Tomorrow marks the first day for candidates to file for the municipal elections.
“That’s what city elections are about. Defining what we want Bloomington to be. That’s why today I’m announcing that I’m running for mayor of the city of Bloomington,” said Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan.
This morning at the John Waldron Arts Center in downtown Bloomington, Kruzan announced his decision to run for his third term as the city’s mayor. Kruzan says he wants to keep progressing Bloomington’s livability.
“So really doing the job is large part running for office and an election is bit of a referendum on how people feel you have been doing the job.”
Following this morning’s announcement, former school board member John Hamilton said he is considering opposing the mayor in the upcoming democratic primary.
“I think after 8 years, it is a reasonable time to explore whether fresh new ideas of progressive opportunities that might be persuaded,” said Hamilton. “I haven’t made a decision, but I think the city has challenges ahead of us and having that kind of discussion is a healthy thing.”
Hamilton is the husband of Indiana University law professor Dawn Johnsen. Johnsen was nominated to head the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel, but she ultimately withdrew her name from consideration. Hamilton says he’ll announce his decision next week. The deadline to file for office in Indiana is noon on February 18th.