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Candidate focuses on safety and economic opportunity in Bloomington council bid

Kent Lee
Kent Lee

An insurance analyst has announced plans to run for Bloomington City Council next year.

Kent Lee has worked at State Farm for 22 years. He lives in Ward 8 that will cover much of southeast Bloomington, between Mercer Avenue and Hershey Road, when new ward maps take effect after the spring municipal election.

Lee said his biggest priorities are safety, economic opportunity and infrastructure, adding he wants to focus on policies that benefit businesses.

“My parents were small business owners. I helped with the family business and saw how hard they worked to provide for me and my siblings,” said Lee.

Jeff Crabill is the current council member in Ward 8. He has not publicly said whether he will run for a second term.

Wards 1, 2, 4, 6, and 8 will be on the city ballot next spring. Ward 1 is to fill the remaining two years of former council member Jamie Mathy's term. He resigned in March.

The candidate filing period begins Nov. 21 and runs through Nov. 28.

Eric Stock is the News Director at WGLT. You can contact Eric at ejstoc1@ilstu.edu.
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