Two races in Cedar Rapids will go to a runoff election because candidates did not get 50 percent of the vote plus one to win.
Former city council member Monica Vernon and local attorney Brad Hart beat out six other candidates vying for the city mayor spot.
Justin Shields and Ashley Vanorny will also compete in a runoff election for City Council District 5.
The District 5 Cedar Rapids City Council race is headed to a Dec. 5 runoff after top vote-getters Ashley Vanorny and incumbent Justin Shields failed to garner more than 50 percent of the vote Tuesday.
Vanorny, 32, received more than 43 percent of the vote — 919 votes — while Shields, 75, got more than 40 percent — 859 votes. A third candidate, Keith Wiggins, received more than 15 percent of the vote.
City government allows citizens the greatest opportunity in modern politics to feel that our representatives not only know us, but if they don’t, they are willing to talk to us, hear our concerns and answer our questions. When I had some concerns about a city project in our neighborhood, the progress of the development of a planned city park and the walkability of our neighborhood and couldn’t reach anyone to listen to me, I contacted City Council District 5 Candidate Ashley Vanorny. She immediately responded and came to our neighborhood to learn more.
The business community should vote for me because I will work hard to support them. Cedar Rapids is home to a wealth of talented craftsmen and skilled citizens. I will make sure that Cedar Rapids is accessible for entrepreneurs by designing the regulatory environment to help small businesses open safe and quickly without creating any unnecessary regulatory burdens, but by offering regulatory assistance workshops.
Over the past 30 years, I have known many families with union ties. The Vanorny family is one of them. Ashley Vanorny is the daughter one of my union brothers, the late IBEW member Dan Vanorny. She has decided to run for Cedar Rapids City Council. It would be a great asset to our city to have such an intelligent, involved individual as one of our representatives.
It’s easy to get frustrated with city government. We all have ideas for little fixes — improvements that could give us that extra ounce of Cedar Rapids pride — yet it often feels like the folks making decisions are distracted by anything but implementing such low-hanging fruit.
Cedar Rapids and the west side has been my home my entire life.
After getting involved in servant leadership after college, I started reaching out to my representatives with hopes of engaging them in the conversation. When I didn’t see their presence on these important issues in our community or even get a response from them, I decided I would come to them.
New faces are up against a three-term incumbent, who’s seen the city through the flood and a post-flood resurgence, in the District 5 race for Cedar Rapids City Council. The field is made up of two millennial-aged challengers — Ashley Vanorny, 32, an IT analyst, and Keith Wiggins, 34, a businessman. They are trying to unseat Justin Shields, 75, a retired Quaker Oats worker who was first elected in 2005.