Council Candidates Attend House Meeting and Greet | Govt. and politics


Six of the seven Council Bluffs city council candidates who will appear on Tuesday’s primary ballot stopped at Jefferson’s Lounge on Thursday for a meeting hosted by the Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce.

Healthcare professional Lindsey Danielson, retired firefighter and electrician Steve Gorman, real estate agent Joe Don Hunter, nursing student Alex Kite, small business owner Jerry Mekna and director of the Boys & Girls Club Chris Peterson, all vying for four general election positions, attended the event.

Candidate Tyler Waters was not present at the event. Attempts by the Nonpareil to reach him for a story were unsuccessful.

Two seats on the board are open, with no incumbent seeking re-election. The top four in Tuesday’s primary will go through the general election on November 2. Polling stations will be open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. To find your polling station, go to

Mayor Matt Walsh runs unopposed in the municipal election.

At Thursday’s event, five of the contestants spoke briefly at the opening, with the rest of the hour spent mingling with the crowd. Gorman spoke about his time in public safety, while Danielson highlighted his eight years on the Planning Commission. Peterson and Mekna both discussed the need to tackle homelessness, while Hunter spoke about the importance of housing. Kite couldn’t make the opening and didn’t address the crowd, but walked around talking to the participants.


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