Laura Bergus to seek at-large Iowa City Council seat

IOWA CITY — An Iowa City attorney has announced her plans to seek an Iowa City Council seat.

Laura Bergus, 38, a lifelong resident of Iowa City and City High graduate, is running for one of two open at-large seats on the council. Bergus is co-owner and managing partner at Hayek, Moreland, Smith & Bergus LLP. Before working in law, Bergus was a municipal employee for the cities of North Liberty and Iowa City. She was also appointed to serve on the Iowa City Telecommunications Commission.

“Local government should be fair, accountable and transparent,” Bergus said in a news release. “I will keep focus on policy and planning, not micromanaging. The role of City Council is to listen to citizens and staff, exercise judgment and discretion, and to set the strategic plan. I will help Iowa City stay on target for a just, sustainable and equitable future.”

Bergus lives in southeast Iowa City with her husband and daughter. She is a founding member of FilmScene’s board of directors, has provided pro bono legal services through Iowa Legal Aid’s Volunteer Lawyer Project, served on the Community Foundation of Johnson County and executive council of 5224GOOD, and has been active with Grant Wood Elementary and the South District Neighborhood Association.

Bergus will kick off her campaign with a public meeting at Big Grove Brewery, 1225 S. Gilbert St., in Iowa City from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on May 9. Voters can also visit her website,

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 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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