John Hamilton


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John Hamilton for Mayor

John Hamilton, A Proven Progressive

John Hamilton is a Bloomington native, lifelong progressive, and candidate for Mayor. Having served as the head of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, John is an experienced leader and administrator. He currently runs City First Enterprises, a nationally recognized nonprofit that provides affordable housing and combats income inequality. His wife Dawn Johnsen is a nationally recognized women's rights advocate and professor at the Maurer School of Law. They have two sons, Matthew and Eric.

  • Bloomington Native John was born here and returned in 1998 with his wife Dawn Johnsen to raise their family and work with Democratic governor Frank O'Bannon .
  • Proven Progressive A lifelong Democrat, John has dedicated his life to progressive causes and electing dozens of Democratic candidates. 
  • Nonprofit Leader His nonprofit, City First Enterprises, combats income inequality by supporting low and moderate income neighborhoods, nontraditional entrepreneurs, and access to affordable housing.
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  • Tonight John laid out his vision for Bloomington. He was joined by former Mayor Tomilea Allison and Bloomington residents Cathy Fuentes-Rohwer and Jonathan Jones. Here’s what John said:  Welcome everyone. It’s great to see all of you here. Thanks for joining us for our official campaign kickoff at Rachael’s Café. Thanks to Rachael for hosting us at this establishment emblematic of Bloomington – so welcoming. Thanks to Tomi, and to Cathy and Jonathan for those wonderful and moving comments. And … read more

  • Today, John called on Bloomington Hospital to delay a decision about whether it can rebuild at its historic downtown location until the public can have meaningful input, including open hearings and disclosure of all available information. John said, “The Hospital’s announcement is unsupported by any public evidence or discussion and is inconsistent with its position of just six weeks ago. I pledge to do everything in my power to ensure a decision is not made without full public input and to lead … read more

  • Today, John pledged to create a community-controlled, fiber-optic network to ensure that all residents and local businesses in Bloomington will have access to a fast, reliable, and affordable Internet connection. “This campaign is focused on making Bloomington a city that works for and welcomes everyone,” John said. “One important priority is to guarantee that all residents have full and reasonably priced access to the Internet. This is the 21st century equivalent of access to electricity or water. We need community … read more