Cedar Rapids Leaders Endorse Hart for Mayor

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As reported in the November 29 issue of The Gazette, former Mayor Kay Halloran, former councilmen Tom Podzimek, Don Karr, Chuck Wieneke and Jerry McGrane have announced their endorsements of Brad Hart for mayor, along with current councilmen Ralph Russell and Justin Shields. Former Mayor Halloran said, “I’ve sat in that Mayor’s chair and understand what it takes. Brad Hart has the integrity, leadership and compassion to serve our community. His commitment to Cedar Rapids is second to none. He’s the candidate with the experience to fix our streets, control the budget, create jobs and push forward with flood protection. I’m proud to support Brad Hart for Mayor and encourage everyone to cast their ballot for him. In addition, former councilmen Podzimek added, “Brad Hart has the knowledge, discipline, and experience to lead our city into the future.”

Reiterating his support for Hart, Ralph Russell added, “For me, the choice is easy. I will be voting for Brad Hart. I’ve known Brad for many years and can attest to his vision, foresight and dedication to the community. The things that stand out to me are his ideas on how to deal with our affordable housing shortage, as well as his commitment to infrastructure, namely the need for flood control on both sides of the river and the need to fix the streets.”

Hart added “It’s an honor to have such a diverse group of city leaders put their trust in me. All these people understand what it takes to be an effective leader and their endorsements show that I’m the best choice for Mayor. The support from this group also demonstrates I can bring together people from different political views toward the common goal of moving Cedar Rapids forward.”

Council Members Shields and Russell Endorse Hart for Mayor

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As reported in the October 31 issue of The Gazette, Cedar Rapids City Council members Justin Shields and Ralph Russell have announced their endorsements of Brad Hart for mayor.

Justin Shields said, “after considering all the candidates, including several I have worked beside, the choice is clear–Brad Hart is the best person to serve as our next mayor of Cedar Rapids. His priorities on streets, jobs and investment in ALL of Cedar Rapids are important. Brad has a passion and cares deeply for our city. Please join me in voting for Brad Hart, a proven a leader who will serve our entire community as our next mayor. I look forward to working with Brad to keep Cedar Rapids moving forward.”

In his endorsement, Ralph Russell added, “We will soon be electing a new mayor for Cedar Rapids from eight candidates, many of whom are familiar to Cedar Rapidians. For me, the choice is easy. I will be voting for Brad Hart. I’ve known Brad for many years and can attest to his vision, foresight and dedication to the community. He will bring new ideas and new energy to many of the things the Mayor and Council will deal with in the next four years. The things that stand out to me are his ideas on how to deal with our affordable housing shortage, as well as his commitment to infrastructure, namely the need for flood control on both sides of the river and the need to fix the streets.”

Russell concluded, “The job as mayor requires leadership and vision. Leadership is action, not position! Brad will take action; clearly define his vision and how we can achieve that vision. Several of the candidates speak primarily about one issue that is important to them. Others tout their service on the Council.  No one is better prepared to serve as Mayor than Brad Hart.”

Hart added, “It’s an honor to have the support of Councilmen Shields and Russell. Justin and Ralph know better than anyone what it takes to be a good mayor because they have worked with Mayor Corbett for many years. Momentum is building for my candidacy. The voters of Cedar Rapids have responded to my message of streets, investment for all of Cedar Rapids and making sure we get our fair share from Des Moines and DC.”

Brad Hart talks career, volunteering, run for Mayor

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I had the opportunity to talk with KGAN’s Iowa in Focus host Kevin Barry recently about key issues and how I would handle them as mayor. As I say in the interview, in my work as a business attorney, I have to be an analytical problem solver every day helping my clients find the best solutions for their issues. I believe this along with my volunteer experience leading a host of community organizations over the years uniquely qualifies me to lead the City Council as mayor.

View the video by clicking here.

Leaders, Believers, and Achievers

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I recently met Al O’Bannon, the executive director of the LBA (Leaders, Believers, and Achievers) Foundation. The LBA Foundation supports youth in our community with educational and athletic resources focused on six pillars—leaders, education, goals, achievement, character and youth. The organization works with young people to help them find their purpose and gain access to the necessary tools to achieve success.

Al invited me to visit his LBA team and the middle school students participating in the program at Roosevelt Middle School on a Tuesday evening in late April. I spoke to the students about my career path and my current effort to become the next mayor of Cedar Rapids. The students asked some terrific questions, including, of course, “how much do you make as a lawyer?” They also asked questions about why I would want to be mayor, what inspired me to do this and why I think I can be a good mayor. It was fun to watch the students make their brief presentations at the beginning of the class and to talk with them during and afterward. Thanks to Al and his team for their great work guiding and building leaders for our future. Thanks, too, to the students for sharing some time with me.

Celebrating Our Cultural Diversity

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Brad Hart and Mayor Ron Corbett attend the first annual Community Cultural Celebration and Expo at the Cedar Rapids Public Library

Jade and I attended the first annual Community Cultural Celebration and Expo held at the downtown Cedar Rapids Public Library on Saturday—and what an event it was! The well attended event was sponsored by the Library and the Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission with the goal of spotlighting the diversity of our community. (more…)

Local Politics

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Brad Hart for Cedar Rapids Mayor

Thank goodness for local politics. During yet another time when the federal and state political scene is, to say the least, turbulent, we can be relieved to know that those serving on our City Council, including the mayor, can and should do so on a non-partisan basis. (more…)

Why am I Running for Mayor of Cedar Rapids?

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Brad and Jade Hart - Cedar Rapids

Why I am Running for Mayor of Cedar Rapids

People are asking me, “Why are you running for mayor of Cedar Rapids?” I have a successful law practice with a respected Cedar Rapids law firm, retirement is on the horizon, and I have two new grandkids to enjoy. So why in the world would I want to run for mayor?! The answer is pretty simple: I love Cedar Rapids. (more…)