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Election 2021 - WGLT Voter Guide

WGLT is committed to helping you become an informed voter ahead of the spring 2021 elections. The primary is Feb. 23, followed by the general election April 6.

Information about mayoral forums/debates will be shared as it becomes available.

How To Vote

Bloomington Mayoral Candidates

Current Mayor Tari Renner is not seeking a third term.

Normal Mayoral Candidates

This is a rematch of the 2017 mayoral election.

Bloomington City Council

You can use the city’s map to find out in which ward you live.

Ward 1

Ward 3

Ward 5

Ward 7

There will be a primary election in Ward 7.

Ward 9

  • Jim Fruin
  • Tom Crumpler

Normal Town Council

Voters will select three candidates for at-large (townside) seats on the council.

  • Kevin McCarthy (i)
  • A.J. Zimmerman
  • Steve Harsh
  • Brad McMillan
  • David Paul Blumenshine
  • Karl Sila
  • Scott Preston (i)
  • Donna M. Toney
  • Chemberly Cummings (i)

Unit 5 School Board

There are three seats up for election. You can look up your congressional township on the McLean County GIS website.

24N-2E (one seat)

23N-2E (up to two seats)

  • Kentrica Coleman
  • Stan Gozur

24N-3E (up to two seats)

  • Jeremy DeHaai

District 87 School Board

There are four seats up for election.

  • Brigette Beasley Gibson (i)
  • Chuck Irwin (i)
  • Elizabeth Fox Anvick (i)
  • Fitzgerald Samedy
  • Jon Reed

Ways to Connect

Facebook

A candidate for Normal Town Council participated in the events that became an insurrection and riot at the nation’s capital on Wednesday.

Bill Brady
Seth Perlman / AP

State Sen. Bill Brady of Bloomington, who ran for governor three times and led Republicans in the Illinois Senate, has resigned.

Kingsley Junior High School
Google Maps

UPDATED 11:00 A.M. | Voters in the Unit 5 school district will have a lot of options when they decide who they want in charge of district policy next year.

Chiddix Junior High School front entrance
WGLT file photo

A number of newcomers are seeking more influence in education policy in Unit 5 schools amid a year in which the coronavirus has upended how children are trying to learn.

Misty Metroz
Misty Metroz

An educator with no political experience says she would bring servant leadership to Bloomington if she's elected mayor next year.

Vote sign
Ken Chui

Sarah Grammer is seeking a second term as Normal Township supervisor as the Democratic party seeks to maintain power the party seized four years ago after decades of Republican control.

Mboka Mwilambwe
Staff / WGLT

Bloomington City Council member Mboka Mwilambwe says his experience and temperament make him the best choice to lead the city, starting next year.

Koos and Tiritilli
Cristian Jaramillio / WGLT

Mayor Chris Koos and challenger Marc Tiritilli both turned in their nominating petitions to the Town of Normal first thing Monday morning to set the stage for a rematch in the mayor’s race next April.

Voting
Tim Evanson

The dust has hardly settled from the last election and candidates already are preparing to file for the next one, the municipal consolidated contests next year.

Mboka Mwilambwe
Staff / WGLT

Another Bloomington City Council member has decided against running for re-election in the spring.

Keith Moldovan holds a sign
Willis Kern / WGLT

Nearly 100 people happy with the outcome of the presidential election attended a hastily-organized event Saturday in downtown Bloomington billed as, "You're Fired! A Community Farewell for 45."

McClintock, Nick
Facebook

A political newcomer has announced a run for mayor of Bloomington. He is 29-year-old Nick McClintock, a radio technician for the Illinois Farm Bureau. He also has been a part-time producer and show host for various radio stations in Bloomington-Normal.

Mike Straza
Courtesy

The first Bloomington mayoral candidate to emerge says he would lean into his business background to help the local economy navigate the pandemic.

Jamie Mathy raising right hand
Cristian Jaramillo

Bloomington City Council member Jamie Mathy has announced plans to seek a second term on the council next year.

 John McIntyre
Carleigh Gray / WGLT

McLean County Board Chairman John McIntyre defended the county’s coronavirus response on Tuesday amid large spikes in COVID-19 cases on the Illinois State University campus, and suggested some of the criticism was politically motivated.

Tiritilli with Koos
Cristian Jaramillo / WGLT

Candidate Marc Tiritilli narrowly lost to Normal Mayor Chris Koos in 2017.

A group of civic leaders has formed a nonpartisan political action committee to recruit and support centrist candidates for the Bloomington and Normal city councils.

Mike Straza
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A second candidate has emerged for Bloomington City Council's Ward 5, which includes neighborhoods just north of Veterans Parkway and Empire Street.

Brad McMillan portait
Brad McMillan

A Bradley University professor and former congressional office manager has declared his candidacy for Normal Town Council.

Chris Koos
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

Mayor Chris Koos of Normal said Wednesday he will run for another term of office next year.

Normal City Hall
Staff / WGLT

The November election campaign season is just ramping up, but some candidates already are looking ahead to next year's municipal contests.

Like attorney AJ Zimmerman, who said Tuesday he's running for Normal Town Council.

Patrick Lawler standing downtown
Patrick Lawler

UPDATED 2:05 P.M. | A social studies teacher at Normal Community High School plans to run for Bloomington City Council.

Kelby Cumpston
Kelby Cumpston / Twitter

One candidate has already emerged in the race to succeed Scott Black on the Bloomington City Council.