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Council Candidate Information
This page has been created to house the City of Cedar Rapids data and information requested by City Council candidates. All City Council members, candidates, and the public have access to this information.

Candidates interested in meeting with the City Manager or any Department Director should contact Lisa Shannon in the City Managers' Office at l.shannon@cedar-rapids.org or 319-286-5080.

Election Information
For election information, including details on how to file for office, and other candidate and campaign resources, please visit the Linn County website.

Cedar Rapids Council Districts
Cedar Rapids is divided into five council districts. A council member is elected by the eligible voters within each district. The council member must reside within the district to hold office.

City Council District Maps

About City Government
The City of Cedar Rapids serves more than 135,000 people who live, work and play in the City of Five Seasons. The City is operated under the Council-Manager Form of Government and is governed by a part-time, nine-member City Council elected by the public.  More than 1,300 people work for the City of Cedar Rapids, providing services for all residents and businesses.

Charter of the City of Cedar Rapids

City Budget
The City provides the following services: public safety, public works, solid waste collection, animal control,  parking, ground transportation, community development, and municipal water and sewer.  The City also provides cultural and recreational opportunities through various departments and commissions.


Political Signs
Political signs must comply with Temporary Sign Regulations.

NCS Citizen Survey Report
Every two years since 2016, the City of Cedar Rapids asks a sample of residents to participate in The National Citizen Survey™ (The NCS™). The survey is designed to provide information about how the city government is serving residents, to gauge perceptions of the City, and to make comparisons with peer cities. The survey centers on community livability and includes questions about the quality of life in the community, local policies, demographics, rating of local government services, and resident use of services. The City plans to conduct ongoing surveys every two years to track trends, gauge citizen perceptions, and solicit feedback.

Survey results measure public perceptions and areas of interest for residents. 


Automated Traffic Enforcement System
Automated traffic enforcement (ATE) is a safety countermeasure that is used to enhance roadway safety. Automated enforcement involves the enforcement of red-light running violations and speed limit violations. The use of ATE in Cedar Rapids has resulted in a decrease in the total number of crashes and crashes with injuries.

Automated Traffic Enforcement

Flood Control System 
The Flood Control System is designed to convey the same water volume as the flood of 2008, reducing flood risk through the heart of Cedar Rapids on both the west and east sides of the river. The system will include a combination of floodwalls, levees, and gates, and incorporate aesthetic elements that reflect our community’s culture, history, and vision. 


The Community Climate Action Plan is structured to improve our community's resilience to climate hazards, increase clean energy, and support residents’ access to basic needs.



One percent local option sales tax set aside solely for the maintenance, repair, construction, and reconstruction of public streets. Sales tax is generated by Cedar Rapids residents as well as visitors who shop/dine in our community. Provides approximately $20 million annually for road repairs. The program went into effect on July 1, 2014, approving 10 years of funding. The public voted again in November 2021 to renew the tax for an additional 10 years. At present, the local option sales tax is set to expire on June 30, 2034. 


Economic Development
Below are some examples of economic development agreements.
The Depot
Diamond V

Citizen Review Board
The City of Cedar Rapids established an independent Citizen Review Board (CRB) to further community relations and police accountability.

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