Right or wrong, I’m feeling a sense of accomplishment after looking over the latest batch of candidate surveys. Bike BloNo, in cooperation with GLT’s Good To Go sustainable transportation initiative, sent questionnaires to all Bloomington and Normal council candidates. All of the candidates who responded – a majority of those in contested races – are being rated as “bike friendly.” All of the candidates received a “B” or higher! I’d like to think Bike BloNo’s efforts at raising the profile of bikes as transportation has helped to build awareness of some of the issues raised in our questionnaire and that we’re helping to inform the candidates that some of their constituents are bicyclists who care deeply about the safety of everybody using our community’s streets.
We received responses from all of the candidates in contested races except for Bloomington Ward 5 candidate Lupe Diaz and Ward 8 candidate Alton Franklin. They received an “incomplete.” Their opponents took the time to respond and scored favorably. We also didn’t get a response from Ward 2 alderman David Sage, who is running unopposed. He previously voted in favor of creating the bicycle master plan that will soon be considered by the city council. Thanks to all of the candidates who responded.
President, Bike BloNo
Director, Good To Go
Not sure which ward you live in? Here’s a map.
- Ward 2 candidate – David Sage (incomplete)
- Ward 4 candidates – Amelia Buragas (A) & Jeremy Kelley (B)
- Ward 5 candidates – Joni Painter (A) & Guadalupe “Lupe” Diaz III (incomplete)
- Ward 6 candidate – Karen Schmidt (A)
- Ward 8 candidates – Diana DeSio Hauman (B) & Alton C Franklin III (incomplete)