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Mayoral Candidates Squared Off Thursday on WTIU/WFIU

Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan and his Democratic primary challenger John Hamilton squared off in a debate Thursday night.

Bloomington mayor Mark Kruzan and his Democratic primary challenger John Hamilton squared off in a debate Thursday night where both candidates were on the attack.

The city’s sewage overflow problem, B-Line Trail development and funding and the possible relocation of the Bloomington Hospital were topics on which the two candidates differed. However, both agreed the preservation and growth of the downtown area is essential.

“We don’t have a mountain, we don’t have oceans,” Hamilton said. “We have downtown. It’s one of the things that makes Bloomington special.”

Kruzan said that just as important as preserving downtown buildings is making sure those buildings are environmentally and economically efficient.

“Environmental protection is what’s going to promote the economy in the long run,” Kruzan said. “So sustainability is a big issue for both candidates and for the city council and it needs to be for government in general.”

Primary elections are May 3rd.

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