Bloomington City Democrats ceremonially launched their 2007 municipal election campaign with a joint press conference Thursday at City Hall. Mayor Mark Kruzan led the event with all Democratic city council members and candidates in attendance.
Fifth district city council candidate Isabel Piedmont said basic city issues such as infrastructure and city safety have dominated her conversations with voters in the district. She says she hopes to focus on sidewalk improvement as council member, but says it’s also the role of city government to look at bigger-picture issues. The theme unveiled yesterday for this year’s Democratic municipal campaign is “Everybody’s Bloomington.” Kruzan emphasized that while Democrats have held and expect to maintain a significant majority in city government, he says he and his colleagues strive to represent all of Bloomington’s diverse interests.
Republican mayoral candidate and city council member David Sabbagh has said repeatedly during his campaign that the Republican minority in city government has been unfairly pushed to the side. Kruzan responded yesterday by saying that a number of Republican officials have managed to work effectively with Democratic city administrations in the past. He says Thursday’s event officially kicked off the remaining months of campaigning, though he says most candidates have already gotten their campaigns started. Municipal election day is November 6, and Kruzan encouraged citizens to take advantage of early voting starting October 9.