By: Diane Benjamin
Last Saturday the McLean County Republican Party held a debate for the candidates running for Bloomington City Council. The only candidate to decline the invitation was Jenn Carrillo who is running to replace Karen Schmidt.
The debate was filmed by the GOP and linked here in 4 parts, each around 15 minutes. https://www.mcleancountyrepublicans.org/bloomington_city_council_candidates
The first video and part of the second are introductory comments from each participant. The remaining video is responses to questions from the audience.
The third video has a question about the Welcoming Ordinance/Sanctuary City. Jeff Crabill would be a yes, I have no idea about Chip Frank, Karen Schmidt is still a no, Julie Emig likely a yes, Georgene Chissill likely a yes, Donna Boelen No because it’s a federal issue,
On the third video at 12:27 is a question about the Coliseum. Chissell speaks at 13:10. Her comments proves how the misinformation promoted in the media and by the City make her unfit for office. Candidates who believe what they are told aren’t representing citizens, they represent the City. Chissell thinks the Coliseum only loses between $500,000 and $600,000 a year but brings in much more than that in tax dollars. She also thinks the BCPA is a success. Both are false statements.
The candidates are mostly weak. Voters should be looking for leaders who know government caused the problems locally and government can not fix them with more programs. Most think they can, it just hasn’t been done right yet.
If you live in Wards 2, 4, 6, or 8 listen to what they say. Ward 8 doesn’t have a choice. That seat will be taken by a guy who thinks the rich don’t pay enough taxes and who believes in social justice. If good people don’t step up to run, this is what you get.
Your roads still won’t be getting fixed. Donna Boelen was the only candidate to mention the City is not budgeting what Public Works Director Jim Karch needs.
Two more debates are scheduled:
Tuesday, March 19—Bloomington City Council
6–7:30 p.m., Illinois State University Alumni Center
Ward 2 candidates will debate at Luther Oaks February 10th from 6-9 pm