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Chris Sturbaum District I Representative
334 South Jackson
Bloomington, IN 47404
(H) (812) 336-9171
(W) (812) 349-3409

Chris Sturbaum represents District One and his lived on Bloomington's west side for most of his life. Chris was Vice President of the Council in 2005 and Council President in 2006. Chris graduated from Wabash College and is the small business owner of "Golden Hands Construction," a business dedicated to restoring historic properties and general remodeling.

The experience and knowledge that comes from working on community issues and running his own business for over thirty years is an asset when making community decisions. Chris has chaired numerous committees and commissions both at the city and the neighborhood level and has had the responsibility of keeping his own employees working in good times and bad. This has given him a breadth of interest in varied topics. Chris understands the complexity of issues and how they are addressed over time by a series of decisions both large and small and by a persistently applied vision for a better Bloomington.

Since his tenure with the Council began in 2004, Chris has successfully introduced a number of policy initiatives to enhance the quality of life for everyone in Bloomington including: providing for demolition delay for historic structures, adding gender identity to the City's human rights protections, fostering social and economic sustainability through the City's new zoning laws, collaborating on the Downtown Plan, and working for affordable housing. Chris has served on the City's Plan Commission, the City's Economic Development Commission, the Historic Preservation Commission, the Board of the Urban Enterprise Association, Commission for the Bloomington Downtown and the Council's Sidewalk Committee.

Chris' continuing work to improve the quality of life for Bloomington residents includes the following. In his words:

Local government deals with many other issues affecting the everyday life of residents. The City Council is the voice for neighbors in our districts when something needs to be fixed. We work on alternative transportation, green yards, street lights, stop signs, over-occupancy of rentals, dogs, cats, chickens, and neighborhood preservation to name a few.

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