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Barge Will Not Accept Mayoral Nomination If She Wins Primary

Amanda Barge

Barge says she will not accept the nomination if she gets enough votes. (Barbara Brosher, WFIU/WTIU News)

Amanda Barge says she will not accept the Democratic nomination for Bloomington mayor if she receives enough votes in next month's primary. 

The announcement comes after Barge suspended her campaign amid sexual harassment allegations. But, her name will still appear on the ballot. 

Barge resigned as a Monroe County commissioner earlier this week. The county Democratic Party also asked her to clarify that she would not accept the nomination for Bloomington mayor. 

In a statement Wednesday, Barge wishes incumbent John Hamilton luck. 

"What's best for me, and for Bloomington, is to focus on healing and moving on," Barge says. 

Hamilton will run unopposed in the Democratic primary. Nile Arena plans to run as an independent. 

The Republican and Libertarian parties have until noon on June 30 to choose a candidate, through a caucus or convention. 

Independent or minor party candidates have until noon on July 1 to file a petition with 522 valid signatures from registered residents to be on the November ballot.

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