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7 candidates apply to fill a Bloomington City Council vacancy

Bloomington City Council meeting
Michele Steinbacher
Jamie Mathy, third from right, resigned from the Bloomington City Council in March.

Seven candidates have applied for a vacant Bloomington City Council seat, including a man who previously served in the position.

Kevin Lower served in Ward 1 for one term before an unsuccessful bid for mayor in 2017 against Tari Renner. The other candidates who applied for the council seat are Tristan Bullington, Sean Fagan, Tim Foley, Jenna Kearns, Peggy Wade and Grant Walch.

Ward 1 includes neighborhoods south of downtown.

The applicants are seeking to replace Jamie Mathy, who recently resigned one year after he was elected to a second term. Mathy was replaced by Ward 2 council member Donna Boelen as mayor pro tem.

Mayor Mboka Mwilambwe has until late May to select a candidate, who would serve the remaining three years of Mathy's term.

This is Mwilambwe’s second council appointment in less than a year in office. His first appointment, De Urban in Ward 6, became hotly debated as the mayor cast the tie-breaking vote. Urban replaced Jenn Carrillo on the council.

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