Ankeny's Mona Bond Announces Candidacy for City Council
With three candidates now in the race, a primary election will be held July 17.
A third Ankeny resident announced her intent this week to run for the vacant seat on the city council.
Mona Bond, who has lived in Ankeny since 1992, officially made the announcement earlier this week. The deadline to file with the city clerk's office was June 22.
"I am honored to have the opportunity to see the position on the city council," Bond said. "This is a wonderful community with so many exciting things happening. Our city is young, vibrant and the 'go-to' place to live."
The special city council election is a result of Craig Block's resignation from the council, which was effective May 21. Ankeny residents gathered more than 500 signatures in order for a special election to be held.
Since Bond is the third candidate to throw her hat in the race, a primary election will be held July 17 to eliminate one candidate. A special election will then be held Aug. 14.
Bond owns her own consulting company, Capitol Communications Inc., and is the environmental coordinator for Manatts Inc. She received degrees in journalism and mass communication, as well as political science, from Iowa State University.
She and her husband, Darwin Koenig, have two sons and five grandchildren.
Bond said she is at a point in her life where she can dedicate the necessary time and energy to being a council member.
"While Ankeny has grown exponentially in the last 10 years, it has maintained the small town community spirit and pride," she said. "As I continue to talk with (residents), I have heard (their) comments and would like to share those with everyone."
Bond said it is important that visionary leaders be present to help guide Ankeny in the coming years, and she wants to be a part of that team.
"I feel very strongly about what a wonderful, safe community we have and the opportunities that will be coming forward," she said.