For immediate release:
I, Donna Boelen, am formally announcing my intent to run for Bloomington City Council representing Ward 2.
I have been a resident of Bloomington for 26 years. My children attended District 87 schools. My son graduated from ISU. As a result, I have an emotional attachment to this City.
I have served as a volunteer with numerous local organizations, including, my Church, as PTO Treasurer, as Girl Scout Leader, Friends of the Bloomington Public Library and for 15 years at a local Food Pantry.
In the process of resolving an issue in my Ward 2 neighborhood 5 years ago, I began interacting with City Staff. Since that time I have acquired a working knowledge from the Finance Department, the Public Works Department and the Administrative Staff about how the City of Bloomington functions.
During the 5-year time frame, I have regularly attended City Council meetings and have often spoken during public comment—mainly regarding stewardship of taxpayer dollars, fiscal responsibility and the detrimental effect to the economy of raising taxes, especially regressive taxes.
I believe it is vital for elected officials to lead and serve by listening and responding to the needs of the City residents.
From the personal history afore-mentioned, it is my belief that I fit the necessary qualifications to be an excellent candidate to represent Ward 2.