Partisan politics colors Cedar Rapids mayoral race

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2021 candidates for Cedar Rapids mayor are (from left) Amara Andrews, Myra Colby Bradwell, Mayor Brad Hart and Tiffany O’Donnell. (Submitted photos)

Cedar Rapids’ mayoral race has been splashed with the red and blue paint of partisan politics. This should not surprise anyone.

Iowa’s Republican governor recently told the party faithful to treat this fall’s school and municipal elections just like next year’s midterm general election. Progressive Democrats are pushing back, mobilizing their supporters at the local level.

In Cedar Rapids, progressive groups are backing businessperson Amara Andrews, who is running to become the city’s first Black mayor. Conservative voters are more likely to back Republican Tiffany O’Donnell or incumbent Mayor Brad Hart.

Andrews recently launched a fundraising effort…

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