Saturday, August 29, 2009

University Heights election

University Heights election looks hot

University Heights, the geopolitical island on Iowa City's west side. looks to have its hottest city election in ages this fall.

Development and re-development issues at the St. Andrews Church site and Olive Court, and apartment vs. home owner questions, seem to be driving the action. The neighborhood pot has also been stirred to some extent by the Roosevelt School closing.

Incumbent mayor Louise From faces a challenge from former school board member Alan Leff, who was also the UHeights city attorney until recently.

In the race for five two year council terms, all five incumbents - Andrew Dudler, David Giese, Stan Laverman, Brennan McGrath, and Amy Moore - are running again. Former council member Patricia Yeggy is attempting a comeback after two years off. The four first-time challengers are Zlatko Anguelov, Michael Haverkamp, David Pedersen and Larry Wilson.

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