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Max Weaver: “I will be a candidate for city council”



This news story was published on August 1, 2016.
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MASON CITY – Max Weaver confirmed Monday evening that he will be a candidate for Mason City council in this September’s election, should the contest be formally approved.

Tuesday night, the Mason City council will consider an election for a vacant at-large seat on the city council. Should that measure be approved, the election would be held September 20, a scant 7 weeks or less from now.

As this election is likely to be approved by the council, setting the stage for a short campaign with major implications, NIT reached out to former long-time councilman Max Weaver to measure his interest in his former seat. Mr. Weaver, who served 12 years on the city council, was extremely active in recent months in the process of helping to defeat a slaughterhouse city hall had earmarked for the south side of town.

“I will be a candidate for city council,” Mr. Weaver said, when asked if he would run in this proposed election.

“I think now, after all that’s happened, the citizens of Mason City are ready to elect someone they know will have their back. There’s never been a trust issue with Mr. Weaver,” he said. “If I’m elected, I’ll be there for them, rest-assured.”

Mr. Weaver said he was glad to hear the news that city hall would not be appointing a person to this vacant seat, but instead, would likely choose an election.

“It’s the right thing to do, the fair thing to do,” he said.

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81 Responses to Max Weaver: “I will be a candidate for city council”

  1. kregg Reply Report comment

    August 27, 2016 at 8:18 am

    We gotta get Max in there. He’s the only candidate with the balls to stand up to Bookmeyer and others who are largely responsible for the death of the previous seat holder by means of ongoing harassment. Unlike the other candidates he has to answer to no one and no special groups.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      August 27, 2016 at 8:21 am

      He is a liar and a cheat. Nothing but a shit disturber.

      • OK Reply Report comment

        August 27, 2016 at 8:27 am

        OK, got it.
        So if Max is a “shit disturber” and you are disturbed, that would make you shit.
        Sounds right.

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          August 27, 2016 at 12:11 pm

          You are to stupid to get anything.

          • OK

            August 27, 2016 at 12:27 pm

            Ha, your incorrect use of grammar is indicative of the fact that you are indeed a dumbass.
            Your comments are much like that of the resident idiotic old coot that frequents here.
            He too is a fool to be laughed at, just like you and your feeble attempts show some sort of intelligence.

          • Anonymous

            August 27, 2016 at 3:03 pm

            If ignorance is bliss, you are a happy person.

  2. Polio Loco Reply Report comment

    August 22, 2016 at 1:19 am

    Has he even taken out papers yet???

  3. Conscience Reply Report comment

    August 4, 2016 at 1:30 am

    You all can’t really come up with anything in poor decision making from max.our city representation should have different options brought to the table no matter. Anti Max people are worried what he will find out or he just irks you. He certainly isn’t stupid, you are stupid if you think that. Let’s not forget what has gone here lately. Crystal clear there is major problems with the council/mayor. Shame on them . Has Bookmeyer not been humbled yet? The tragedy on his watch?

  4. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    August 3, 2016 at 5:26 am

    I see that Joshua Masson who ran for the Third Ward council seat last year has entered the race.

    So as of now:
    Max Weaver
    Andy O’Brien
    Joshua Masson

  5. st Reply Report comment

    August 2, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    Huh that is real intelligent .

  6. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    August 2, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    HUH? Bookmeyer, Weaver, Hickey, Solberb, Shoneman. All losers!

    • Anonymous Too Reply Report comment

      August 4, 2016 at 1:15 am

      You forgot to add yourself into the group as the biggest loser at all

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        August 27, 2016 at 9:51 am

        All of Mason City loses from the behavior of those named.

  7. st Reply Report comment

    August 2, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    Glad you think that some beliefs ! Who cares how weaver runs his show.it is a fair and transparant show. No blindsided bull.don’t be weak you can handle it. Ah polarizing? Maybe with liars.really? Have you seen who he helps every single day? Pay attention. All the people who can’t see clear about max don’t truly know him. Open up and find out for yourself.

    • Reality Check Reply Report comment

      August 2, 2016 at 9:10 pm

      And his accomplishments as our paid public servant are? Name a few for the record here and make your case. Im willing to listen. Thanks.

      • Reality Check Reply Report comment

        August 2, 2016 at 9:54 pm

        Ok…. I will start. Max proposed selling the Historic Park Inn on Ebay. So how did that work out?

        • Peter L Reply Report comment

          August 4, 2016 at 1:28 am

          What’s your point? Throw 20 million dollars at something and it’s bound to “work out”. Tell us when the break even point is reached…if ever.

          • FL Wright

            August 4, 2016 at 7:17 am

            And you my Urban Development expert, pi$$ed away an entire summer, (more like a few weeks) constructing a toxic tire city. Your vulcanized monument will live for centuries and foul the land long after you are gone. So tell us sir…how did that work out for you? When is your “break even” point in the harm you have done?

          • Peter L

            August 4, 2016 at 8:25 am

            Here we go again….(sigh). The Earthship concept is well established all over the world as the most super efficient, secure housing on the planet. The tires have all been dug up and recycled. The land is all leveled and as it formerly was…minus some grasses and trees. The goal was noble…but your stupidity and adversity pooh pooh things you cannot understand. My mistake was trusting a homeless psycopath whom i sold the back acre to. Had the deputies done their job, the psycho would have been arrested.

          • Anonymous

            August 4, 2016 at 10:31 pm

            You didn’t clean up that mess. Someone did it for you and sent mom the bill. You just ran off to another failure.

  8. watching Reply Report comment

    August 2, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    At least he won’t be just a puppet to Bookmeyer

    • Reality Check Reply Report comment

      August 2, 2016 at 9:33 pm

      Amen! The last thing this city needs is another Bookie ass kisser. And we the people need to show the major the door.

    • Honest Abe Reply Report comment

      August 3, 2016 at 7:59 am

      One thing on Max’s list of accomplishments would be helping dodge the Prestage bullet! He spearheaded a campaign to keep them out of town, and succeeded. Prestage would have been the nail in our coffin!

      • Reality Check Reply Report comment

        August 3, 2016 at 8:09 am

        Max courageously marched with the troops but the General who lead them was Alex. Max was a foot soldier and I thank him for that.

      • Matt Marquardt Reply Report comment

        August 3, 2016 at 10:41 am

        Some say Max Weaver was instrumental in keeping an un-proven trash burning plant away from Mason City, a plant the mayor wanted built near the Newman Daycare. Dangerous toxins potentially spewed into the air via an unproven technology by slick-talking men from out of state, one with ties to the CIA. The mayor wanted the jobs of at least a dozen city workers, people with families, in connection to this debacle, probably because his shoulder-bumping henchman Travis Hickey has it in for city workers and hates that they get paid a decent wage. Some say Mr. Weaver helped save their jobs and keep our trash being picked up by these city workers, instead of a private company that would likely soon cut loose with cost increases to customers (the city keeps trash pickup fees very low). Sometimes, saying “no” is the right thing to do, as in almost always when the deal is cooked up in the corner office in city hall (or the local bar). How’s that hotel coming along, by the way?

  9. Reality Check Reply Report comment

    August 2, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    Max’s record of public service often comes across as self serving. He is well informed but very polarizing and divisive. Max seems to do his very best work when grandstanding in front of the camera. He’s the star of his own reality show.

  10. Honest Reply Report comment

    August 2, 2016 at 11:17 am

    So the dummies come out again. You haters are so afraid of max. Your lies exposed and major corruption . Did you not see what the mayor did to us during prestage fiasco, of course being of the same shade it makes sense. Same begets same.I believe Alex Kuhn would absolutely approve of Max Weaver to continue the honesty and logics of his seat.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      August 2, 2016 at 1:18 pm

      Some people have the strangest beliefs.

  11. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    August 2, 2016 at 8:11 am

    Hey Max if Lieing Clinton sends a car for you — watched a rerun of Godfather this week end – DC has its Godmother – the clintons who own obama and DC government.

  12. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    August 2, 2016 at 7:30 am

    He probably woulda stopped the mayor from spending $60k on a city hall remodel. Stupid mayor

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      August 2, 2016 at 9:01 am

      He would have started out saying no and then when he was offered a deal he would have turned like he always does.

  13. Superhowy Reply Report comment

    August 2, 2016 at 7:03 am

    Alex Kuhn was a true public servant who did the right thing despite tremendous pressure and incentives to ignore his constituents. I think all of MC understands this now. I have faith the community will hold some accountable this election at the ballot box.
    My hope is we find candidates that reflect Alex’s commitment to representing all.
    I like Max, but he comes across as a bully and I felt he hurt our chances with the target distribution center and other developmenrs. In fact, I recall him saying that MC didn’t have the labor base to support all those $15+ per hour jobs that are now in Cedar Falls. Had we been able to land an employer like that, prestage never would have been considered.
    Max has lots to offer, but I think the days he represents the city should be over…let’s see who else comes forward, Mason City can finally move forward if we get this election right.

    • Dick Neely Reply Report comment

      August 2, 2016 at 8:28 am

      Target actually chose Cedar Falls because of the 100,000 people living in the cedarloo area to pick employees from. Not to mention Cedar Falls had a business offer no other community could afford. Mason City was never really in the running for it. Just sayin, maybe know what you are talking about first.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        August 2, 2016 at 9:00 am

        Bull-I was there and heard Weavers comment when he said we didn’t have enough people for Target. They lost interest in Mason City after that. Get your facts straight.

        • Dick Neely Reply Report comment

          August 2, 2016 at 9:18 am

          HA, Mason city wasn’t even in the top five picks. Everyone was there, Mediacom has been broadcasting city council meetings for fifteen years. Max was against it, but Mason City wasn’t even seriously considered, never had a chance to compete with Cedar Falls. Max WAS for looking into the Toyota parts warehouse and everyone else on the council shut him down out of spite. Thats how they play games.

          • Anonymous

            August 2, 2016 at 3:05 pm

            no way in hell toyota was going to build anything in mason city This town was not even in toyota top 500 towns just another time max wasted everybody time with another stupid idea

      • Superhowy Reply Report comment

        August 2, 2016 at 11:52 am

        Regardless of where MC was at in the running for target, Max was against it and he was wrong. I don’t want to give him a chance to poo poo a good opportunity. A large employer willing to pay is always welcome here. Labor will follow the money and weak, low paying business will leave if Max was right that there aren’t enough workers. The tax base of a new business needs to be considered. Why would MC be in the running when you have an outspoken council member speaking against it? Name an employer Max helped bring to the community during his many years of service…are there any?

        Max is a good man and a good advocate for many…but we need to attract better wages and better industries to the community and I am not sure he is the guy for that.

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          August 2, 2016 at 3:29 pm

          you are right about max not bringing any bussiness when he was on the counsil and also shoot down any good idea but we had our chance with prestage and we all know what happen with that now before you say they were not good wages i looked at prestage wage beakdown chart and even the person making 13.00 dollars an hour in a 52 hour work week would make over 40,000 dollars a year i know alot of people would like to make the alot of young people would i know that, and that just starting out the more years there they would get raises and make even more money or they would move up the latter there and more money I have worked in factory for over 20 years and every factory i have worked at there are overtime it just nature of the job and always will be

        • Matt Marquardt Reply Report comment

          August 2, 2016 at 4:21 pm

          Let’s not forget, Winnebago looked at MC last year and instead chose Waverly for its new plant. Where was Bookmeyer, where was the EDC, where was the economic genius Hickey as that opportunity blew by? Answer: Perhaps they didn’t want the labor pool drained even one drop as they knew a hog slaughterhouse was on the horizon… so they made no known effort to lure this company here. Again, the people of MC lose due to inept, corrupt leadership.

          http://northiowatoday.com/2015/03/27/mason-city-once-again-passed-over-by-winnebago/

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        August 2, 2016 at 2:56 pm

        I think mason was in the running for one reason mason city is close to two major interstates the avenue of the staints and I35 sure other cities are also by major interstates but to say mason city was not in the running is wrong that one reason why prestage wanted to come to mason because of the closeness to though roads. and maybe other busines will be attracted to mason because that but i don’t think any bussiness will because of prestage

  14. mint Reply Report comment

    August 2, 2016 at 6:04 am

    In my view they after what happened to Alex Kuhn they should all be asked to resign because some bullied Alex, odd how the circumstances of Alex Kuhn’s death just get swept under the rug and business as usual.

  15. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    August 2, 2016 at 4:36 am

    I see that “Action Coach” Andy O’Brien is joining the race.
    Oh great, another O’Brien in city business.
    His wife Jodee, is the former executive director of Main Street Mason City , now United Way.
    And his son Tanner, former program director of the Mason City Chamber of Commerce, now Main Street Mason City.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      August 2, 2016 at 10:34 am

      We could do a LOT worse than Andy. Also glad to hear Max is throwing his name in. I like them both, although for different reasons.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      August 2, 2016 at 11:46 am

      Tanner left Main Street in March and is now with Cent Credit Union.

  16. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    August 2, 2016 at 2:03 am

    this foto i only see MAXZINE WEAVER

  17. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    August 2, 2016 at 1:48 am

    How many people are out there that feel “I wish I never would have voted for Bookmeyer?”

  18. mason city Reply Report comment

    August 2, 2016 at 12:41 am

    Great news after recent atrocities around here.let’s all get back to solid faithful ground. Weaver can do this we all know that
    Everyone has seen what the mayor and his crew are capable of recently.in more ways than one.

  19. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    August 1, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    Max brings balance. When half of the counsel votes to protect their own interest, max will vote to protect yours. Max, you have my vote.

  20. Tax Payer Reply Report comment

    August 1, 2016 at 10:17 pm

    Anybody but, Rick Mathes , or another real estate agent !

    Oh, and……how soon after the home inspections will property taxes increase? Just had an increase, and another in the near future?

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      August 2, 2016 at 10:18 am

      Old Dick and little Dick should be tarred, feathered and sent packing with a note that we will not be so nice to them should they show up in town again.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        August 2, 2016 at 3:39 pm

        is that how you treat people you do not agree with, maybe mason city is not the town for you

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      August 2, 2016 at 3:35 pm

      prestage being built here would have lower your taxes

  21. Pistol Pete Reply Report comment

    August 1, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    Say what you want about Max but you have to admit the does his homework and we need somebody like that to stir the kettle. Go mighty Max

  22. IowaBoy Reply Report comment

    August 1, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    MAX HAS MY VOTE!!! Everyone MUST get out to vote on this one!!!

  23. Jim Reply Report comment

    August 1, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    the people who are aginest Max are the ones destroyindour town

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      August 1, 2016 at 8:17 pm

      Bullies destroy mason City. As well as anyone that stands by and lets them have their fun.

  24. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    August 1, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    Good! we need a Pitbull on the council right now..until the lice are swept from the house, we need an experienced battler, to watch over these corrupt yahoo’s, that look out for the “circle of influence”, with no regard or respect for the community..Who else, but Max, can step in at this point, & hold them accountable?
    You don’t have to love or like him (I do) ..he’s not looking for friends, but who else can stand their ground, against the interest of “the chosen few”?

  25. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    August 1, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    Wish what you want…..seek what you will! Max has a personality but a great interest for this city…hate him/love him…”tell it like it is”…VOTE Max…he can/hopefully will contain some of the personality traits which turn people off, but heart…he has it!!

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      August 1, 2016 at 8:01 pm

      There is no containing a narcissist.

  26. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    August 1, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    Max won become of one Bookmeyers cronies. We need him on the council.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      August 1, 2016 at 7:08 pm

      *wont

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      August 1, 2016 at 7:51 pm

      Electing max would be a big mistake did not max weaver want to sell the park inn hotel on ebay that what he said when he was on the counsil

  27. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    August 1, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    WELCOME TO THE MAX SHOW. Max is one of the bullies. His delusional paranoia and Max attacks to manipulate people are the last thing Mason City needs to heal. His sing song before any statement, is designed to lull you into unthinking trance for compliance of his demands. His parting comments from the library meeting he called to heal the community after the no vote where something to the effect, approach the councilmen at church, approach their spouses, create division in the community. You see, Rick Mathes and Robin had tried to bring that dead pig back to life. Was he one of Travis Hickey’s “citizens” making unfounded accusations of an unsavory Choder/Henkel construction deal? Max will stop at nothing to destroy an opponent or a project. He will use anyone to feed his ego. Whether it’s Max, Rick, Robin, Eric, or Travis, Mason City will not support your bullying, nor will we vote bullies into office.

    • Dick Neely Reply Report comment

      August 1, 2016 at 6:56 pm

      Coo Coo whack-a-doo!!! Awe did Max pick on you? Cry baby. We need some one on the council that cares more about the well being of their own community than putting money into their wallet. Go Max!!!

      • Southsider Reply Report comment

        August 1, 2016 at 7:19 pm

        If only 1/2 of the nay sayers and whiners on this site would actually vote vs negative commenting bashing everyone else’s decisions online. Bitching and complaining poor me poor us be part of the solution not the problem. You just might get someone elected you believe could make a change, but it’s easier for you to sit at a computer and Monday morning quarterback everyone else’s decisions. Had you done so in previous elections you could have supported Matt and beat Janet didn’t happen, I see no change in this election either.

  28. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    August 1, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    It will be interesting to see who else throws their hat into the ring on this one.

  29. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    August 1, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    Go for max

  30. Allen Reply Report comment

    August 1, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    Glad to see you step up to the plate, again, Max. But be careful, as there are many cut throat, back stabbing sharks in city hall and the surrounding area. You have my vote.

  31. Anonymous Too Reply Report comment

    August 1, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    This is great news! Max is one of the best City Councilman this town has ever seen. He will be getting my vote and many others! Max on the council would be the best thing for the city.?

  32. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    August 1, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    I would never vote for him. His word is no god. He will tell you one thing and then do what gains him the most. Untrustworthy.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      August 1, 2016 at 5:47 pm

      “good” not god.

    • Allen Reply Report comment

      August 1, 2016 at 6:09 pm

      And what do you base your statement on. Just exactly what did (he) gain, from his previous 12 years on the council, and please be specific.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        August 2, 2016 at 6:50 am

        He was the main opponent against Vision Iowa and turned into a turncoat at the last minute and changed his vote. We had meeting after meeting against that downtown nothing and he was in full support. Then the traitor turned on the last vote and they got it in. How much have you benefited from that waste of taxpayer money. It was another elite project supported by Weaver.

      • No More Max Please Reply Report comment

        August 2, 2016 at 4:19 pm

        ATTENTION!

        His accomplished getting lots of attention. The goof ball is starved for attention.

    • Honest Abe Reply Report comment

      August 1, 2016 at 7:00 pm

      What is your proof? His extravagant house? His fancy cars? His successful business? Maybe he just wants to live in a non shithole town. Not to much hidden between the lines. He just looks out for his community.

      • Polio Loco Reply Report comment

        August 1, 2016 at 11:16 pm

        Amen, Abe!

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        August 2, 2016 at 3:50 pm

        I guess he has alot of time to do. See that he does not having any job and living off his wife money.