Iowa City Councilor Andrew Dunn announces re-election plans

Councilor Andrew Dunn has officially announced he plans to run for Iowa City’s District C seat, which will be left vacant by Councilor John Thomas.


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Andrew Dunn takes his new seat as councilor and shakes hands with City Attorney Eric Goers during an Iowa City Council special formal meeting in the Emma J. Harvat Hall in City Hall on Jan. 10, 2023.

Isabelle Foland, News Reporter

Iowa City City Councilor Andrew Dunn announced his run for Councilor John Thomas’ council seat, which will be vacant in January 2024.

The city council elected Dunn in January to fill the At-Large seat of former Councilor Janice Weiner, who left the council after she was elected to the Iowa Senate. This term will end in January 2024.

Thomas, the representative for District C, recently announced he would not run for re-election this November to focus more on his personal life.

In an email to The Daily Iowan, Dunn wrote he wishes to extend his time on the council to focus on issues of transparency in government, affordable housing, climate action, racial justice, and good faith growth and development in the city.

“I’m running to finish the work I started,” Dunn wrote. “Since joining City Council, I’ve had the opportunity to organize residents around their shared concerns and protect affordable housing from predatory out-of-state investors. I’ve started projects to increase community sustainability and protect workers, consumers, and renters.”

Dunn has been involved in politics since 2012, working for organizations such as March For Our Lives Iowa, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the State of Iowa Youth Advisory Council. He also ran for a seat in the Iowa House in 2022 but was unsuccessful.

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Currently, Dunn is the second vice chair of the Johnson County Democratic Party, a member of the Iowa City Federation of Labor, a Community Organizer for the Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa, and a legislative aid for Iowa Sen. Claire Celsi, D-Des Moines.

Other council seats that are up for re-election this November are another At-Large seat, currently held by Councilor Laura Bergus, and Councillor Pauline Taylor’s District A seat.