Charles City city council candidate forum SUMMARY

With three potential seats on the Charles City city council wide-open, all five candidates participated in a forum at the NIACC Center on Wednesday night to answer questions from their voters.

The first question was: What is your take on the broadband utility in Charles City?

Keith Starr, the only council incumbent running for his spot, tee-ed off the question:


Phoebe Pittman, a Charles City Middle School teacher believes it is essential:


The next question asked was: What will the candidates do to encourage young people to come or move back to Charles City after college?

Phillip Knighten, a tax consultant in town hints the city needs to add two major things:


Later in the forum, the candidates were asked: Do you think our main street and downtown is health and successful? If not, what would you do to change that?

A longtime Charles City local and custodian, Craig Hamm chimed in:


In response to Simply Essentials closing on Main Street in early August, one of the final questions was what strategy the potential council members would advise to bring a meat plant back to Charles City.

Ann Teeter, the fifth and final candidate, preached the simple act of calling around.


The terms for current council members Michael Hammond, Dan Mallaro, and Keith Starr are all concluding on Jan. 1, 2020. 


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