Iowa City City Council Election Results: Payne, Hayek, Throgmorton, Dobyns Victorious
Here are the preliminary final results, which will later be officially certified by the Johnson County Supervisors.
In the end, an Iowa City City Council election with a chance for suprising results turned out to be fairly routine.
During a miserable rainy day, only 14.77 percent of Iowa City's 51,248 voters showed up to cast their votes in the Iowa City City Council election, a fairly low number even by historical measures.
The beneficaries of these votes were current Mayor Matt Hayek, winning by a comfortable margin; Jim Throgmorton, who ran opposed; Rick Dobyns, who defeated challenger Steve Soboroff by almost 1,800 votes; and Michelle Payne, who narrowly defeated her nearest challenger Raj Patel by just 232 votes.
The results are not official until the votes are canvassed by the Johnson County Board of Supervisors on Nov. 15.
Patel, who was vying to make history by winning a council seat as a college student, beat Payne in precincts such as the Iowa City Rec Center, the University of Iowa Main Library and the Johnson County Courthouse, where students traditional vote in greater numbers. Patel also held a more than 300 vote advantage over Payne in early votes. But these advantages, possibly due to the low turnout, were not enough, as Payne defeated or tied him in older neighborhood precincts.
You can see the voting breakdowns here.
Here is an article on the results by the Gazette's Gregg Hennigan.
Here are the tallies:
Matt Hayek 4,550
Michelle L. Payne 2,890
Jarrett Mitchell 1,669
Raj Patel 2,658
Rick Dobyns 3,602
Stephen Soboroff 1,838
Jim Throgmorton 4,324