Retired Council Bluffs Mayor to Seek New Office

It seems the retired longtime mayor of Council Bluffs just can’t stay away from politics.

Tom Hanafan, who retired as mayor of the western Iowa city in January after 25 years, is now running for the Pottawattamie County Board of Supervisors.

Hanafan filed his election nomination papers Friday — after the deadline for candidates running under a political party affiliation. That means Hanafan will run as an independent.

A Democrat during his tenure as mayor, Hanafan says county races should be nonpartisan. He also says he wants to rein in county government spending if he’s elected in the November 4th race.

Republicans Scott Belt, Loren Knauss and Justin Schultz also are running. No Democrats filed to run.