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City of Bloomington, Indiana

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John Hamilton was elected the 26th mayor of Bloomington on November 3, 2015, and took office on January 1, 2016 for a four-year term. He is focused on improving the economy - helping it become more equitable, so Bloomington works for people from all walks of life; more sustainable, so we are building a better future with today's efforts; and more productive, so we can help build value for all to share. John also is committed to increasing affordable housing in town, so the appeal and attractiveness of our community is available to a wide diversity of people throughout the city.

John is working toward a more transparent, open, and accountable government, with increased access to information for all and more active engagement with all interested residents. With greater transparency and engagement can come greater efficiency and accountability - so our city government can say what we will do, and do what we say. Check out B-Clear, the button on the city's home page for a start.

Support for public education is central to John's efforts in the city as well - including public referendums that bolster critical services in the local schools. John also emphasizes the importance of the arts, social services, and parks and trails for the outstanding quality of life enjoyed in Bloomington.

A Bloomington native, John grew up the son of a Methodist minister and a professional musician. He graduated from Harvard College and Indiana University Maurer School of Law, then had a distinguished career primarily in the public and nonprofit sectors, focused on increasing economic justice and opportunity, social and health services, civil rights, and environmental stewardship.

John founded City First Bank of D.C. (City First), a certified Community Development Financial Institution dedicated to strengthening low-to-moderate-income communities. Since 2003, City First has sparked over $1billion in investments and has become a nationally regarded community development finance organization supporting innovation and economic opportunity.

John led two Indiana agencies, advised Governor Frank O'Bannon, and served as an elected official. As the Secretary of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, he oversaw Indiana's social safety net and a staff of 10,000 with an annual budget of $6 billion. He also protected our air, water and land as Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management and served as an elected member of the Board of Trustees for the Monroe County Community School Corporation.

The First Lady of Bloomington, Dawn Johnsen, is a distinguished scholar and nationally recognized advocate for women's rights and the rule of law. She led the Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel under Attorney General Janet Reno and President Bill Clinton, was legal director of NARAL Pro-Choice America, and presently is the Walter W. Foskett Professor of Law at the IU Maurer School of Law. Dawn and John have together raised their two boys, Matthew and Eric, in Bloomington.