CEDAR RAPIDS — A Cedar Rapids labor union leader announced Friday he is running for one of two at-large seats on the Cedar Rapids City Council, which will be on the ballot in November.
Pat Loeffler, 52, describes himself as a west side small business owner and union business agent. The lifelong Cedar Rapids resident said his experiences in his personal and professional life will help him continue to move the city in the right direction.
“I have had many opportunities to move away throughout the years, but my love and passion for Cedar Rapids has driven me to stay and try and provide for more opportunities for the future of this great city,” Loeffler said in a news release, noting public safety, flood protection completion, supporting local labor and business opportunities as top interests.
Loeffler and his wife, Kymm, own Corner Store Apothecary & More, 1612 C St. SW, and they have three children and there grandchildren. Loeffler, a 1984 LaSalle High School graduate, holds an associate degree from Kirkwood Community College in law enforcement and criminology.
Loeffler belongs to several organizations, including Carpenter’s Local 308 where he has held several leadership positions. He is president of both the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City Building Trades Council and United Labor Alliance, and he co-chairs the Master Facilities Oversight Planning Committee for the Cedar Rapids School Board.
As an epileptic, Loeffler has been active lobbying for legalizing medical marijuana in Iowa.
Linn County Supervisors Stacey Walker, Brent Oleson and Ben Rogers, state Sen. Todd Taylor, and State Reps. Kirsten Running Marquardt, Liz Bennett, Art Staed and Molly Donahue have endorsed Loeffler, according to the news release.
City Council member Ann Poe is seeking re-election to her at-large seat. 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. They have not yet announced their intentions.
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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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