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Brad Hart - Cedar Rapids Mayor

"We survived quite a year together. Cedar Rapids has, once again, proven its resilience. The strength and compassion I saw displayed over the last year has impressed and inspired me. It has been an honor to serve as Mayor. With the support of the community, I’m humbly asking the citizens of Cedar Rapids for another four years to build on the momentum we’ve created, making our city one of the best places in the country to live, work, and raise a family." - Mayor Hart

About Brad

Hart was elected Mayor of Cedar Rapids in December of 2017. He and his wife, Jade, have been active members of Cedar Rapids for 30 years. They are parents to Will and Alison and proud grandparents of Jimmy and Grace and are long-time members of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.

Hart recently retired from his law practice at Bradley & Riley, PC after almost 40 years as a business attorney. Prior to becoming mayor, he volunteered hundreds of hours each year and served as board chair for the Cedar Rapids Chamber of Commerce, Young Parents Network, Horizons. and United Way of East Central Iowa.

Brad has received numerous awards for his dedication to the community, including United Way of East Central Iowa’s Northcott Award for Outstanding Leadership and Volunteering, the Linn County Bar Association Citizenship Award, the Cedar Rapids Five Seasons Citizenship Award, and the Cedar Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Volunteer Award.

Brad’s dedication to the Cedar Rapids community has been recognized by numerous community awards including; United Way of East Central Iowa Northcott Award for Outstanding Leadership and Volunteering, Linn County Bar Association Citizenship Award, Cedar Rapids Five Seasons Citizenship Award and Cedar Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Volunteer.



Brad’s Priorities for Cedar Rapids

  • Supporting our citizens and our businesses as we recover from the Derecho.
  • Attracting additional investments in all parts of the city, bringing in high-paying jobs that support Cedar Rapids families and build our tax base.
  • Focusing on street repairs and reconstruction, ensuring LOST dollars are spent efficiently and effectively.
  • Supporting our police and fire departments in their use of best practices that are fair and equitable for all, including new initiatives to reduce violent crime.
  • Continuing the build our permanent flood protection system on both sides of the river that will include additional recreational opportunities for everyone and finding additional state and/or federal funding for that system.

Our Accomplishments

  • Economic development has been a priority from the beginning. Our city issued more than $1 billion in building permits, dramatically increased our supply of affordable housing, helped bring the Neighborhood Finance Corporation to Cedar Rapids and create an $8 million fund to make forgivable home loans to revitalize neighborhoods.
  • We—along with our community at large—responded to the unprecedented Derecho in August in remarkable ways, even when all lines of communication were down.
  • We adopted a plan to pay for critical flood protection on both sides of the river and secured $117 million from the federal government for the flood protection system built on the 16th Ave bridge.
  • We worked to protect our community from the COVID-19 pandemic while continuing to provide full city services. I issued a mask mandate because Cedar Rapids was 2nd in the number of virus cases and deaths in the state.
  • Our police and fire departments both obtained highly regarded national certifications as they worked hard to keep the community safe. After meeting with Advocates for Social Justice members this summer, we were able to keep protests peaceful and find equitable solutions to the problems facing our community.



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