Final Cedar Rapids mayoral forum focuses on candidate visions before Nov. 30 runoff election

Amara Andrews, Tiffany O’Donnell participate in televised forum before city decides next mayor

Two rivals largely set aside friction over partisan differences to focus on their visions for making the city better when sharing their final pitches to voters in a forum ahead of Cedar Rapids’ Nov. 30 runoff that will decide the city’s next mayor.

Marking a shift in tone from previous public appearances in a Tuesday night forum, TrueNorth employee Amara Andrews called herself “progressive” but did not tout being a registered Democrat. Meanwhile, Women Lead Change Chief Executive Officer Tiffany O’Donnell stayed the course and hammered in on her commitment to keeping the role of mayor nonpartisan.

The two mayoral hopefuls emerged as the top two vote-getters from a pool of four candidates in the Nov. 2 election, neither getting the necessary 50 percent plus one vote needed to avoid a runoff, but both defeating incumbent Brad Hart — who has endorsed O’Donnell as his successor.

The two candidates participated in a forum at the downtown Cedar Rapids Public Library hosted by KCRG-TV, the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance and the Hawkeye Area Labor Council.

Andrews, a registered Democrat, said a person’s party affiliation speaks to his or her values and policies the person might support.

Describing her politics as “progressive,” Andrews said, “I consider myself to be very forward-thinking when it comes to issues of social justice and climate change.”

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