DES MOINES, Iowa — For the first time in almost a quarter century Des Moines residents will elect a new mayor. Frank Cownie announced in September he would not seek a sixth term as mayor of Iowa’s largest city.

Mayor Cownie sat down on Election Day to discuss the new stress-free feeling of not being on the ballot, his decision to endorse Connie Boesen, and words of advice to young politicians seeking local office.

You can learn more about Mayor Cownie’s impact on the city here.