Charter amendment also approved

Bloomington will have a new mayor for the first time in two decades with Tim Busse defeating Ryan Kulka in Tuesday's election. 

Mayor Gene Winstead announced in June he would step down as the council’s leader. 

In the council races, incumbents Dwayne Lowman and Shawn Nelson retained their seats, and newcomer Jenna Carter will replace Busse for his at-large seat.


Mayor - Tim Busse: 9,955 votes (55.74%); Ryan Kulka: 7,868 votes (44.06%)

Council At-large - Jenna Carter: 10,718 votes (61.75%); Brian “Clem” Clemens: 6,614 votes (38.11%)

Council District 1 - Dwayne Lowman: 2,521 votes (56.84%); Al Noard: 1,903 votes (42.91%) 

Council District 2 - Shawn Nelson: 3,050 votes (63.95%); Susan “Hofmeister” Woodruff: 1,704 votes (35.73%)

Charter amendment

Residents also voted in favor of a charter amendment that would allow the city council to adopt ordinances authorizing additional types of establishments, such as taprooms and brewhouses, to serve and sell alcohol in the city. There were 13,602 yes votes (77.27%) and 4,002 no votes (22.73%).

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