Coralville voters back candidates despite campaign

CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) — Voters in Coralville elected three candidates despite intense criticism by the nationally known conservative group Americans for Prosperity.

Elections in the 19,000 population eastern Iowa city usually draw little attention, but Tuesday’s vote was different because Americans for Prosperity, backed by the billionaire Koch brothers, tried to turn the election into a referendum on government spending and borrowing. The group focused on Coralville’s $280 million debt.

Despite the group’s campaign of home visits, phone calls, mailings and Twitter and Facebook ads, voters elected Mayor Pro Tem John Lundell, a university researcher who defends the city’s role in ambitious developments.

They also re-elected two council members, Tom Gill and Bill Hoeft.

Voters also elected Laurie Goodrich to the council.

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Information from: KGAN-TV, http://www.kgan.com

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