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Mayoral Candidates Agree Housing is an Issue for Charles City 

Both candidates running for mayor of Charles City agree more affordable housing is needed in town.

Challenger Richard Severin, a 1981 Charles City grad, says the existence of too much “non-market” housing is stunting development.

Incumbent Mayor Dean Andrews, seeking a second four-year term, says the building climate has also made development difficult.

Andrews added that reliable broadband and adding more affordable daycare options as other important issues for the city.

Severin says he also wants to help development along Main Street and improve pay to attract a solid workforce to Charles City.

In addition to the race for Mayor, two at-large seats on the Charles City City Council are on today’s ballot.

They are likely to be filled by DeLaine Freeseman, the lone incumbent seeking for re-election, and newcomer, Patrick Lumley, the only other candidate to file to run.  One of the seats opened up when current Councilman Jerry Joerger decided not to run again. 

Six candidates are also vying today for three positions on the Charles City School Board. Board President Josh Mack is seeking another term, with Kathryn Fox, Claire Jung, Lori Otto, Dr. David Schrodt and Staci Taylor also on the ballot.

The terms of current board members Missy Freund and Scott Dight are expiring this year and both decided not to seek reelection.

Polls for city and school board elections will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

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Mark Pitz

News Director
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