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Iowa State Rep. Running for Mayor of Davenport

Iowa State Representative Ken Croken is running for mayor of Davenport.

Croken says the collapse of The Davenport apartment building pushed him to join the race.

"The horrific and entirely preventable loss of life, limb, and property drove me to make my announcement at this time," he said. "But it's bigger than one issue."

If elected, Croken says there would be better communication between city government and residents.

"There's a growing wedge between the people of Davenport and the city government that underscores the disturbing lack of accountability, communication, and transparency."

He says reproductive healthcare, workers rights, and LGBTQ rights would also be priorities.

Croken represents Iowa House District 97, including much of Davenport. He is a lawyer, former Scott County supervisor, and teaches at the St. Ambrose University.

He's running against Mayor Mike Matson, and community organizer, Jasmine Schneider.

A primary for city offices will be held in October, with the general election in November.

Rachel graduated from Michigan State University's J-School and has a background in broadcast and environmental journalism. Before WVIK, she worked for WKAR Public Media, Great Lakes Now, and more. In her free time, she likes to cook, hike, and hang out with her cat.