Trio of Bloomington mayoral candidates make appeal to voters

By Marshanna Hester

March 28, 2013 Updated Mar 28, 2013 at 11:03 PM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- Mayoral candidates for the City of Bloomington addressed community issues Thursday night.

John Hanson, Tari Renner and Lex Green took part in a debate at Illinois Wesleyan University. The event was sponsored by the College Democrats, College Republicans and Pi Sigma Alpha.

While all of the candidates have an interest to improve the Bloomington community, each has their own way of accomplishing that goal.

"I'm really concerned about the amount of spending and amount of debt we have here and it's very important to me that we get a handle on that," said candidate Lex Green. "That we continue to keep doing what we've been doing the last couple of years, but avoid some of those mistakes that get us further in debt."

"Economic development is a key component to relieving the property tax base issue that people complain about all the time," said candidate John Hanson. "Grow the property tax base."

"One of the things I mentioned was opening up the political process, having a mayoral open house every Friday before Monday's city council meeting, so that anybody can stop by. They don't have to make an appointment, just come in and talk to the mayor,"said candidate Tari Renner. "In addition to that, we need to fix our streets and our infrastructure."

Bloomington mayor Steve Stockton is not seeking re-election.

Early voting for the April 9th consolidated election is already underway for McLean County residents.

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