Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan is endorsing Bloomington City Council President Darryl Neher for the next mayor.
Neher officially announced his candidacy for mayor Thursday evening.
“When Darryl Neher looks at Bloomington, he doesn’t see a city. He sees a community,” Kruzan said in a statement. “He’ll bring people together to keep Bloomington a special place using new ideas and new energy.”
State Representative Matt Pierce, D-Bloomington, is also endorsing Neher.
Neher says he is focusing on bringing Bloomington together as a community.
“This community is at its best when it’s collaborating and when government is engaged and that’s what we’re going to do in this campaign is let people know exactly what that looks like within policy,” he says.
Neher has been a faculty and staff member at the Kelley School of Business since 1996 and also has served as a radio host covering public affairs for WGCL and WFHB. He is also the host of The Weekly Special on WTIU.
Neher also plans to focus on the city’s economy, fiscal oversight and government transparency.
Along with Kruzan and Pierce, Monroe County Council member Shelli Yoder, Perry Township Trustee Dan Combs, retired MCCSC Principal Betsy Walsh, and Kiwanis Club Executive Vanessa McClary make up Neher’s campaign committee.
“We have some issues in Bloomington right now that we’re going to have to address,” says McClary. “Some issues with the parking meters and such, so the main thing is he’s going to listen and he’s going to make changes he feels is necessary and I think that’s what we need. We need a visionary.”