Rick Dobyns announces intention to run for re- election

BY BILL COONEY | MARCH 25, 2015 5:00 AM

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City Councilor Rick Dobyns announced Tuesday he will run for re-election as the District A representative on the Iowa City City Council.

Dobyns was elected to a four-year term in 2012 that ends in January 2016.

“My enthusiasm to serve the residents of Iowa City has grown in the three years I have served in that position,” Dobyns wrote in an email. “I'm confident that I have contributed to the positive changes that have occurred while maintaining progressive elements that make Iowa City a coveted place to work, live, and play.”

District A covers southwestern and southern Iowa City.

Dobyns is a University of Iowa clinical professor of family medicine.

Councilor Jim Throgmorton, who will run as an at-large candidate for re-election, said Dobyns brings valuable knowledge and experience to the City Council.

“Rick, being a doctor, has a great background in medical and health,” Throgmorton said. “I always listen very carefully when Rick talks on health-related matters.”

Dobyns is also a very pragmatic city councilor, Mayor Pro Tem Susan Mims said.

“Councilor Dobyns is very thoughtful. He really evaluates all sides of an issue before making a decision,” Mims said. “He’s a quick study, he’s always well-prepared, and he’s really inquisitive about matters he’s not familiar with.”

Dobyns votes with the consensus of the City Council in most matters, Throgmorton said.

“This can be a good thing or a bad thing at times; it just depends on the issue,” Throgmorton said. “Overall, I think Rick brings a variety of strengths to the City Council that often are assets.”

Dobyns is enthusiastic about economic development in the area but also focuses on social issues, Mims said.

“I think he brings a compassion that comes naturally with being a doctor,” she said. 

Throgmorton has already announced he will be seeking re-election, but will be switching from District C representative to an at-large seat.

Since Throgmorton’s announcement, no candidate has publicly announced her or his intention to run for the District C seat.

Councilor Michelle Payne is the only other current member who will be up for re-election; she has not stated whether she will run again.

Mayor Matt Hayek has said he will not seek another term as mayor in the upcoming election, previously telling The Daily Iowan he wanted to spend more time with his family.

Iowa City resident Rockne Cole is the only non-incumbent to announce his intention to run for an at-large seat. Cole previously ran in the 2013 council election but failed to obtain a seat.

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