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Here’s who's running for Bloomington City Council in 2023

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Bloomington City Hall (Holden Abshier, WFIU/WTIU News)

This story has been updated.

With the deadline to file for the upcoming 2023 Bloomington City Council election about a month out, several incumbents have not submitted paperwork.

Under the recently restructured district boundaries, districts five and six are vacant, leaving room for at least two new faces on the council.

The deadline to file is noon on Feb. 3.

To date, here’s who has filed, according to county documents:

District 1

Isabel Piedmont-Smith (D), councilor for former District 5, filed Thursday. She is running against Joe Lee (D).

Piedmont-Smith was first elected to serve District 5 in 2007 and decided not to run for re-election in 2011. She was elected again in 2015.

District 2

City councilors Sue Sgambelluri (D) from the former District 2 and Kate Rosenbarger (D) from the former District 1 will both be in the newly drawn District 2. Both have filed for re-election.

Sgambelluri and Rosenbarger were both elected in 2019.

District 3

Incumbent Ron Smith (D) has filed for re-election. He was elected in 2019. Also running for the seat are Conner Wright (D), an IU student, and Bloomington residents Carl 'Brett' Heinisch (R) and Hopi Stosberg (D).

District 4

Dave Rollo (D) is the incumbent for District 4. He is running uncontested.

District 5

The newly-drawn District 5 seat — which includes parts of what were previously districts three, four and five — has no incumbent.

Shruti Rana (D), who currently serves as the Democratic representative on the Monroe County Election Board and is a member of the Board of Public Safety, is running for the seat.

Also running are Jenny Stevens (D) and Matt Caldie (D).

District 6

District 6 is currently vacant. The candidates who have filed include IU student David Wolfe Bender (D) and Bean Appleton (D).

Read More: Candidates officially file for Bloomington mayor

At-Large Seats

Three of the city council’s nine seats are at-large, meaning they’re eligible for anyone living within the city limits.

Council President and At-large Representative Susan Sandberg (D) has filed for the mayoral race, leaving her seat up for grabs.

At-large representative Matt Flaherty (D) has filed for re-election. Jim Sims has not.

Council member Stephen Volan (D), formerly of District 6, is running for an at-large council seat.

Flaherty was elected in 2019. Volan had served as the District 6 representative since 2004.

Former city council member Andy Ruff (D) has filed for an at-large seat. Ruff has served as an academic advisor at IU Bloomington and ran for election to the U.S. House of Representatives for Indiana's 9th Congressional District.

Lois Sabo-Skelton (D), former president of the Monroe County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees, is also running for an at-large seat. Sabo-Skelton served on the school board for more than a decade. She has also served as an adjunct instructor at Ivy Tech.

Jonas Schrodt (D), a Bloomington resident and member of the city’s LGBTQ+ community, has filed for a candidate for one of the at-large seats. Schrodt serves on the executive board of the Hoosier Trails Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Also throwing his hat into the ring is Ryne Shadday (D), a local real estate agent who serves as chair of the City of Bloomington human rights and traffic commissions. Shadday is also secretary of the IU LGBTQ+ Alumni Association Board of Directors and director on the Bloomington Board of Realtors Board of DIrectors, where he also serves on various committees.

Isak Asare (D) is also running for an at-large seat.

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