Organizers of a petition drive aimed at changing Bloomington's ward system to one with at-large representation say they have plenty of signatures to get the issue on the spring ballot. Rob Fazzini, who is an alderman but says he's been acting as a private citizen, has been spearheading the drive. He says only a handful of people out the 1,300 who signed said it shouldn't be on the ballot. And he says most who signed favor having three at-large aldermen.
"Between 80% and 90% of the people who signed the petitions not only wanted it on the ballot but were in favor of it. But, that's just the people we got. I mean, we got 1,300. We have 76,000 people in town so we don't want to say that we represent everybody."
A minimum of 972 valid signatures are required to get the issue on the March 18th ballot. Some opposing at-large aldermen say it diminishes citizen representation on the council and makes it tougher for average citizens to get elected. Fazzini says he looks forward to a nearly three month education period to set the record straight.
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