John Hamilton files for Mayor of Bloomington

Today, John Hamilton filed as a Democratic candidate for the office of Mayor of Bloomington in the upcoming municipal election.  

“I was born in Bloomington, and my wife Dawn Johnsen and I have raised our family here,” said Hamilton. “It would be a great privilege to serve the people of Bloomington as mayor and to help this wonderful, progressive city continue to improve for all of us.” 

“During my entire career I have worked to make government serve everyone better, particularly those with less power. I’ve been dedicated to creating more economic justice and opportunity for all,” Hamilton said.

 “I’ll be an accessible, open-door Mayor, for all the creative and energetic people and institutions of Bloomington, leading a transparent and accountable City Hall to get results. When needed, I’ll take on powerful interests to protect our progressive values, as I’ve done in my career dealing with manufacturers and industry, big banks and insurance companies, developers and government. I have decades of innovative work advancing Democratic values of economic and environmental justice, women’s rights, civil rights, access to health care, and educational opportunity.”

Hamilton has extensive experience in government as well as nonprofit leadership. Under Governor Frank O’Bannon, Hamilton ran the Indiana Department of Environmental Management and the Family and Social Services Administration, and served on several environmentally focused statewide boards. He founded and serves as President of an award-winning nonprofit organization. For two decades Hamilton has led City First Enterprises in advancing economic justice and opportunity, including by providing affordable housing, financing day care centers and health clinics, and working against discrimination in financial services. As a long-time Bloomington resident, Hamilton served as the first chair of Bloomington’s Commission on Sustainability, was an elected member of the MCCSC Board of Trustees, taught government as an adjunct at SPEA, and currently serves as President of the board of the Shalom Community Center.

John’s wife Dawn is a nationally known women’s rights advocate, a professor at the IU Maurer School of Law, and a past senior official in the U.S. Department of Justice.  They have two teenage sons, Matthew a college freshman and Eric a sophomore at Bloomington South High School.

“Our Bloomington is a rare treasure of a community,” Hamilton said.  “I am eager to help lead us forward.” 


 John’s supporters include:

Tomilea Allison

Harmon Baldwin

Jeannine Bell

Kelly Boatman

Clark Brittain

Melanie Castillo-Cullather

Nick Cullather

Flo Davis

Jonathan Elmer

Rob Fischman

Cathy Fuentes-Rohwer

Kim Gray

Betsy Greene

Linda Grove-Paul

Lee Hamilton

Connie Hegarty

Harv Hegarty

Mary Mahern

Alexandra Morphet

David Pace

Beth Piekarsky

Mary Alice Rickert



Steve Sanders

Eric Sandweiss

Lee Sandweiss

Jim Sherman 

Fred Schultz

Caroline Shaw

Janet Stake

Jenny Stevens

Karen Green Stone

Rob Stone

Sue Wanzer


For more information about the campaign and to get involved, go to



John Hamilton

812-327-4311 (cell)



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  • Bruce Anderson
    commented 2015-02-04 10:18:12 -0500
    Hello Sir, potential voter.
    My name is Bruce Anderson. I see your running for the office of the mayor of Bloomington Indiana to replace the active Mayor, If you where to get the honor and respect of the vote of the people to hold the office in our constitutionally elected Representative Republic. Would you be willing help restore constitutional order to call an back the void and veto and petition the state to force a recall and void and potentially hold to account the signers to impeach and remove and take away any rights of tittles and or benefits an or to prevention to even hold another office by them for the unconstitutional acts of constructive treason to over ride the constitutional order of the Supremacy Clause or separations of powers or the compacts treaties or alliances clauses citing the May 2010 city vote with unconstitutional support the mayor Mark Kruzan that signed it into a act to stand as order and rule or law to effectively boy cott the Arizona Illegal immigration bill. Note to some degree as I understand Arizona didnot have the right to rewrite the active federal standards. Federal Immigration and Nationality Act Section 8 USC 1324(a)(1)(A)(iv)(b)(iii)

    its seams they wished to over ride the constitutional order of our Republic via the placation of mod democracy to over ride it by side stepping its restrains to back invasion or should I stress post event even in light of the Ebola mater where as the order even by congress really can’t change such things on the mass scale he wants with is better defined by terms like constitutional monarchy be dammed the point of separation’s of powers etc. the compacts clauses treaties clauses and or alliances clauses. as such would be grounds for impeachment and removal from office. As like Obama’s 1ST as should have been the last go around when he was let to over ride congress .

    Federal Immigration and Nationality Act Section 8 USC 1324(a)(1)(A)(iv)(b)(iii)
    “Any person who . . . encourages or induces an alien to . . . reside . . . knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that such . . . residence is . . . in violation of law, shall be punished as provided . . . for each alien in respect to whom such a violation occurs . . . fined under title 18 . . . imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both
    Citing Kearns Executive Orders functions: Executive orders are not mentioned by the Constitution. EO’s are NOT law. “In Article I Section I of the Constitution we learn that all legislative powers reside in Congress. The executive branch has the responsibility to execute the laws passed by Congress. An executive order is not legislation. It is an order issued by the president to enforce laws passed by Congress.
    This is backed by the declaration that the president ‘take care that the laws be faithfully executed’ made in Article II, Section 3, Clause 5. Thus, executive orders can only be used to carry out the will of Congress (which is only supposed to be passing laws in line with the Constitution), and not to issue new policy.” A typical EO might instruct the government to do no business with a country we are at war with. Executive orders ARE subject to judicial review, and can be declared unconstitutional.
    Congress is still letting EOs pass without actively stopping them. As they arre subject to judicial review, they can and should be (like the gun control EOs) declared unconstitutional and unlawful. A local (City) appropriately appointed judge can overturn any Executive Order as unconstitutional, illegal and uninforceable. If your state doesn’t have a State Defense Force – start one now! Michael Boldin on the Tenth Amendment Center news media WND 2012.

    May Be its his perspective on the type of system we are Citing, he says the most important job in a democracy is the job of citizen CHICAGO (AP) — President Barack Obama has cast his vote early for the 2014 midterm elections

    Democracy v/s, Constitutionally elected Representative republic of inalienable rights et al.
    Just after the completion and signing of the Constitution, in reply to a woman’s inquiry as to the type of government the Founders had created, Benjamin Franklin said, “A Republic, if you can keep it.” Citing {c4cg . org}

    It seams The flow of my views the courts agree with , such as I read with this piece. Federal judge finds Obama immigration action unconstitutional; exceeds executive authority

    Read more:

    Under the Logan Act that was:

    “Established back in 1799, the Logan Act makes it illegal for unauthorized American citizens to negotiate with foreign governments.

    Violation of the act is a felony, and comes with a punishment of up to three years in prison.

    In order to prosecute under the Logan Act, there would have to be sufficient proof that he was acting “without authority”

    applies 18 U.S. Code § 953 – Private correspondence with foreign governments “Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both. This section shall not abridge the right of a citizen to apply, himself or his agent, to any foreign government or the agents thereof for redress of any injury which he may have sustained from such government or any of its agents or subjects."