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Corbett files campaign organization document with state board

In City Hall, Ron Corbett on March 2, 2009 at 4:47 pm

Ron Corbett looks like he’s really in.

Corbett, the former president of the Cedar Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce and past speaker of the Iowa House of Representatives, has created a Corbett for Mayor campaign organization.

Corbett also has filed the first necessary campaign document, a DR-1 Statement of Organization, with the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board in Des Moines.

The organizational statement must be filed within 10 days of a campaign committee’s accepting contributions or spending or taking on debt in excess of $750, according to the state board.

In truth, the public wouldn’t yet be thinking too much about this year’s mayoral race but for backers of Corbett, vice president, human resources, at trucking firm CRST International Inc.

Those backers financed a phone survey earlier this year to check on whom voters might like as a mayoral candidate. The survey asked those contacted to pick between Corbett, council members Brian Fagan and Monica Vernon, Scott Olson, a commercial Realtor who was defeated in a close mayor run in 2005, and Gary Hinzman, executive director of the Sixth Judicial District Department of Correctional Services and a former Cedar Rapids police chief.

Corbett, 48, has talked about the need to help flood victims and the need to get the local economy going again.

“Those devastated and displaced by the flood are at the top of our list,” he said in a conversation last week. “But now we face increasing job losses. Sadly, in some cases, people have lost both (a house and a job).”

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