To the editor:
As we enter the home stretch of this year’s city council election in Iowa City, I join with other folks who have expressed concern about the increasingly negative, divisive and dark tone the campaign has taken.
The perfect antidote is Rockne Cole, who is one of the sunniest and nicest guys in town. I worked with Cole at his law firm for two years after I first moved to Iowa City. I have seen him defend the rights of immigrants, fight to ensure that city codes are properly enforced and gracefully handle cases where the court appointed him to represent criminal defendants. At every step of the way, he was unfailingly warm and collegial to his opponents as well as his allies. I’ve seen him mentor students at the university and welcome newcomers to town with that same warmth. It’s not for nothing he’s the guy with the sunflower on his yard signs. I look forward to seeing his positive attitude on the city council.