Cedar Rapids mayoral race heads for November runoff

Published: Nov. 2, 2021 at 10:18 PM CDT
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - The Cedar Rapids mayoral race is headed for a November runoff, with results still too close to call.

Rules require that a candidate receive a majority of the vote, or 50 percent plus one vote, to win the election as Cedar Rapids mayor. None of the candidates cleared that threshold in Tuesday’s election, meaning the two candidates who earned the most votes will face off in a late November runoff election.

Former television anchor and leader of the group Iowa Women Lead Change Tiffany O’Donnell finished first in Tuesday’s election, with 42 percent of the vote, or 10,991 votes. Businesswoman and Advocates for Social Justice leader Amara Andrews was next behind with 28 percent of the votes or 7,332 votes.

Incumbent mayor Brad Hart finished third with 7,308 votes - 28 percent - just 24 votes behind Andrews. Myra Colby Bradwell finished with 2 percent of the vote or 411 votes.

Additional provisional ballots are expected to be counted, potentially changing the candidate O’Donnell will face in the runoff election.

That runoff election will be held on November 30.

The results are subject to a final canvass before becoming official.

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