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Bloomington council member opts out for reelection run, council hopeful announces intentions

BLOOMINGTON (WEEK) - A two-term Bloomington City Council member is not running for reelection, but a resident in his ward said he wants the job.

Ward 7 council member Scott Black announced Friday he won't be a candidate for another term representing northwest Bloomington.

Black said he was married recently, and does not want to devote another four years to the job.

The municipal election is not until next year, but a prospective candidate announced his intentions later in the day.

Kelly Cumpston, an Illinois State University and LeRoy High School graduate, said on his campaign's Facebook page that he "would love nothing more than to follow in his (Black's) footsteps.

Cumpston serves on the Bloomington Property Maintenance Review Board, and said he's been involved in "numerous local efforts for economic and social justice."

In his job as a project manager for a construction company, Cumpston said he oversees affordable housing projects in the state.

Black said in a statement he's leaving the council at a time when the city is "positioned so well for the future."

 "I’m very proud of many accomplishments including the creation of the Public Safety and Community Relations Board, the West Market Street Mural, the myBloomington app, dedicated funding for mental health services, implementation of the Complete Streets and Bike Master plan, and unprecedented investments in our streets, sewers and sidewalks," said Black.

"By making my election intentions known now, I can focus on completing the work for critical issues in our neighborhood: emerging from Covid safely and quickly without leaving behind residents or our vibrant local business community, securing funding for O'Neil Pool’s long overdue renovation, and modernizing the Connect Transit intergovernmental agreement," Black also said.

Black serves on the Bloomington-Normal Convention and Visitors Bureau and is on the board for the West Bloomington Revitalization Project.

Black previously served on the McLean County Board.

Five council seats representing the odd-numbered wards are up for election in 2021. There's also a race for Bloomington mayor, but incumbent Tari Renner has not announced whether he will run for a third term.

Howard Packowitz

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