Megan Alter announces bid for Iowa City City Council seat

Megan Early Alter, a manager of test development at ACT, announced Tuesday afternoon that she plans to run for an at-large council seat.


Kate Pixley, News Reporter

A day after Mayor Jim Throgmorton announced that he would not run for a third term,  a new candidate has entered the race for Iowa City City Council.

Megan Early Alter announced her candidacy for an at-large council position Wednesday afternoon at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center.

Alter is currently a member of the board of directors for the Iowa Women’s Foundation and a manager of test development at ACT.

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Alter has previous experience working with the city council, as she currently serves on the Housing and Community Development Committee.

This experience, she said, is what prompted her to run for a higher position.

“People who are often not thought of and need a safety net, that really spurred me to action,” Alter said.

Alter also said that if elected, she hopes to move forward more quickly with transportation overhaul.

“We can and need to do more,” Alter said.

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Her campaign slogan is “Iowa City Forward.” According to a post on her Twitter account, Alter hopes to advocate for affordable housing, accessible transportation, and raise awareness for child care.

“Thanks to everyone who turned out today for my announcement. This is a campaign for every one of us. I am very excited to hear from each of you about what’s next for our community,” Alter said in a Facebook post.

Current Iowa City City Councilor John Thomas announced Wednesday night that he plans to seek re-election.

Thomas, a retired landscape architect, plans to focus on street improvements, affordable housing for low-income residents, and the safety of vulnerable communities.