THE RIGHT CHOICE FOR A PROGRESSIVE BLOOMINGTON
“After my 13 years as Mayor, I know what to look for in a candidate: administrative experience and devotion to community. John’s commitment to Bloomington and progressive values make him the right choice for Bloomington.”
“John has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of Hoosiers across the state, fighting for working folks and helping those in need. I’ve known him for more than 20 years. With his experience and lifelong Democratic values, John will be an excellent Mayor.”
“John has been a tireless advocate for public education. As mayor, he’ll fight for our schools.”
SUSTAINABLE JOBS: John will lead a full-court press to create sustainable new jobs encouraging an entrepreneurial economy based on innovation and creativity. That means establishing progressive policies and approaches that encourage local entrepreneurs, including investing in city-wide broadband to cut business costs, providing loans and infrastructure to local small businesses, and working to develop our downtown tech park.
AFFORDABLE HOUSING: We must address our lack of affordable housing head on. For Bloomington to maintain its unique character, it must be affordable to people of all backgrounds and life approaches. As mayor, John will implement permanent affordability requirements, make homeownership a reality to Bloomington residents, and work with organizations fighting to end homelessness.
CHAMPIONING OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS: John believes it is part of the mayor's job to champion education, particularly at this time of unprecedented assault and challenges, and he will provide strong leadership in protecting and improving our public schools. John will help create a stronger environment that supports better schools and student achievement by focusing city services and resources. And, John will be a fierce advocate for parents, students, and our public school teachers and administrators to protect public schools from destructive Republican policies.
OPEN GOVERNMENT AND PROMOTING DEMOCRATIC ENGAGEMENT: As mayor, John will be committed to transparency that gives the public access to the city, online, and in person. John will throw open the doors of City Hall by holding regular town hall meetings, neighborhood and online forums and full disclosing publicly available information. And John will help give citizens a direct voice with participatory budgeting, which will allow residents, through a democratic voting process to decide how some of the city's funds that affect their neighborhoods will be spent.
PROTECTING BLOOMINGTON’S UNIQUE AESTHETIC: In keeping with Bloomington’s distinction as one of “American’s most beautiful cities”, John will make sure that the city enacts and enforces stricter guidelines on future development by closing damaging loopholes, and protecting our downtown from inappropriate development.
John Hamilton is a life-long Democrat and progressive activist. Hamilton was appointed by Governor Frank O’Bannon to lead two state agencies, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management and the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, both of which were cited for innovation and quality management. As director of the Family and Social Services Administration, Hamilton managed over 10,000 employees and a six billion dollar budget and increased internal audits by 50% to reduce waste and fraud. He also founded a non-profit, City First Enterprises, to promote and finance community development.
John Outlines Tighter Fiscal Controls and More Open Government
Citing recent examples of employee misuse of public funds, John today pledged to tighten fiscal controls and run a more open, accountable, and responsible City Hall. “Preventing corrupt activities and making government more efficient requires engagement and transparency,” said John. “Because of my background running state agencies and regulated financial institutions, I have the experience to know the need for checks and balances, segregation of duties, independent oversight, and clear […]