Bruce Teague and Megan Alter elected to general seats, Harmsen elected to District B to city council
Iowa City Mayor Bruce Teague has been re-elected to the Iowa City Council, joined by newcomers Megan Alter and Shawn Harmsen.
“Iowa City has shown me its appreciation for my service over the past 2 years since 2018 and I think this is a clear indication that I am supported by this community,” said Teague.
Teague and Alter won general council seats, and Harmsen ran unopposed to represent District B, which is currently represented by outgoing councilor Susan Mims.
At 9:08 p.m., with all the reports from the precinct, Teague received 6,740 votes, Alter 5,525 and Glass 2,504, Shawn Harmsen won with 6,222 votes. The vote count is not official pending an official count.
Polling stations were open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and early voting began on October 13.
“I feel amazing,” Alter said in an interview with The Daily Iowan. “I’ve been thinking about it for two years. I remember that night vividly two years ago, and I swore I wouldn’t because I really, really care about Iowa City.
Alter, 51, is an executive at ACT. It was the second time she had run for a council position. She had already lost in 2019 against Janice Weiner and Laura Bergus.
Alter hopes to focus on Iowa City’s southern neighborhood development, police reform, and affordable housing.
Alter has lived in the Iowa City community for 25 years after moving from New York. She is a resident of the South District and attended the University of Iowa. She will occupy the seat of Mayor Pro Tem Mazahir Salih, who was not a candidate for re-election.
Alter was told of the victory by Harmsen as the two hosted an election night party at the Sanctuary Pub. Alter was moved when he heard the results.
“Where I think I can make the most difference is at the political level,” Alter said. ” Where does it take place ? It happens at the city council.
Teague was first elected to council in a special election in 2018 and was elected by the board as mayor in 2020. Early next year, council will vote either to keep Teague as mayor or to select a new mayor.
“I really want to make sure that we do some things with systemic racism, I also want to see a really strong rezoning code really penetrate Iowa City, not just the Southern District,” Teague said.
Teague said he looks forward to working with Alter on the board.
“Megan has really shown our community what service she can provide. She’s been there to do the job, ”said Teague. “I think it’s very important to be there and get the job done. The people of Iowa City saw her and they came out and voted for her to be the next servant here on council. “
The three winners ran on the platform to bring affordable housing to Iowa City. Alter said she decided to run for a second time because of the racial injustice she saw two summers ago. She said the COVID-19 pandemic created social problems in a previous interview with the DI.
Teague has sought re-election to continue the work he started during his first term, he said previously. His campaign focused on climate action and promoting the Black Lives Matter movement. Many supporters of him echoed his campaign message to continue the work he started in his first term.
Teague’s sister Donna James said on Tuesday night at Teague election night that he had always had a passion for helping people, even when he was young.
“He’s very passionate about everything he does, and he cares about our people,” James said.
Join Teague and To modify on the board is new District B city councilor Shawn Harmsen, who ran unopposed.
“I’m super happy for my friends Megan and Bruce,” Harmsen said. “They deserve a lot of credit for making the power of the people, going out, raising money from individual donors, and hammering the sidewalk and the leather shoe campaign, knocking on doors, on thousands of doors in the in the past two months. “
Harmsen is delighted to be working alongside the two new General Counselors, he said. He ran on the platform to make Iowa City fairer.
“Iowa City is a really cool place where people’s power matters more than a paperback,” he added.
Previously, Harmsen served as a campaign manager for Royceann Porter, who won the race for Johnson County Supervisor, and for Mazahir Salih, who successfully ran for Iowa City Council in 2017.
Harmsen is from rural Clinton County. He attended Wartburg College as an undergraduate, earned an MA from the University of Northern Iowa, and a PhD from the University of Iowa.
He now works as a journalism professor at Coe College and has a wife and two children who attend Iowa City public schools.
Glass was the only candidate not to win a seat on the board. In an interview with the DI, Glass said he was celebrating the 2,000 voters who believed in him and his campaign.
“My thoughts haven’t changed,” Glass said. “… I’m proud of the campaign I ran, I was very focused on the issues. But the results are what they are. And I respect the will of the voters.
He said he plans to stay on the Iowa City Human Rights Commission, but did not say whether or not he will run again.
Emily Delgado, Ryan Hansen, Anthony Neri and Sam Knupp contributed to this article.