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Incumbent Bloomington council member wants another term

Bloomington City Council member Jamie Mathy (left)

BLOOMINGTON (WEEK) - Bloomington City Council member Jamie Mathy said on Wednesday he will seek another term next year representing Ward 1.

So far, Mathy is the only candidate for the ward that covers areas south and east of Downtown Bloomington.

Mathy said "unfinished business" is his motivation in asking voters for another four years.

In a prepared statement, Mathy said there's a continuing need to prioritize infrastructure improvement and economic development "without gutting endeavors that enhance the quality of life for Bloomington’s residents."

He also believes his technology background is needed on the council to complete several city projects.

Mathy also takes some credit for the council allocating more money this fiscal year to fix Bloomington roads than all of 2000-2010 combined.

“We are working hard to make improvements to our infrastructure, but it took 40 years to get into this mess and it’s going to take a while longer to get out of it," Mathy said.

“We spent a lot of time grading the condition of every road in the city. Now, it’s time to fix those roads," said Mathy.

He said he favors prioritizing roadwork based on need rather than doling out funds equally among the nine wards.

"We need to start with those deemed to be in the worst condition and work our way up, without regard to where those roads are located within the city’s limits.”

Then Mayor Steve Stockton appointed Mathy to fill a vacant council seat in 2013, and voters elected Mathy to the post four years later.

Mathy and his wife own two Bloomington busnesses, Red Raccoon Games and The Decorators' Grocery.

He's also one of the founders and former chief technology officer of Mavidea Technology Group, which was started to provide IT support to Central Illinois businesses.

Four other council seats and the mayor's job are up for election next April. Incumbent Mayor Tari Renner said he plans to announce his intentions next month.

Howard Packowitz

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