Linn County Supervisor Linda Langston says she’s been asked to consider running for mayor of Cedar Rapids, “so I’m considering it,” she says.
Langston commented on Monday after she was asked about rumors that she might try a go at the mayor’s race.
She said she would make a decision soon.
“I really like the job I’m doing now, but I’m not ignoring the other,” Langston said. “Someone said, ‘This decision is yours, but you really got to want it.’
“And I’m not entirely sure at this point in time if I really want it. I am happy with the job I am presently doing. But I have not completely written off the consideration that other people have asked me to take seriously.”
Langston, a Democrat, said she is getting much of the push from other Democrats.
What she mostly needs right now, she said, is information. She said she’s developed a sense of what people want in a mayor and where they want the city to go as she has attended community gatherings and neighborhood meetings.
Now she said she is trying to figure out, “Is there any aspect of my alignment and interest that fits with the broader community?” she said.
Langston noted that Cedar Rapids’ form of government is not a strong-mayor form: The mayor is one of nine votes on the council.
“And the challenge is constructing what I would think of as a working consensus,” she said. “And when you don’t know the other players …”
The reference to players is a recognition that six of the nine council seats, including the mayor’s seat, are up for reelection in November.
“I consider myself a good consensus-builder, but it’s still a tough time. It’s a tough time to consider this,” Langston said.
She said she will decide quickly to put an end to the rumor mill that is churning now over her possible mayoral bid.
Ron Corbett, vice president at trucking firm CRST Inc. and former state Republican legislator, previously has announced his candidacy for mayor.
“Clearly, Ron is very committed to this,” Langston said. “Whether I am in or out of this race, I have absolutely every belief that Ron is in it for the long haul.”