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CORALVILLE, Iowa - Chris Turner, a University of Iowa professor and researcher, announced recently his bid for a Coralville Council seat, promising he'll focus on more fiscal responsibility for the city.
A Coralville resident since 1996, Turner is also a faculty member in the UI Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders where he has become a leading researcher in his field, including research on Cochlear Implants and hearing aids.
Turner, of 2545 Sage Court, said in a release he supports opportunities for economic growth in Coralville but doesn't think taxpayers should bear the burden of financing such growth. He pledged as councilor to prioritize the city's assets and work to improve the city's financial standing.
Economic growth has been a highly discussed and often debated subject among Coralville residents in recent years, following the city's controversial decision to significantly fund the opening of a Von Maur in the Iowa River Landing area. The city has also seen its bond rating downgraded several times in the past year.
Turner said he will be a "responsible steward" of the city's tax dollars.
"I am fiscally responsible with my own personal finances and with the money granted to me for my research, and you can count on me to watch your tax dollars as City Councilman with that same fiscally responsible determination," he said in the release.
The candidate filing period lasts through Sept. 19 for the November 5 election and Turner is the second council candidate to announce his intention to run following longtime resident, Laurie Goodrich. Local attorney Matt Adams and current City Councilor John Lundell have both announced their candidacy for mayor, after Mayor Jim Fausett's decision not to run for re-election.