Run-off Elections Being Decided In Cedar Rapids, Cedar Falls
It’s election day in some areas of Iowa. Voters are going to the polls to cast their ballots in races that weren’t decided when the municipal elections were held earlier this month.
The outcome of today's voting will determine run-off races for mayor and a city council representative in two of eastern Iowa's largest cities.
The run-off election in Cedar Rapids is for mayor, where the two names on the ballot are former television news anchor/reporter Tiffany O’Donnell and Amara Andrews. Both women defeated incumbent Brad Hart on Nov. 2, but neither received enough votes to win the win.
O'Donnell was the top vote-getter in the municipal election, receiving 10,991 votes. Andrews finished second with 7,332 votes, 24 more than Hart. A fourth candidate on the ballot -- Myra Colby Bradwell -- got 411 votes.
Polls in both cities are open until 8 PM. Voters must bring a valid form of identification to their polling site.
In Cedar Falls, the mayor's race features city councilman Dave Sires and incumbent Rob Green, who is seeking his second two-year term. Sires was the top vote-getter in the Nov. 2 election, receiving 3,470 of the 8,714 votes cast. Green finished second in the three-way race, earning 2,417 votes. The third candidate, Tom Blanford, got 2,527 votes.
None of the mayoral candidates in Cedar Falls earned the required 50-percent majority needed to win the race, which forced today's run-off election between Sires and Green.
The Ward 3 city council race is also being decided today in Cedar Falls. Challenger Carole Yates and one-term incumbent Daryl Kruse are hoping to win the seat. Yates defeated Kruse by 49 votes in the general election but didn't get enough support to claim victory.