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No winner in Cedar Falls special election, runoff set for August

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UPDATE: The runoff election for the Cedar Falls City Council At-Large Vacancy will take place August 4.

Unlike the July 7 special election, the Black Hawk County Election Office will not be sending absentee ballots to voters unless requested via the form. The public can learn more about absentee voting at https://www.co.black-hawk.ia.us/608/How-to-Request-an-Absentee-Ballot.

The deadline to submit an absentee request to have a ballot mailed to you is Friday, July 24, 2020.


UPDATE: No candidate met the threshold needed to secure a city council seat in a Cedar Falls special election.

The Black Hawk County Auditor's Office says there will be a runoff election between LeaAnn Saul and Kelly Dunn on August 4th. The two women received the highest percentage of the vote Tuesday night with Saul getting almost 35% of the vote and Dunn receiving 28%.

Both women told KWWL they're excited for the next month and expected a runoff election to occur. The question is how they can appeal to those who voted for other candidates. Runoff elections often see low turnout. However, this special election likely saw record turnout in the number of absentee ballots,

The unofficial results are as follows:

  • Popp- 455 - 7.01%
  • Saul- 2,257 - 34.78%
  • Frein- 1,639 - 25.25%
  • Dunn- 1,836 - 28.29%
  • Perryman- 287 - 4.42%
  • Write-in- 16 - 0.25%

Until that race resolves in a few weeks, the seat will remain with Councilman Nick Taiber who was appointed by council.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (KWWL) -- Polls remain open until 8 p.m. tonight in a special election for Cedar Falls City Council.

Five candidates are vying for an at-large seat previously held by now Mayor Rob Green. Council had appointed Nick Taiber, a former councilmen, before citizens forced an election through a petition.

Tensions over the race follow controversy over the last few years regarding the city's Public Safety Officer Program which cross trains police in fire operations.

Council eliminated the position of career firefighter earlier this year, leaving the city staffed by mostly PSOs for police and fire operations. This decision came under fire by the firefighters union and a number of citizens over social media.

Many of the candidates say that move by council is what caused them to run.

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