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Sunday, October 20, 2019 12:00 AM

Our Opinion: Another Term for Del Toro in Ward 2

These past four years, he learned, persisted and learned some more. He has shown a willingness to take on traditions, question colleagues and senior administration, and remain accessible to citizens.

The council needs members asking the tougher questions, even when it annoys the mayor or city manager, and in our view Del Toro will continue to do that.

All in all, though he has taken some positions with which we disagree, Del Toro has rounded into a solid elected official. He receives our endorsement for a second four-year term.


Sunday, September 22, 2019 3:28 PM

Working for YOU! Vote Del Toro for City Council November 5th!

4 years ago, some said we didn’t have a rising crime problem. We were told it was only a perception despite record numbers of shots fired cases and murders in our community.
Your voices, and your votes said otherwise.

Some believed citizens were merely spectators at city council meetings there to observe only not to be active participants.
Your voices and your vote reminded us who council members truly represent.

Some said we didn’t have a spending and debt issue despite 2 back to back credit rating downgrades.  Your voices and your votes said otherwise.

When some doubted that a challenger could possibly unseat a 3-term council member, your voices and your votes proved otherwise!

And that ladies and gentlemen is how change happens. One person. One vote. One election at a time.

My name is Councilman Luis Del Toro and I ask for your support once again as I seek re-election for a second term!

Thursday, August 22, 2019 12:00 AM

Del Toro makes bid for 2nd term on Dubuque City Council official

I officially submitted my paperwork to run for re-election.  I want to continue working on building the strongest community for my children, your children and for generations to come.

Thursday, August 15, 2019 12:00 AM

City of Dubuque officials report 'no change in leadership' after closed-door evaluations

We continue to work toward finding common ground.  There was no decision yet that has come from our closed sessions when we were interviewed.  Though this reflects 'no change in leadership', this solely is based upon the recent meetings but doesn't mean changes couldn't still be seen as we continue to discuss this matter.

Friday, July 19, 2019 7:18 PM

Yard Signs and Volunteer t-shirts

Yard signs are in and available!  If you would like to request one, please go to the volunteer page and submit your request.  We’ll have a yard sign delivered to you as soon as possible!

T-shirts are also available for volunteers.  Just sign up and we’ll be happy to get shirts made for you!

Exciting days lie ahead and this campaign will need active volunteers to help re-elect Councilman Del Toro to a second term.


Wednesday, July 3, 2019 12:34 AM

2nd Ward Map

If you're unsure if you live within Ward 2, here is a map of our Ward 2 boundary.  You can enter your address to determine what precinct and polling location you can vote at.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 6:59 PM

Councilman Del Toro seeks re-election!

Councilman Del Toro will seek re-election this November as your Dubuque City Council Ward 2 representative.  Councilman Del Toro made an immediate impact after being elected in 2015.  He rolled up his sleeves and got right to work.   From advocating against and ultimately voting down budget guidelines that included double digit tax increases for some residents his first meeting, to advocating for a change in public input successfully just a few short months later.  With councilman Del Toro representing our 2nd Ward we’ve seen a new standard of transparency and most importantly, he has earned the trust of his constituents.  With so many important decisions on the horizon, councilman Del Toro vows to continue to advocate against wasteful spending and ensure we keep Dubuque viable and affordable for citizens of all ages to call home!

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 12:00 AM

Dubuque Fire Department looks to add a new fire station in the west end

Fire Station 2 has long serviced the entire West end area from its JFK Road location.  With the added city expansion to the West that has occurred, moving forward with our plan to add a new fire station to the West End is needed now more than ever.  This initiative is critical to ensuring Ward 2 citizens and West End citizens continue to receive timely, life saving, emergency responses.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 12:00 AM

Council Asks for Meeting Postponement Guidelines

As a city council, our work is to be accessible to the citizens and for our meetings to be open and also accessible.  Many scenarios like weather, natural disasters or perhaps an emergency in our city could warrant a meeting postponement.  A change to a meeting date or time currently must be approved 30 days in advance.  This leaves little room for unexpected events and I’ve advocated for a change in this policy.  Even if this policy is seldom used, it’s still an added option that would take citizens and staff safety into consideration.


Wednesday, January 23, 2019 12:11 AM

Councilman Del Toro Asks for Possible Meeting Postponement Policy

One Dubuque City Council member is proposing that the city have a policy for postponing meetings in the event of bad weather or other unforeseen events. This week’s meeting was held on Tuesday, rather than Monday, due to the Martin Luther King, Junior, Day holiday. At the time the meeting began on Tuesday, Dubuque was under a Winter Storm Warning, and many local schools and businesses had closed. That led Councilman Luis Del Toro to ask why the council hadn’t at least considered pushing back its meeting.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 12:00 AM

Dubuque City Council Cracker Barrel

"This is a great opportunity for us to be able to meet our constituents and be able to take questions from the public and just get that hands-on input," Del Toro said. "This is the first city council cracker barrel that's ever been held, so I think it's really important that we continue to get as much input as we can."

Sunday, July 1, 2018 2:10 AM

FY18 Budget Post Meeting Comments

Friday, February 23, 2018 12:00 AM

Diversity in Government

“If you start to [reserve seats for minorities], I think you start to alienate certain demographics…because even though they might be someone who could be a great leader for our community, they may not have the opportunity if a certain seat is set aside for a certain demographic or gender.”

Del Toro, who is currently a minority on the council, continued, “I think you always have to trust the citizens to be the best judges of character in being able to make that decision [of who is elected]…We have to be willing to look at the individuals as a whole…because at the end of the day, regardless of what our demographic or gender is, we’re still representing the people.”

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 12:00 AM

Reducing City Debt

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 1:22 AM

Dubuque City Council Member Balks at $27,000 pay raise for City Attorney

“This has zero to do with the job the city attorney is doing and the work coming out of her office, but the impact that it has on the city’s budget,” Del Toro said during Monday’s council meeting.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 2:00 AM

Plastic Bag Ban Discussion

It's not that I don't agree action is needed to help protect our environment.  I just felt we were progressing this discussing forward too quickly without doing our due diligence and exploring all options. 

Ultimately the state stepped in and took away our ability to ban plastic bags at the local level ..... at least for now.


Tuesday, May 30, 2017 2:36 AM

City Fireworks Ban

With the state passing a law that allowed fireworks to be sold within city limits, it put the city in a very difficult situation.  I approached this matter with an open mind and tried to share experiences from living in South Texas where consumer fireworks were allowed but also looked at other Iowa communities and restrictions that could've been put in place to find a middle ground.  Injuries can happen whether fireworks are used legally or illegally.  Education is key and was something I advocated for in addition to specific day and time restrictions plus greater fines and enforcement when they were used outside of the allowed day and time restrictions.


Monday, April 17, 2017 2:05 AM

Derby Grange Rezoning Comments

Monday, April 17, 2017 12:43 AM

Derby Grange Rezoning and Voluntary Annexation Vote

When being the 1 of the 6-1 vote out of concern for your Ward.  This concern still exists today as continued expansion to the West continues.


Saturday, December 17, 2016 12:00 AM

2016 Dubuque Chamber of Commerce Movers, Shakers and News makers

Was honored to have been recognized in 2016 as a Dubuque Chamber of Commerce inaugural Mover, Shaker and News Maker award recipient.  To have been among so many outstanding citizens in Dubuque was very humbling and to have been recognized as one of the Top 10 award winners during my first year on city council was truly unexpected.

Monday, August 1, 2016 12:00 AM

Compensation Plan for City Attorney's Office Reorganization

Monday, May 2, 2016 2:32 AM

Public Input and Meeting Time Change Discussion

Monday, April 4, 2016 12:00 AM

Placement of Public Input On City Council Agenda

Friday, April 1, 2016 12:00 AM

Dubuque to Discuss Changes to Public Input

"As city representatives, we represent the citizens of Dubuque. And I think it's very important that we stay open to how they feel about different items and I don't think they should be limited to what agenda items they can or can't speak to," said Del Toro.

Monday, March 7, 2016 2:28 AM

Final FY17 Budget Approval Comments

Monday, February 8, 2016 12:15 AM

FY2016 Budget - Getting right to work fighting for the taxpayers of Dubuque

Monday, January 4, 2016 12:00 AM

First Council Meeting - Budget Guidelines for FY2017 Vote

Friday, November 6, 2015 2:20 AM

Councilman Del Toro on Dubuque Council Win

Saturday, October 31, 2015 12:00 AM

Why I ran for Council in 2015

“I want to be an advocate for the citizens of our 2nd Ward and ensure that their opinions are being heard and represented within our City Council,” Del Toro said. “Decisions should be made based upon what we the citizens want…not what the select group of elected officials want for Dubuque only.”

If elected for City council Luis Del Toro would aim to focus on the following challenges that Dubuque faces today. First, Del Toro would like to tackle a problem of crime in the city of Dubuque. Recently, Dubuque was shaken by a series of violent crimes that took place in downtown north end district. Del Toro would like to make sure these occurrences would not escalate and that is why he wants to implement and make stronger the neighborhood watch groups, add more police officers over the next 3 to 5 years and help citizens to be part of the solution.

“We need to empower citizens to be part of the solution as well and provide them with the means to do so without fear of retaliation,” Del Toro shared his visions for Dubuque.

Another problem Del Toro looks to zero in is the debt. The City of Dubuque has a $300 million operating debt.  “Reduced Spending and Debt reduction needs to be a priority,” Del Toro declared. “Debt reduction should be our priority as this impacts all citizens. No one wants to continue to see franchise fees and taxes rise.”

Getting people to trust the City Council is another priority Luis Del Toro wants to focus on. He is on a mission to change the perceptions of residents of Dubuque and he is planning to do it through communicating better with the public and educating the residents of Dubuque about actions of the city council.

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