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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 - Fort Madison City Council - 2nd Ward - Bob Morawitz
Bob Morawitz is running for city council in Fort Madison's 2nd Ward

Two people are running for the Ward 2 seat on the Fort Madison City Council: Incumbent Brian Wright and challenger Bob Morawitz. Morawitz believes his willingness to listen to residents and his common sense approach make him the best person for the job.

Morawitz said he's considered running for a seat on the city council for years but always chose not to for a variety of reasons, instead serving on local boards and commissions. He said this time around, he chose to file his paperwork to join the city council.

Morawitz said the difference this time was several decisions made -- or not made -- by the city council, including what he described as a lack of support for the historic battlefield site near Dollar General, and moving ahead with the reconstruction of the 27th Street intersection near HyVee, something he felt was not necessary at this time.

Morawitz said some of his top priorities are to see the city do a better job of promoting tourism opportunities, such as Old Fort Madison in Riverview Park, and to maintain public safety and public infrastructure.

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

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