Coralville Suddenly Caught-Up In Big Time Politics

By Mark Carlson, Reporter


By Kayleigh Milas

CORALVILLE, Iowa - The city of Coralville is attracting national attention after a national group started spending money to criticize their debt.

“Debt reduction, no matter where, is a chief objection of the group,” said Mark Lucas, director of the Iowa chapter of Americans for Prosperity.

The organization is spending an undisclosed amount of money to distribute mailings and make phone calls to residents ahead of Tuesday’s election. The group doesn’t back any particular candidate, but the mailings list potential issues and name three incumbents seeking re-election within city government.

“The incumbents have a poor record when it comes to deficit spending and need to be held accountable,” Lucas said.

Incumbent Bill Hoeft said he was surprised to receive a phone call from the New York Times about the matter.

“I never thought for a minute that when I decided to run I would be interviewed by the New York Times,” he said. “We have a lot to be proud of here, and we’re working to get better every day.”

The organization is critical of incentives at the Iowa River Landing as well as the city’s $280 debt among other issues.

Coralville Mayor Jim Fausett said he’s never seen an outside group attack the city like this in his 36 years as an elected official.

Conversation Guidelines

Be Kind

Don't use abusive, offensive, threatening, racist, vulgar or sexually-oriented language.
Don't attack someone personally. Keep it civil and be responsible.

Share Knowledge

Be truthful. Share what you know and what you are passionate about.
What more do you want to learn? Keep it simple.

Stay focused

Promote lively and healthy debate. Stay on topic. Ask questions and give feedback on the story's topic.

Report Trouble

Help us maintain a quality comment section by reporting comments that are offensive. If you see a comment that is offensive, or you feel violates our guidelines, simply click on the "x" to the far right of the comment to report it.

read the full guidelines here »

Commenting will be disabled on stories dealing with the following subject matter: Crime, sexual abuse, property fires, automobile accidents, Amber Alerts, Operation Quickfinds and suicides.

facebook twitter rss mobile google plus
email alerts you tube hooplanow pinterest instagram

What's On KCRG