I’ve known Monica Vernon and Brad Hart for years. I voted for Vernon for mayor because of her decades of dedication to Cedar Rapids. This dedication lead to her spearheading the creation of the Madge Phillips Center. During her eight years on the City Council, seven of them as mayor pro tem, I saw first hand her dedication to Cedar Rapids.
I worked closely with Vernon to oppose the closing of part of Second Avenue for a medical building. Vernon and I both supported the new facility, but not the closure of any part of Second Avenue. We lost that battle and now most of the downtown road issues can be tied to that decision. You learn more about a person in the battles you lose than the easy victories.
While her fight against the partial closure of Second Avenue earned her my vote, I did not personally oppose Hart until Monday. In June 2014, Hart switched from Republican to Democrat in order to vote for Vernon in the Democratic primary for Congress. Hart knew Vernon would make an excellent Congresswoman and he was right. However, after Vernon earned 10 percent more votes in the recent election, Hart went negative against Vernon in his interview with Todd Dorman. He criticized Vernon as a partisan politician and claimed he wasn’t. Vernon didn’t stoop to Hart’s level. On Monday, I received a push poll, which Hart’s campaign authorized in an effort to denigrate Vernon. Please don’t reward Hart’s dirty campaign tactics.