Vote November 7, 2017
Urbandale, Iowa - Bob Andeweg, 54, announces his candidacy for re-election as Mayor of Urbandale. Bob has lived in Urbandale since 1988 and has two daughters, Christina, 25, and Erin, 22. Bob is married to Charity McCauley Andeweg. Andeweg received his undergraduate degree with a major in Political Science and a minor in Economics from Central College in Pella, and his J.D. from Drake University. He is an attorney by profession and a member of the Des Moines law firm of Nyemaster Goode, P.C., where he practices primarily in the area of business and real estate law.
Bob is a member of various religious, civic and professional organizations including the Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, BRAVO Greater Des Moines, the Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Metropolitan Advisory Council, The Greater Des Moines Partnership, the Urbandale Chamber of Commerce, and is a member of St. Stephen Lutheran Church. He currently serves as Chair of the Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau, and is Co-Chair of the Governance Capital Committee of Capital Crossroads.
Bob is a charter graduate and a former board member of Leadership Urbandale. Bob is also a graduate of Leadership Iowa. Bob was named to the Urbandale Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame in 2016, and was recently named the 2017 Forty under 40 Alumnus of the Year.
Prior to his election as Mayor, Bob served on the City Council from 2000-2005. Prior to that, Bob served over five years on the City's Planning and Zoning Commission, including a term as Chairperson. Bob is also a past graduate of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute and Leadership Iowa.
In announcing his candidacy for re-election, Andeweg said: It has been a privilege to serve as Urbandale’s Mayor for the past twelve years. Urbandale is a wonderful place to work and live. However, it is exciting that others are paying attention to us as well. I’m also very proud of the fact that Urbandale has one of the lowest tax rates in the Des Moines metro, and is the lowest of any city in Iowa with a population in excess of 15,000.”
Andeweg noted that, while Urbandale has accomplished a great deal, the work is not finished. “First and foremost, we must continue on our plan to provide adequate staffing for our police, fire, and EMS forces in a responsible manner, especially with the anticipated construction of a third fire station to serve the western portions of our city. Second, we must build and maintain our streets, parks and trails throughout the city to provide a high quality of life for all our citizens. Third, we must continue to be innovative in providing high-quality services to our residents at an effective cost. Fourth, as we compete in the global marketplace, Urbandale must be poised with an effective economic development strategy so that we are able to continue growing our fine community.”
“When I moved here in 1988, I chose it over other communities in the metro area because it was a vibrant and caring community. Urbandale is a great place to live and raise a family. I cared enough about the community to become initially involved on the Planning and Zoning Commission, I have carried that vision forward on the City Council, and in my two terms as Mayor. As we look forward to Urbandale’s centennial celebration this year, I want to further that vision to help Urbandale meet its future challenges and opportunities."
Andeweg also announced that John Forst, a long-time Urbandale resident, former councilperson, and active in many Urbandale activities, will serve as his campaign chairperson.
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