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Friday, September 18, 2009

John Deeth Blog: Will Iowa City progressives sit this one out?

Excerpted from this post at John Deeth Blog

Under-rated songwriter Larry McMurtry once wrote a song with a chorus
"I'm not from here, I just live here," in which he decries the
aesthetic decline of his adopted town. ... In my early years here,
candidates liked to call themselves "lifelong resident" in their
campaign literature, or if that wasn't possible, advertise a 30-plus
year longevity in town. It was a code word against candidates who
Weren't One Of Us, the Julianna Johnstons and Rusty Martins who showed
up on mid-1990s ballots. Those terms have popped up again in this
year's council race as "Lifelong Resident" Terry Dickens and "32 Year
Resident" Susan Mims face off against students Jared Bazzell, Jeff
Shipley and Dan Tallon. Assuming Dickens and Mims lead the October 6
primary, as seems likely, the November 3 election will be a faceoff
with clear-cut lines. Town vs. Gown for the first time in the 34 years
since Iowa City adopted its current convoluted district election
system.

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