The ICDD provides a voice for downtown businesses, non-profits, cultural entities, and residents.
The Iowa City Downtown District provides vision, leadership, and influence on a range of issues impacting downtown. Our key priorities include fostering welcoming public spaces, drawing business interest and visitors downtown and shaping the downtown landscape. Please refer to our advocacy in these areas of work.
Open City Council Seat - Your Vote Counts!
The City Council consists of seven members; four represent the City at-large and three represent districts. City Council member Kingsley Botchway II resigned in July 2018 leaving an opening on the Iowa City Council. The at-large seat vacated by Botchway has a term through 2021. At-Large Council candidates are nominated by eligible electors (a person 18 years of age and residing in Iowa City). District candidates are nominated by eligible electors within their respective districts. Because of Botchway’s absence, it takes four votes to pass when a simple majority is required and six to pass when a supermajority is required with the current six-person council.
Five city council candidates will run for the open seat. Early voting for the Sept. 4 primary in the Iowa City Council special election has begun. Voters will be able to cast an in-person vote at the Johnson County Auditor’s office through Friday, Aug. 31. Five city council candidates will run for the open seat. The top two vote recipients of the primary will proceed to the polls on October 2, 2018.
September 4, 2018
October 2, 2018
Meet the Candidates
The following provides an overview of council candidate and their responses to the ICDD advocacy questionnaire.
Ann Freerks served on the Iowa City Planning and Zoning Commission for 17 years as well as the City’s Historic Preservation Commission where she helped create the first Neighborhood Conservation District in the state. She is a former President of the Longfellow PTA and Neighborhood Association. Freerks is currently a Creative Coordinator in the office of Strategic Communication at the University of Iowa. In addition, she is also a member of the Any Given Child Advisory Committee of the Iowa City Community School District.
Bruce Teague is a member of the Iowa City Chamber of Commerce, Iowa City Noon Day Rotary, Target Small Business, Olmstead Task Force on Aging, Mental Health & Disabilities Advocate, AARP (Past Chapter President) IC Compassion/Immigration BIA Center (Steering Committee and Past Chair), Johnson County Livable Community (Committees included Task Force on Aging, Housing, Caregivers, Transportation), Cleaning 4 A Reason, [and] LGBTQ community.