Bloomington mayoral candidate John Hamilton declared victory over opponent and city council member Darryl Neher in Tuesday’s Democratic primary election.
Hamilton led the race with 3,790 votes, or 58 percent of the vote.
“The challenges that are ahead of us — and there are challenges — they’re opportunities, and it’s wonderful that the people of Bloomington said, ‘Yes,'” Hamilton said in his victory speech.
In his concession speech, Neher thanked his supporters and said he would keep his head held high.
“We are all Democrats,” Neher said. “We stand as Democrats. We will stand as Democrats together as we move forward. That’s what this is about.”
Hamilton, who ran unsuccesfully against Mayor Mark Kruzan in 2011, will now face Republican John Turnbull in November’s mayoral election.
His campaign focused heavily on preserving Bloomington’s community character, providing more economic growth and affordable housing options in the city as well as increasing transparency in local government.
Having worked with various nonprofit organizations, Hamilton touted his administrative experience and what he called his “record of results.”
The candidate served as secretary for the Family and Social Services Administration under former Gov. Frank O’Bannon and also led the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.