Coralville attorney running for mayor

Matt Adam represented group that sued city last year

Gregg Hennigan
Published: September 5 2013 | 12:44 pm - Updated: 28 March 2014 | 8:02 pm in

An attorney who represented a group of business people who sued the city of Coralville last year wants to be the town’s mayor.

But Matt Adam said he was just doing his job in that legal battle and it should not play a role in the campaign.

“I’m an attorney and that’s what I do,” he said. “Otherwise, I’d rather the campaign focus on me and the issues.”

Adam, 37, of 1945 Brown Deer Trail, filed paperwork Thursday to run for mayor. Current City Council member John Lundell also is a candidate for mayor.

They are trying to replace Jim Fausett, who is not seeking re-election after 18 years as Coralville’s mayor.

Adam said he would bring a fresh perspective, renewed leadership, enhanced transparency and greater financial certainty to Coralville.

Each of those touch on topics that have gained greater attention in Coralville in recent years, starting with the city’s controversial decision to give Von Maur millions of dollars to open a department store in the Iowa River Landing area. Also, the city also has seen its bond rating downgraded several notches in the past year.

Adam represented a citizens group who in 2012 sued the city and its developer of Iowa River Landing to try to stop the Von Maur project from going forward. The city countersued, and the two sides dropped their lawsuits earlier this year and the store opened this summer.

Adam said he has considered running for city elected office for several years and his decision to do so now was his alone and did not come at the encouragement of any person or group.

He said he wants to resolve the city’s financial issues by working with the City Council to establish attainable benchmarks for responsible debt management that is transparent and accountable to the taxpayers.

He also said he wants to work with other local governments to maximize services, and he wants the city to have a voice in planning discussions with the Iowa City school district.

Adam is a partner in the Simmons Perrine Moyer & Bergman law firm and an adjunct lecturer at the University of Iowa Tippie College of Business.

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