Former diplomat Janice Weiner announces bid for City Council


Democratic candidate for Iowa’s 37th District Janice Weiner speaks with The Daily Iowan in the Adler Journalism Building on Sunday, June 3. Weiner served as a U.S. diplomat for over 25 years, and was born and raised in Coralville. (Gage Miskimen/The Daily Iowan)

Andy Mitchell, News Reporter

Former U.S. diplomat Janice Weiner announced her campaign for an Iowa City City Council at-large seat on July 22 in a press release.

In the release, Weiner listed tackling climate change as a top priority. Shewants to pass ordinances that would incentivize carbon-neutral construction, renewable energy, and retrofitting. She also said in the release that Iowa City should develop more affordable housing and public-transportation options.

Aside from working 26 years as a Foreign Service officer for the U.S. State Department, Weiner serves on the Shelter House board, the board of Agudas Achim Congregation, and the board of UNA/USA in Johnson County, is a member of the program committee of the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council, and is active in the Iowa Democratic Party.

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“I’m running because public service matters,” Weiner said in the release. “My years as a U.S. diplomat taught me what service and commitment mean. I’m running because I care deeply about this community and its people. I’m running because local government is more important now than ever. It is the incubator of ideas and policies and is the level of government that has the most direct impact on everyone’s lives.”

In the June 5, 2018, Democratic primary election, Weiner ran against Zach Wahls, Eric Dirth, and Imad Youssif for Iowa’s 37th district seat in the state Senate. Wahls won the primary with 59.8 percent of the vote, and Weiner came in second with 34.8 percent.

Weiner will host a kick-off event the week of Aug. 4, according to the release.