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CR Mayor Corbett Seeks Second Term

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- The last time Cedar Rapids elected a mayor was shortly after the floods of 2008. Voters turned to current Mayor Ron Corbett to lead the city.

Corbett announced Monday that he is running for a second term.

Corbett believes he listed well over the past four years, but still made tough decisions when necessary.

He said he is the guy to lead Cedar Rapids in another term.

"I hope the voters will grant me the opportunity to serve four more years," Mayor Corbett said.

Corbett is unchallenged so far. Still, he's making his case, citing strides in public and private investments to develop Cedar Rapids.

He also said under his watch, unemployment dropped to 5.1 percent.

"We haven't seen those levels since recession," Corbett said.

"I'm tickled that he's going to run again," council member Chuck Swore said.

Swore said Corbett has been a great leader and promotes teamwork within the council.

The election is still well out. Swore expects more people to join the race too.

"Something that if they can do better, and if they can, then doggone it, we need them," Swore said.

Corbett said to expect a traditional campaign either way, as he plans to push for continued development and improvements to residential roads.

"I'll work hard over the next six months to earn people's respect, and hopefully, their vote," Corbett said.

Corbett said another priority will be to sell city-owned land in the flood zone. He said that will create construction jobs and put more properties back on the tax roll.
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