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Cedar Rapids candidates running -- one literally -- for election

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Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett is nearly halfway through his goal of running 200 miles of city streets.

He's running -- literally -- for re-election, and campaigning for voters to pass a 10-year extension of the 1 percent local option sales tax, which would fund road repairs.

"Our water is in pretty good shape," said Corbett. "Our sewers are in pretty good shape, but our streets aren't. So as mayor, I want to get the streets fixed, and running the streets is just my way of looking at the streets close-up."

Corbett's challenger is Greg Hughes. He's run for Congress and for Governor in the past. Now, he's got his eyes set on City Hall.

Hughes is against renewing the sales tax.

"A lot of people can't afford it," said Hughes. "The biggest percentage of people that I have calling me right now are people that live on fixed incomes."

Hughes has lived in Cedar Rapids for nearly 50 years. He works at Quaker Oats.

Hughes believes taxes are the biggest challenge Cedar Rapids residents face.

"I'm tired, like everybody else is, of taxation and really no accountability," said Hughes. "We try to get answers of where all this money is being spent. $350 million dollars in debt, and not getting any answers."

Corbett says his biggest accomplishment in the past four years was helping the city recover from the 2008 flood. He wants to be re-elected to continue helping the city move forward.

"We've seen a lot of private sector investment in our community, and I want to keep that going," said Corbett.

Voters will elect the mayor and decide on renewing the local option sales tax during the citywide elections on Nov. 5.

The sales tax issue must collectively pass in Cedar Rapids, Marion, Hiawatha, Fairfax and Robins, since they vote on sales tax issues as a block.

The issue has failed twice recently, but that was when the money was going to fund Cedar Rapids flood protection.

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