Mayoral Candidates Challenge Each Other Over City Growth

Bloomington mayoral candidates talk on how to manage city growth.

Mayor Mark Kruzan’s eight-point plan released this morning at a City Hall press conference favors retaining green space, rather than paving over it. The mayor also spoke on how he wants to limit annexation and form a well-defined urban growth boundary for Bloomington.

“Development and how we manage it is a significant matter facing the city. Without a vision of where we are headed there is a danger of losing our uniqueness,” Kruzan said.

One of Kruzan’s primary election challengers, John Hamilton, said he agrees with the mayor’s plan, but thinks Kruzan has not produced enough results in his eight years in office.

“I think we agree on a lot of these policies, and speeches do not make things happen though. The government needs to focus on results and getting the right things done, quickly, so we can enhance green jobs, strong education and good government services,” said Hamilton.

The other Democrat candidate in the mayoral race, John Gusan, agrees with both platforms, but said Indiana University and the city need to work together more often.

“It took quite awhile for IU and the city to get together a number of decades ago on transportation. Thank god we have a good system here for those especially that cat afford it,” said Gusan.

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