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I am supporting these candidates for Iowa City Council: Kingsley Botchway, Rockne Cole, and Royceann Porter. I’m giving them my support because they will speak with a different voice than we have heard from City Hall today (with the exception of one councilor). They will bring the voices of minority residents, including those of different ethnic and cultural heritage, the disabled, people of low income, and people of all sexual orientations. They will address affordable housing and racial profiling, as well as ensuring that human rights are honored. They will accomplish this by putting constituents’ concerns front stage. Each of the candidates has demonstrated support for listening to the concerns of all people by their activities and actions. They will speak truth to power and eliminate the economic imbalance that has been the status quo at City Hall. I encourage all voters to take the time to learn about these three candidates and join me by voting for them. It is time that the diversity that exists in our community is recognized and honored with a council that reflects the whole community.

Harry Olmstead

Yes on repealing 21-only

I was worried that if the 21-ordinance was repealed, there would be a bunch of 19- and 20-year-olds in the bars, but I learned that It will actually be up to the bar owners as to whether or not they will become a 19 bar or a 21 bar. In fact, only a few bars downtown plan on becoming 19 bars anyway, so I probably won’t run into that younger crowd when I go out.

I decided to vote Yes on Public Measure G on Nov. 5 and welcome our young adults back to the safety of downtown. 

Joey Gallagher

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