Cedar Falls mayoral candidates vie for campaign events in city parks | New policies


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Blanford declined to name the employee.

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No fines or penalties are outlined in the policy for violators, but Blanford said in contacting the anonymous employee that “monetary citations” were referenced, but added that nothing had been issued at this point.

“The city is certainly aware of these events, and there is a long history of candidates using the parks. … It’s not like this revolutionary concept, ”said Blanford.

Following receipt of the notice, Blanford on September 8 accused the Green administration of “preventing our campaign from using public spaces to meet voters in their neighborhoods.”

“These events are open to anyone as an opportunity to ask questions and share ideas for Cedar Falls,” said Blanford. “It is disheartening that during this week’s City Council meeting, Mayor Green signed a proclamation recognizing Constitution Week, while restricting the right of residents to assemble freely.”

Tom Blanford candidate for mayor of the CF

Requests to the city have been made by Blanford, asking when this policy was approved, under whose authority and where it spells out the prohibition in the city code. But those requests were never answered, he said.

Asked that the city is not committing its resources to follow up and take action against Blanford, Green noted in an email that “this was an issue between the candidate and the city, rather than with me ”and noted his own appreciation and intention to follow the policy.


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