WAVERLY — A City Council member has announced he is not seeking re-election in November.

David Reznicek, one of two at-large members on the Waverly City Council, made the news official with The Courier in an email.

Reznicek has served on the council since being elected in 2013 to fill the seat of retiring council member Kathy Olson.

“I have been honored and humbled to have the opportunity to serve my community in this capacity,” he said.

That leaves Dr. Ann Rathe, who announced her campaign in July, as the lone candidate for his seat.

Reznicek would not say whether he supported Rathe’s campaign, but seemed to allude to it in his retirement announcement.

“When I ran for council, I was not backed by an organized funding source or ‘committee’ to support a campaign and do the heavy lifting for me,” he said. “Personally, I prefer candidates in our community that are not.”

Reznicek first moved to Waverly in 1994 as vice president of First National Bank, according to the biography on his former campaign website. He began working for John Deere in 1999.

In the past year, Reznicek has missed four out of 17 regular council meetings, according to meeting minutes, meaning he was present roughly 77 percent of the time. In 2016, he was absent from six meetings out of 28, for an attendance rate of 79 percent.

He tended to side on many, but not all, issues with Ward 1 council member Dan Lampe and Ward 3 council member Wes Gade, though the group tended to lose many of those battles on 4-3 votes. Reznicek voted yes on repairing the green bridge and no to taking a property for airport expansion through eminent domain, both of which went the other way.


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