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Cornell alumnus elected mayor of Cedar Rapids

November 4, 2009

CEDAR RAPIDS – Ron Corbett, Cornell Class of 1983, was elected mayor of Cedar Rapids yesterday with 62 percent of the vote.

ronindeximageCorbett is a vice president at CRST, a Cedar Rapids trucking company owned by fellow Cornellian John Smith ’71. He was elected to the Iowa House in 1986 and served seven terms before stepping down to take the job of president/CEO of the Cedar Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce. While serving in the House he was speaker for five years. Corbett has never lost an election for public office.

Corbett defeated City Council incumbent Brian Fagan. With 90 percent of precincts reporting as of Tuesday night, Corbett had 13,418 votes to Fagan’s 7,742.

Gazette election coverage

Gazette profile on Corbett

Gazette story on football careers of the three mayoral candidates

For more information, please contact Cornell's Director of Media Relations

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