In preparation for upcoming municipal elections, we surveyed candidates with 10 questions regarding their position on a wide variety of issues affecting the McLean County business community to help you make an educated vote for the Bloomington Mayoral Primary on February 28, 2017 and the consolidated general election on April 4, 2017. The following questions were asked:
Do you consider yourself a catalyst for positive change? What are your top three priorities if you are elected to the (Bloomington City/ Normal Town) council?
In your opinion, what is the largest strength of (Bloomington/Normal)? What is the greatest challenge (Bloomington/Normal) faces? How will you face each of these?
If elected to the (Bloomington City/Normal Town) Council, how would you work with (the opposite community) to enhance and ensure regional collaboration?
How do you plan on making yourself available to not only your immediate constituents but to community groups and leaders, organizations, non-profits, etc.?
Do you consider (Bloomington/Normal) to be business friendly? Why or why not? What changes would you advocate for if elected?
In your opinion, what role does economic development play in diversifying the local economy? Should municipal government play a role in this?
Looking at the (Bloomington Comprehensive Plan/ Plan it Normal), how do you plan on engaging with its implementation?
Are you familiar with the BN Advantage? How would you engage with the Economic Development and Marketing Strategy to help competitively move this region forward? www.bnadvantage.com
How do you plan to overcome difficulties presented to the municipality by the unstable financial situation in the State of Illinois?
Are there any municipal services you feel are missing from the (Town of Normal/ City of Bloomington)? Alternatively, are there any that you view as non-essential and could be eliminated to cut costs?