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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 - Keokuk City Council - At Large - Devon Dade

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Devon Dade is running for one of the two at-large seats on the Keokuk City Council.

Two people are running for an open at-large seat on the Keokuk City Council: Devon Dade and Joe Shuman. Dade said he entered the race because he wants to give back to the city and to help Keokuk move forward.

Dade said he's been active in the community through organizations such as the International Order of Oddfellows Lodge in Keokuk and the local Rotary Club. So he believes running for the city council is the next step in the process.

Dade said one of his top priorities is to restore pride in the city. He said when people start caring more about Keokuk, it will lead to a lower crime rate, an improved appearance of homes and properties, and an overall sense of togetherness.

Dade said he supports the city continuing to fund efforts to address vacant buildings and he would like to see a greater development of local culture, be it through arts, music, and other ventures. He said the biggest challenge facing the city is its streets and how to improve them while still funding other essential services. And he would like to see the city do a better job of revitalizing Main Street and utilizing the riverfront.

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

Incumbent Dan Winn did not seek re-election because he is a candidate for mayor of Keokuk.

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