Open City Council Seat - Your Vote Counts!

Iowa City voters will be able to cast their vote for one of two city council candidates, Ann Freerks or Bruce Teague, at the special election that will be held on October 2nd.  The ICDD has reviewed their campaigns against the organization’s advocacy and distributed information for public consideration that can be found below.

Meet the Candidates

Ann Freerks

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

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.

Candidate Strengths Chart

Ann Freerks

Alignment with ICDD Advocacy - 71.41%

Bruce Teague

Alignment with ICDD Advocacy - 63.70%

Nine downtown stakeholders of the ICDD, guided by the District’s legislative committee, scored the two candidates for the special City Council election against the ICDD’s advocacy statement.  Four specific questions were posed to Anne Freerks and Bruce Teague and the scoring above shows the Legislative Committee’s compilation of the answers to these questions, their cumulative scores, and information from interviews with the ICCD.  The committee encourages ICDD membership to read the questionnaire answers and look at the matrix and scores provided.

The committee had many discussions about the highly valued, yet differentiated experience and attributes of each candidate.  Bruce Teague brings business and entrepreneurial experience, a fresh perspective to local government, and creates broader diversity amongst our elected officials. Ann brings deep experience in neighborhood preservation, planning and development issues, and historic preservation.  She has been a part of the local government for almost two decades in the details of planning and zoning and may not be able to “zoom out” to become a policymaker.

Both candidates offer value for working towards ICDD goals. Whoever wins this election will be sworn in within days of the election and will begin their 3 years on council.  Please take the time to consider both candidates and be sure to vote on Tuesday, October 2 at your regular polling place.


Friday, Sept. 21: City Election- voter pre-registration deadline and the deadline to request mailed ballots, 5 pm. Registration and in-person early voting still available after this date using election day registration procedure.

Thursday, Sept. 27: Early voting at the Iowa City Public Library for one day only between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm.

Monday, Oct. 1: Last day for in-person early voting for city council election.

Tuesday, Oct. 2: City Election. Polls will be open at regular polling places from 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

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