200 years strong. And we're just starting.

In 2018, Bloomington celebrated its bicentennial. With 200 years behind us, Mayor Hamilton is leading Bloomington into the future.


Fighting for the future

In his first term, Mayor Hamilton has made building a future for Bloomington a top priority. From $200,000 first-time investments in Pre-K, to standing against "lunch shaming,” to introducing Youth Participatory Budgeting, Mayor Hamilton has fought for Bloomington's kids and youth.

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An Economy that works for everyone

Under Mayor Hamilton, Bloomington became the first Community Development Financial Institution Friendly City to bring in new investment for minority-owned businesses, community facilities, and affordable housing. The Mill opened to entrepreneurial companies and innovators and companies like Cook, Bloom, Catalent, and Secretly Canadian continue to grow. 


Upgrading City Government

Mayor Hamilton has led major investments in people and equipment across government: tripling investment in employee training, replacing worn-out fire and sanitation vehicles, protecting water quality, implementing deep transparency to city operations, and the police department earning its first-ever national accreditation. Bloomington is a city government that works.



Other Voices

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South Bend Mayor

Pete Buttigieg

"Even in a conservative state like Indiana, progressive mayors have been able to deliver for our residents, expanding opportunity and enhancing quality of life. Mayors across the state have seen John Hamilton's leadership in Bloomington set a positive example of bringing together inclusive government, progressive values, and real results."

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Gary Mayor and President of the National League of Cities Karen Freeman-Wilson

“Knowing John for more than 20 years, I’ve seen first hand his commitment to affordable housing, strong public education, and economic justice and opportunity. I know that with John’s leadership Bloomington—a progressive city like Gary—is bringing people together to improve quality of life for all its residents. I look forward to continuing to work together on all those goals we share.”


Former State Representative Christina Hale

“Mayor John Hamilton leads with conscience and intellect. Working together I’ve found him to be a doer who listens, thinks through solutions and takes timely, appropriate action. When I was a freshman legislator, John had my back in the General Assembly and I appreciate him for that to this day.”


Former Congressman Baron Hill

“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 is an excellent Mayor.”

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Former Congresswoman Jill Long-Thompson

“John Hamilton is a mayor who is always looking to the future while effectively addressing the challenges of today. He is a progressive leader who values the ideas and contributions of everyone, and he will ensure resources are used to continue building upon Bloomington's many successes”

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Former Congressional Candidate Liz Watson

“Mayor Hamilton and First Lady Dawn Johnsen have been unwavering in their commitment to equity and fairness for all of Bloomington's residents, not just the wealthy and well-connected. Bloomington is fortunate to have such a capable and experienced mayor who puts our progressive values into practice on a daily basis.”

committee members


William Hosea

Jeffrey C. Isaac

Michael Jones

David Keppel

Diane Legomsky

Guy & Connie Loftman

Bob Loviscek

Jane & Patrick Martin

Sylvia McNair

Robert Meitus & Carrie Newcomer

William Morris

Randy Paul

Jen Pearl & Larry Allen

Liz Pearson

Christie Popp

Maqube Reese

Mary Alice & Jim Rickert

Susan Sandberg

Lee & Eric Sandweiss

Benjamin SantaMaria

Fred & Jennifer Schultz

Vi Simpson

Rob Stone & Karen Green Stone

Ben Swanson

Byron Turner

Sue Wanzer

Jayme Washel

Tom Zeller & Mary Kay Rothert

Jennifer & Malcolm Abrams

Eva Rohlfing Allen

Tomilea & Jim Allison

Robert Arnove

Richard Bauman & Beverly Stoeltje

Kelly & Scott Boatman

Nicole Bolden

Geoff Bradley

Mary Catherine Carmichael

Beth & Fred Cate

Doug & Susan Davis

Gladys & Gene DeVane

Mike & Rita Drescher

Pat East

Joe & Gloria Emerson

Gavin Everett

Cathy & Luis Fuentes-Rohwer

Natalia Galvan

Forrest Gilmore

Rachel Glago

Betsy Greene

Don Griffin Jr.

Andrew Guenther Jr.

Philippa Guthrie

Kathy Gutowsky

Lee Hamilton

Debby Herbenick

Israel Herrera


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