A new representative and two familiar faces will start new terms on the Bloomington City Council in January 2022. More than 15,000 Bloomington voters cast their ballots in Bloomington’s election on November 2; that’s a 26% voter turnout.
“For this type of odd-year election, that is a strong turnout,” City Clerk Christina Scipioni said.
Newly elected City officials will be sworn in at the first January City Council meeting. Meet the recently elected and reelected councilmembers below.
Lona Dallessandro, District III
Lona Dallessandro was elected to fill the District III City Council seat following Jack Baloga’s retirement. In her career, Dallessandro has led the introduction of digital products and services for Fortune 100 companies and startups, and earned an Master of Business Administration in the process. She and her wife, Sarah, have lived in the Twin Cities metro since 2008, where they have been actively involved as lay leaders for their faith community and as supporters and volunteers for a variety of civic and environmental organizations.
“I am excited to serve District III by working to diversify our economy through innovation, focusing on environmental sustainability not just as a health imperative, but as an economic one, and ensuring that work on affordable housing includes families at all life stages,” Dallessandro said. “I will lead the community through changes needed to improve outcomes for our economy and provide opportunities for more businesses to choose Bloomington.”
Patrick Martin, District IV
Patrick Martin was reelected to represent District IV. Martin has spent his career working with churches and nonprofits across the region, equipping families with tools for success. After serving on the Parks, Arts and Recreation Commission and the Advisory Board of Health, he was elected to his first term on the Bloomington City Council in 2017. Since then, Martin has been honored to work with his neighbors building a stronger community.
“I’m committed to ensuring Bloomington is a place where every family can put down roots and thrive,” Councilmember Martin said. “I’m excited to make important investments in our east side neighborhoods, reinvigorate our parks system, and empower residents to help guide our city’s direction for years to come.”
Nathan Coulter, At-Large
Nathan Coulter was reelected to his second term on the City Council, having previously served on the Bloomington HRA board. He lives near Moir Park with his wife Charity and daughters Eleanor and Adeline. Coulter is a lifelong Bloomington resident, a product of Bloomington Public Schools, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in music and political science from St. Olaf College, and a Master of Public Administration from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.
“I’m excited to continue serving our neighbors and working to make our community better. I look forward to continuing to center our values in our budget discussions, implementing our Parks System Master Plan, and working with residents and businesses on future-focused development that ensures a thriving Bloomington,” Councilmember Coulter said.