(Iowa City, IA)- October 6, 2023- Thank you to City Council candidates Laura Bergus, Andrew Dunn, Josh Moe, Mandi Remington and Mazahir Salih for their response to the Iowa City Downtown District and interest in serving the Iowa City City Council. The Iowa City Downtown District invites the public to take a look at a review of the candidates and the District’s Advocacy Statement.  The ICDD provides leadership on a range of issues impacting the downtown community. Our work includes welcoming public spaces, drawing cultural, business interest, and visitors, and shaping the downtown landscape through strategic initiatives. Advocacy is an important tool for this work, especially in this rapidly developing economic hub of the community.

While the ICDD does not directly endorse any candidate, we recognize the importance of actively participating and engaging with potential community leadership. For this reason, we sent a questionnaire to council candidates in order to gauge their individual policy goals and their alignment with the District’s advocacy. A committee of ICDD stakeholders was formed to evaluate the responses to these questionnaires and package this information for distribution to the public. This information, candidate responses, alignment and strengths assessment can be found on the ICDD Advocacy page with more information about the candidates. The highlights from this review of candidates’ strengths is below in this email.

*Please note, Councilperson Pauline Taylor was contacted, but she did not submit a response.

Citizens in Iowa City District A can vote in the Council Candidate Primary Tuesday, October 10, 2023, by 8 pm.

The Iowa City community can go to polling locations to vote on Tuesday, November 7, 2023, by 8 pm.

Early voting for the November 7th election begins Wednesday, October 18, 2023, at the auditors office (913 S. Dubuque Street, Iowa City).  Absentee ballot requests must be received by October 23, 2023.  For more information, please contact the Johnson County website.


Executive Director, Iowa City Downtown District
Betsy Potter

The Iowa City Downtown District is a non-profit organization that provides a leadership directive for the District mission and serves as a mechanism to implement District-wide marketing, programs, events and projects to the benefit of the community. Since its inception in 2012, the Downtown District continues to forge an exciting and deliberate path forward towards cultural vibrancy, resiliency, and sustainability of Downtown Iowa City.