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Blm council hopeful plays down influence of political mentor

Thu, 06 Dec 2012 16:49:59 CST
By: Charlie Schlenker

A McLean County Board member sworn into office for a four year term this week hopes to leave the board in five months. Scott Black of Bloomington is also running for city council. Mayoral candidate Tari Renner recruited Black to run for the county board and Black acknowledges Renner is among those who suggested Black run for seventh ward alderman. But, Black says there is no danger he will be perceived as beholden to his mentor.

"I don't think so. I think I've gone a long way on my own to make a name for myself outside of Tari Renner here on the board. Tari and I don't talk about any issues. I know him very well, he's a good guy but policy or politics. I just think I can make a really good impact on the Bloomington city council."

Black says if elected he would focus on building relationships among council members to remedy the sometimes rancorous atmosphere on the council. He says he would also focus on cutting red tape for business development downtown. Black is running against Ryan Fiala and Bernie Uszcienski. A fourth candidate is likely to drop out because his residence is not within the newly drawn ward boundaries.


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