Councilor Payne asked to resign

By Austin Petroski

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Community members confronted a city councilor over allegedly racist remarks.

Melyssa Kelly, a local activist, was the first Iowa City resident to speak on comments City Councilor Michelle Payne made during a Sept. 30 City Council candidate forum at Kirkwood Community College.

She urged Payne to resign.

“This is extremely shocking behavior,” Kelly said. “We don’t need racist leadership in Iowa City.”

Payne, who represents District A,...

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