The new First Ward Alderman in Bloomington will be Jamie Mathy. Mayor Steve Stockton has announced the appointment ahead of Monday's Council meeting. Mathy, a downtown business owner, replaces Bernie Anderson who resigned citing health issues. Mathy says he's honored by the appointment and will pay attention to key issues facing the city such as economic development, and pension obligations, though he also says basic infrastructure remains key.
"People are still concerned about the roads. They want to know what's going to happen with them. You know I was talking with some folks who live over on MacArthur. They think is was fifteen years ago the last time the city did anything to the road and they've got some significant potholes."
Mathy is running as a write-in for the office against Kevin Lower, who has a place on the ballot. Lower and former Alderman Allen Gibson applied with Mathy for the vacancy. Gibson, is also supporting Lower for the office. Mayor Stockton cites Mathy's community involvement with the Sunrise Rotary, Downtown Bloomington Association, Boy Scouts, Washington elementary school, Western Avenue Community Center, Habitat for Humanity, and Illinois Symphony Orchestra Guild as evidence of local knowledge of issues and commitment. Mathy is founder and Chief Technology Officer of Mavidea Technology Group and co-owns Kelly's Bakery and Cafe' with his wife.
A previous appointment by Mayor Stockton ran into resistance from some members of the City Council. Mathy says if it is permitted, he will reach out to the Aldermen to hear their concerns and issues ahead of the potential council vote to confirm him.
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