GULICK IS LEAST BAD CANDIDATE FOR CEDAR RAPIDS MAYOR

11-6-17

Greetings C. R. Gazette Editorial Board and all—

There are two  candidates for Cedar Rapids mayor who have significant integrity scores or better, as shown in the following table.  You endorsed neither of them, as expected.   You rather endorsed Scott Olson, near the bottom of the group. 

Gulick is a good person but is lacking in leadership skills.   Unfortunately, those having better leadership skills would continue taking the city in the wrong direction—which is what the editorial board wants.

Cedar  Rapids needs much better leadership in City Hall and the school district.  Both are reckless spenders with no consideration or expectation for achieving better results. 

West side flood protection lags and the school district wants to spend $216 million to tear down, close and/or rebuild school buildings, with NO mention, intention or expectation for improving student achievement or operating efficiency.  

Iowalive’s  lack of enthusiasm for mayoral candidates is evidenced by the date of this post, one day before the election. 

             KRIS GULICK IS THE LEAST BAD CANDIDATE FOR CEDAR RAPIDS MAYOR

THE GAZETTE ENDORSED SCOTT OLSON FOR MAYOR Source:  Iowalive  10-22-17

CEDAR RAPIDS MAYOR CANDIDATES AS DESCRIBED IN 10-22-17 GAZETTE

*% FITNESS FOR THE JOB

**AVG. YEAR-TO DATE 10-20-17 INTEGRITY INDEX SCORE

Kris Gulick, who represents District 1, was first elected to the council in 2005 and has been instrumental in crafting the city's goals and strategic plan.

35%

310

Tim Pridegon, pastor of Lifeline Ministries and a public safety chaplain, is basing his first campaign on 'love, peace and unity.'

30%

670

Jorel Robinson grew up in Cedar Rapids, works as a productivity specialist at GoDaddy and has become a community activist focused on the city's youth.

27%

290

 Scott Olson, a commercial realtor, is in his second term representing District 4.

25%

100

 Brad Hart, business lawyer and an experienced newcomer, making his first run for public office after leading numerous community organizations and campaigns.

10%

150

Gary Hinzman, a former police chief, judicial district corrections director and founder of programs to help offenders, families and at-risk youth, is running on his experience managing 'large, complex government organizations.'

7%

45

Lemi Tilahun, who came to Cedar Rapids as a child with his parents from Ethiopia and eventually worked both for former U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin and for President Barack Obama's administration, wants to be a 'trailblazer.'

5%

100

Monica Vernon, who left City Hall to run for Congress, is touting her experience in making 'bold moves' to accelerate the city's post-flood recovery.

5%

10

*Based on all things associated with the Mayor's job. 

**Average on  a scale of 0 to 1,000 tops, where significant integrity starts at 300. 

Integrity Index Score Derivation Methods are Posted on Website: http://www.iowalive.net/integrityderivation.htm  

The Correlation Coefficient for % Fitness for the Job  and Integrity is a Strong and Positive .72. 

Anyone Claiming to Have Better Numbers is Asked to Provide Them.

 

Sincerely,

Iowalive     A  growing network of volunteer citizens and professionals for improving Iowa