year, with a term that lasts through 2021.

A special election is planned Oct. 2.

Hall, who received 41 percent of the vote when he ran last year, said his campaign will focus on affordable housing, action on climate change, bringing a student voice to city governance, and increasing the minimum wage.

He is an environmental planning major, Gender, women’s and sexuality studies minor and is pursuing a certificate in sustainability. He served three years in AmeriCorps as a mentor and tutor, a wildland firefighter and a home energy auditor.

Among those backing his are Johnson County Supervisor Kurt Friese, Iowa City Ccouncil member Mazahir Salih and former council member Karen Kubby.

In his Monday morning announcement, Hall spoke about the need to address housing injustice, raise wages and fight climate change.

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