15 people are running for three open seats on the Burlington City Council. The Oct. 10 primary election will narrow the field from 15 to six ahead of the Nov. 7 general election. Tri States Public Radio spoke with the candidates ahead of the primary, including Jeff Stivers.
Stivers said he’s thought about running for the city council for years and decided this would be the right time. He said he has a good feel for what residents are facing thanks to his job working at Aaron’s and his time owning a cab company.
Stivers said he’s glad to see the property known as the Manor being developed with a couple new restaurants and businesses operating or being built.
He would like to see something done to reopen Cascade Bridge, which has been closed for years to vehicle traffic, and he questions whether there was a need for the recently completed roundabout given other infrastructure needs.
Stivers said he would like to see the city put fewer restrictions on developers, and he would push for the addition of a family event in Burlington, similar to Keokuk’s City of Christmas light display.
Early voting is underway in Burlington ahead of the Oct. 10 primary election.