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Eight candidates vie for Cedar Rapids mayor

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The race for mayor in Cedar Rapids is a crowded field. 

Eight candidates are running for the position and early voting is underway. 

So far only about half of the 1,200 requested ballets issued in Cedar Rapids have come in. 

Linn County Auditor Joel Miller says the large candidate pool might be the reason behind the turnout.

 "I think people are waiting to get as much information as they can before they vote," he told us. 

Candidates include:

-Kris Gulick, he has served for more than a decade on the city council and experienced both floods. You can read more about  Gulick here: http://gulickforcr.com/

-Brad Hart, he is a business attorney who serves on several boards that allow him to give back including United Way of East Central Iowa. You can read more about Hart here: https://hart4cr.com/brad-hart/

-Gary Hinzman, he's dedicated his work to public service serving as former Cedar Rapids Police Chief and Director of the Sixth Judicial District. You can read more about Hinzman here: https://garyhinzman.com/issues/

-Scott Olson, he is on the Cedar Rapids City Council as well as several other area boards and committees. You can read more about Olson here: https://www.olson4mayor.com/meet-scott

-Timothy Pridegon, he is a minister who currently serves as chaplain for the Cedar Rapids Police Department. You can read more about Pridegon here: https://www.timformayor2017.com/about-tim

Jorel Robinson, he is one of the youngest candidates at 30-years-old. He was born and raised in Cedar Rapids. You can read more about Robinson here: http://jorelformayor.com/

Lemi Tilahun, he has spent time working in Washington D.C. but calls Cedar Rapids his home. You can read more about Tilahun here: https://lemibeyourmayor.com/

-Monica Vernon, She ran for congress last year but is turning her attention towards mayor. She spent eight years on the city council. You can read more about Vernon here: http://monicavernonformayor.com/about-monica/

With a wide range of candidates there is a lot for voters to sort through as they look to the issues they find important. 

"The economic development of the city number one and overall how the city works," says Joan Knight, an early voter. 

Miller is hoping for a good turnout come election day. 

"I think we will see them show up at the polls on election day more than we see them showing up early to vote," he says. 

There is an opportunity for voters to head to the Cedar Rapids library from noon until six Wednesday to vote early. 

Voting can also be done early at the election office Monday through Friday from 8-5. 

Election day is November 7th, exactly two weeks from today. 

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