Letters to the Editor

BY DI READERS | OCTOBER 31, 2013 5:00 AM

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Vote Lundell, Gill, and Hoeft

The people of Coralville have an important election coming up this Tuesday. When I step into the voting booth, I am confident and proud of the votes I will cast for John Lundell for mayor and Tom Gill and Bill Hoeft for City Council. Their leadership has been instrumental in our community’s continued growth in spite of the devastating floods of 2008. 

Much has been made of the fear-mongering and outside money that has poured into our town in an effort to buy this election from its citizens. We have money from a few local developers, powerful Des Moines political interests, and a national political-action committee funded by the likes of the Koch brothers (Americans for Prosperity) harassing Coralville citizens with phone calls, aggressive door knocking, and inflammatory direct-mail pieces.

It’s easy to forget how special our community is. My business, Brand Driven Digital, just wrapped the second annual Social Brand Forum at the Coralville Marriott. This is one of the many events that couldn’t take place in Johnson County without Coralville’s continued investment in our region. In fact, many of the most prominent Creative Week events from last week took place at the Iowa River Landing — the very investment in growth that these groups are attacking.

Don’t be fooled by outside interests and spin. Vote Lundell, Gill, and Hoeft on Nov. 5 to continue Coralville’s growth and progress for years to come. 

Nick Westergaard

Vote Lundell

Driving around my lovely town of Coralville, I see a thriving, charming, clean, and well-maintained place. Coralville has cultural opportunities, amenities, and activities that far surpass expectations for a town of 20,000 residents. As I dine in our restaurants and shop in our stores, it is clear that Coralville draws people from all around the area, throughout the state, and beyond. I thank our city’s leaders for this inviting environment.

John Lundell is a valuable member of our city’s leadership team. Through his ten years of service on the City Council and past six years as mayor pro tem, John has gained the knowledge and experience needed to be an effective mayor. In addition to his service on the City Council, John has demonstrated commitment to Coralville as a volunteer firefighter and twenty-year member of the city’s Library Board.

As mayor, John will continue Coralville’s tradition of excellence. He is a collaborator and problem solver, and his style is one of building bridges rather than pointing fingers. I strongly endorse John Lundell for Coralville mayor, and I encourage all residents who care about our lovely town to get out and vote.

Corinne Peek-Asa

The amazing Lundell (to his kids)

Our father John Lundell is running for mayor of Coralville. In the interest of this election, my brother Joe and I would like to share a side of our father’s personality that the public doesn’t get to see. Throughout our lives, our father has demonstrated a love for his community that mirrors the love he has for his family. I cannot count the number of volunteer positions that both he and our mother have held and thus instilled in Joe and I the desire and dedication to serve others within our community. From serving meals at the Johnson County Senior Center every year on Thanksgiving and Christmas to filing sandbags around the city every night in preparation for the flood of 2008, our father works extremely hard to give back to his community in numerous ways.

Despite all his career and volunteer responsibilities, our father maintains time for himself and his family. Dad is an avid woodworker and has made several of the major furniture pieces for our home as well as donating his time and talents for various projects around our church, St. Thomas Moore, and for others in the community. Dad is also an avid gardener and cook and loves his Iowa Hawkeyes. We hope that this letter gives you a glimpse of John Lundell the person and not just John Lundell the candidate — although both are pretty amazing in our book.  

Laura and Joe Lundell

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