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New Mayor for Bloomington / Same one for Normal

Wed, 10 Apr 2013 00:43:41 CDT
By: Charlie Schlenker

New Mayor for Bloomington / Same one for Normal (Scott Black and Tari Renner)
The new Mayor of Bloomington will be Tari Renner. The Illinois Wesleyan University Political Scientist and former County Board Member handily won over John Hanson and Lex Green. Renner says voters liked the main appeal of his campaign.

Renner says by this afternoon, people will realize he was serious about his campaign themes. He says he has a busy day planned.

Second place candidate and former Alderman John Hanson says he promised his wife he will not run again, but could work to support other candidates.

Hanson objected to the State Realtors Association behaving like a super-pac and sending out five direct mailings supporting Renner saying he "has never seen private groups buy a candidate in a Bloomington municipal race." When asked directly if he thought that happened Hanson said there was a lot of money raised.

Renner says he was unaware of the expenditure on his behalf...

Renner credits part of the result to a sophisticated campaign operation that featured direct mail, detailed precinct analysis, and robocalling among other techniques

In the Town of Normal, Mayor Chris Koos won another term over Victor Connor and JeVaughn Martin. Koos says it will be his last....

Koos says he will do his best to mentor those people in preparation for that changeover and the town does more work on Uptown and addresses other projects such as east side fire service.

He says one lesson in particular can improve policy going forward and prevent backlash on certain initiatives.


In Normal Council races, incumbent Normal office holders Kevin McCarthy and Cheryl Gaines retained their seats and will be joined by newcomer Scott Preston, defeating Ron Ulmer, Gary Ohler, and Jarrod Rackauskas. Bloomington Alderman Jennifer McDade defeated her challenger Mathew Koetters. Incumbent Mboka Mwilambwe won another term over Lane Hansen. Kevin Lower defeated write in candidate Jamie Mathy. The incumbent and write-in Mathy says he will not challenge rejected write-in ballots to attempt to overturn the result. And County Board member Scott Black handily defeated Bernie Usczienski and Ryan Fiala to win a city council seat.

The City of Bloomington approved a referendum authorizing municipal aggregation of electricity buying power on the second try. But, rural McLean County voters rejected an identical proposal in spite of hundreds of examples of communities saving up to 20% on power bills though joint rate negotiations.


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