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Bloomington City Council race emerges in spring 2023 election

Flowers in front of downtown Bloomington sign
Emily Bollinger
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Ten candidates will be considered for a city council seat that serves much of downtown Bloomington.

A second candidate has announced a bid to represent downtown Bloomington on the city council next year.

Jordan Baker said he plans to run for city council in Ward 6 in the nonpartisan municipal election in April.

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“My campaign is focused on the priorities of the community: public safety, housing supply, infrastructure, and business development,” Baker said in a news release. “I believe in supporting ideas based on what is best for the community, not advancing a political or personal agenda. My campaign motto is easy: keep it simple. Everyone wants a safe home, a downtown to be proud of, and a community where everyone belongs.”

Baker is a legislative aide to Republican state Sen. Jason Barickman. Baker previously ran for McLean County Board in 2020 as a Republican. Cody Hendricks, an Olympia High School history teacher and former Pekin City Council member, also has announced plans to run for the Ward 6 seat.

The ward will cover much of downtown and west-central Bloomington when new ward maps take effect next year.

De Urban was appointed to the Ward 6 seat last October, following Jenn Carrillo’s resignation.

Candidates could start circulating petitions on Aug. 30. The candidate filing period is Nov. 21-28 for the April 4, 2023 election.

Wards 2, 4, 6 and 8 will be up for election next year, along with Ward 1 to fill the remaining two years of former council member Jamie Mathy's unexpired term.

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