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LOST issue requires three cities to hold special elections Nov. 4

IOWA CITY– Three Johnson County cities– North Liberty, Oxford and Solon– will have special elections for city offices on the Nov. 4 general election ballot.

Iowa law says that city council appointments last until the next scheduled city election. Because the local option sales tax (LOST) referendum will appear on the general election ballot, the general election is now considered the next scheduled city election.
The Johnson County Attorney and the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office concur in this opinion, according to the Johnson County Auditor’s office.

Recent changes in state law will, in the future, postpone similar elections to the next regularly-scheduled city election, in November of odd years. However, all of the Johnson County vacancies occurred before the new law took effect on July 1.
The recent vacancy on the Iowa City School Board will not appear on the Nov. 4 ballot. The general election is not considered a school election, and under state law, school elections may not be combined with any other elections.

The recent vacancy on the University Heights city council will not appear on the ballot because of the city’s provision for primary elections.

The following offices will appear on the Nov. 4 ballot:
North Liberty

Mayor (3 year term)

Council (3 year term)

Vacancies due to death of mayor Tom Salm and resignation of council member Gerry Kuhl, who was appointed as mayor.

Oxford
Council (1 year term)

Vacancy due to resignation of council member Gary Wilkinson (elected as mayor in 2013 with two years remaining on term).

Solon

Mayor (1 year term)

Council (3 year term)

Vacancies due to resignations of Mayor Cami Rasmussen, who was hired as City Administrator, and council member Steve Stange (appointed as mayor to fill Rasmussen’s seat).

The filing deadline for interested candidates in all cities is Aug. 27. North Liberty offices require 25 signatures on a candidate’s petition. Oxford and Solon each require 10 signatures. Candidates will file with the city clerk in each municipality, not with the auditor’s office.