Not All City Council Members Seeking Re-Election

Some are seeking another term while others are deciding to take time off for various reasons.

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Mayor Mark Kruzan's latest budget proposal uses savings to offer raises to city employees.

City Council members are currently filing for public office. Some are seeking another term and others are deciding to take time off for various reasons.

Isabel Piedmont-Smith is the first incumbent member of the Bloomington City Council to announce she is not running for re-election. She took office in January 2008 and served as the council president in 2010. However, Piedmont-Smith says she doesn’t want to seek a second term because she wants to spend more time with her family.

“It’s mostly for personal reasons,” she says.” “I just have other things that I need to concentrate on at this point in my life. My parents who are elderly are needing more time, more of my time to take care of them. And there are other priorities that I’d like to pursue.”

Piedmont-Smith says she wants to stay involved in the community and continue to work for the Department of French and Italian at Indiana University… Monroe County Clerk Linda Robbins says about half of the current council members have not yet filed to run for re-election.

“We have the three at large members,” Robbins says, “of Tim Mayer, Andy Ruff, and Susan Sandberg who are all running for re-election. Chris Sturbaum has run for District 1, Steve Volan in District 6, and Dave Rollo in District 4. But we still have openings in Districts 3, 2, and 5.”

The current council term ends in December. Piedmont-Smith says during that time she’ll continue to improve stormwater prevention in the Bryan Park Area, incorporate recycling systems in new apartment buildings, and complete the ordinance for urban agriculture… Candidates have until February 18th at noon to file for office…

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