City of Des Moines, Council Position No. 5 Candidates

John Theofelis

Education: No information submitted

Occupation: No information submitted

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Tad Doviak

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Education: University of Washington, Seattle, Social Welfare; University of Washington, Tacoma, Master of Cybersecurity and Leadership

Occupation: Information Technology



I am a husband and father who wants to ensure Des Moines’ future is secure for our family and the generations to come. This is why I am running for City Council. Public safety is a priority; I will endeavor to protect our community. As a member of the Des Moines Police Foundation Board of Directors and a block watch captain I have learned communication is essential in building safe, economically vibrant, and healthy communities.

For the past ten years I have been asked to run for City Council by community members, in each instance declining. This year I have chosen to take on the challenge; addressing the problems we face requires strong leaders who are willing to form partnerships between neighborhoods, businesses, and faith communities to find solutions. Des Moines has been our home for over 15 years. I respectfully ask for your vote to serve our great community.

Traci Buxton

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Education: Northwest University, BA Behavioral Science, Magna Cum Laude

Occupation: Des Moines Councilmember, Property Management. Former: Contractor, Mental Health Professional



Des Moines is an incredible place to live, work, and play.  As your Councilmember, I have advocated for safe and diverse neighborhoods, sustainable practices, and a thriving business community with a destination waterfront.


As your representative,  I have promoted our progress on many fronts, such as; our Green Cities Partnership and Urban Forestry Fund, and championed Des Moines’ regional leadership in public safety while we implement body cameras, a Mental Health Response Team, and DUI Court. Active and personal support of our core business district, as well as our waterfront and marina redevelopment has been key in moving our city forward.


My endorsements reflect the wide diversity of our community and region, and include local and regional elected officials, unions, the Police Guild, our businesses and restaurants, and a myriad of incredible citizens.  It would be a privilege to continue to serve you in upholding our quality of life.