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Coleman announces he won’t seek re-election to D.M. council


Chris Coleman, an at-large Des Moines city councilman for the past 21 years, announced today that he will not run for re-election in November. Coleman was first elected in a special election in spring 1998 to the at-large council seat formerly held by Preston Daniels. Coleman has won full terms to the council in 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015. Coleman, president of the Better Business Bureau of Iowa, lists among his accomplishments pushing the Gateway East Plan that became Historic East Village; leading the fight for the 2018 local option sales tax; and serving as chairman of four regional boards: Convention and Visitors Bureau, Metro Waste Authority, Metro Planning Organization and Homeless Coordinating Council. “I have had a front row seat as our city has transformed itself,” Coleman said in a prepared statement. “I am humbled and thankful to have been given the chance to contribute to our re-birth.” Carl Voss, a community leader, recently announced he was running for the at-large seat. Libertarian candidate Marco Battaglia also is seeking Coleman’s seat. 

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