CORALVILLE, IA. -- Keeping the same people in office, Coralville voters don't seem to be bothered by the city's $280 million in debt.
Today's record turnout for a city election in Coralville was - to borrow a phrase from George H.W. Bush - a statement of stay the course.
John Lundell, who gave up his council seat to run for mayor, won the mayor chair (Jim Fausett retired) in a runaway with 1,727 votes or 65 percent of the vote. Matt Adam came in a very distant second with 757 votes (27%), Dave Fesler finished third with 119 votes (4%) and West High Senior Logan Strabala finished in fourth with 87 votes (3%). There were nine write-ins.
Voters could vote for up to three in the council race and incumbent Bill Hoeft won over the most folks with 1,576 votes or 56 percent of the vote. Incumbent Tom Gill generated the second highest vote total, with 1,445 or 51 percent.
It will be Laurie Goodrich filling the third and open seat (vacated by Lundell), she received 1,117 votes or 40 percent.
Finishing out of the running were Mark Winkler with 964 votes (34%), former council member Jean Newlin Schnak with 880 (31%), David Petsel with 594 (21%), John Weber with 536 (19%) and Chris Turner with 530 (19%).
According to the Auditor's Office, the voter turnout of 24.36 percent established a new record.