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Posted on: January 4, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Starks Sworn in as First Ward Council Member

Raymond Starks

Raymond Starks was sworn in as 1st Ward Council member on December 31st, and officially started his appointment on January 1, 2021.  Starks is a newer resident to the community who has taken a strong interest in seeing the Downtown and first ward recover from the 2018 tornado.  "I cam to this town after attending Drake Law School because of the strength of its community-- something I gained an even greater appreciation for seeing everyone come together after the tornado and derecho."  His perspective as a new resident led, the City Council to select him to be the next 1st Ward Council member at the December 28th meeting.

Starks was one of three residents of the northeast side of the community who expressed interest in being appointed to a vacancy in the 1st Ward following the resignation of Sue Cahill, who is now serving in the Iowa House of Representatives.  His term will run through the end of 2021.  He can be reached by email at

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