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Charles City Mayoral Candidates Meet in Forum Tonight

The first of two candidate forums sponsored by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and the Charles City Chamber of Commerce tonight features the two mayoral candidates.

Incumbent Dean Andrews is seeking a second four-year term and is being  challenged by Richard Severin, a 1981 Charles City grad who moved back to town about a year-and-a-half ago. They will be the featured candidates in tonight’s forum from 7 to 8 p.m. at the NIACC Center. Patrick Lumley and incumbent DeLaine Freeseman, running for the two open seats on the City Council, will also be included.

A second forum Thursday night from 7 to 9 p.m. features six candidates vying for three seats on the Charles City School Board. Current Board President Josh Mack is the lone incumbent seeking re-election, along with Kathryn Fox, Claire Jung, Lori Otto, David Schrodt and Staci Taylor also running.

The forums will be conducted without a public audience due to COVID safety concerns, but the forums can be viewed on Facebook Live through the Chamber’s Facebook page at Chuck Town: Charles City, Iowa. Rebroadcasts will also be available on the Public Access Network website at

Voters can submit questions for the candidates by emailing up until 7:30 p.m. for each night of the forums.



Mark Pitz

News Director
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