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Bloomington voters elect new mayor, approve ballot question

A few familiar faces and one new representative will make up the City Council in 2020. Bloomington had a more than 31 percent voter turnout with 18,043 ballots cast in the November 5 election, according to City Clerk Janet Lewis. 

Tim Busse, below, was elected as Bloomington’s first new mayor in 20 years. He had been appointed to the District III seat in 2011. In the fall of that same year, he successfully ran for the at-large seat and has served in that role since. As mayor, Busse says his priorities will be to continue the thoughtful stewardship of tax dollars while retaining high-quality City services, actively preparing for and adapting to the city’s demographic changes and revitalizing neighborhoods and aging commercial nodes. 

“Bloomington will be bold. The City has succeeded for decades by being creative, innovative and bold, and when I’m mayor, we will continue to do that,” Busse said. 

Dwayne Lowman was reelected as the councilmember for District I. He has been a resident for 35 years and is a senior operational analyst at Wells Fargo. He was elected to City Council in 2013. 

Another returning incumbent, Shawn Nelson, was reelected to represent District II. He was elected to the Council in 2017. Nelson owns a residential remodeling company and has lived in Bloomington for 20 years. 

Jenna Carter is new to the City Council and will serve as an at-large councilmember. She has advocated at the local and state level for issues impacting the health of Minnesota communities for more than a decade. She also volunteers at Bloomington schools and serves on the Bloomington Housing Coalition, the City’s NOAH workgroup and the VEAP board of directors. 

Newly elected officials will be sworn in at the January 2 council meeting. 

More than 77 percent of voters who came to the polls voted “yes” on the ballot question that decided to remove a section of the City Charter that regulated intoxicating liquor. 

Section 12.12 of the City charter was officially removed 30 days after the election. One potential result of this change is that the City Council could create licenses to allow new types of intoxicating liquor establishments, including taprooms and cocktail lounges.