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Voters throughout southeast Iowa will go to the polls on November 7 to fill city council seats and elect mayors. There are contested races in some of the largest cities: Keokuk, Fort Madison, and Burlington.Tri States Public Radio talked to the candidates in these cities about their campaigns and put together an online audio election guide. Hear what the candidates have to say and become informed before you vote.

Election 2017 - Burlington City Council - Michael Elmer (Write-In)

Jason Parrott
Michael Elmer is running as a write-in after finishing outside of the top six in the Oct. 10 Burlington City Council primary.

The October 10 primary narrowed the field of candidates seeking three open seats on the Burlington City Council from 15 to 6. Michael Elmer did not make the final six, but he is running as a write-in candidate. Tri States Public Radio spoke with Elmer prior to the primary.

Elmer has an extensive background in the private sector as a business owner and in sales, including his current job in sales at Carpetland.

He said he's running for the city council to bring up new ideas and get back to the basics: lowering taxes, reducing crime, and making people want to live in Burlington.

Elmer said the city needs to establish firm priorities. He said reopening Cascade Bridge is a priority for him while adding parking spaces downtown is not. He also supports the re-use of the former Apollo School and he questions the need for the recently completed roundabout near the industrial park. 

Elmer said he wants to help bring back the neighborhood feel that Burlington had when he was growing up, encouraging more homeownership as opposed to rentals when possible.

Early voting is underway in Burlington ahead of the November 7 general election.

Jason Parrott is a former reporter at Tri States Public Radio.