Sean Starowitz Candidate Statement

To my fellow Democrats,

I’d like to introduce myself to you all and announce my candidacy to fill Tim Mayer’s At Large City Council seat. Tim is an incredible public servant that has left an inspiring mark on our city, and I hope to continue that legacy of profound and impactful City Council representation on behalf of all citizens in Bloomington.

I moved to Bloomington about a year and a half ago to serve as the Assistant Director of the Arts for the City of Bloomington. Prior to my move, I studied in the Interdisciplinary Arts program at the Kansas City Art Institute in Kansas City, Missouri. While living in Kansas City, I oversaw a variety of social justice and community driven empowerment projects that led to national recognition and promise. From 2010-2015, I was a bread baker at Farm To Market Bread Company where I led community-based initiatives that focused on food policy and social justice work within Kansas City. In late 2015, I moved to Eastern Kentucky serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the Rural Policy Research Institute. These experiences led me to my current position at the City of Bloomington. Here, I’ve implemented a variety of projects that connect and showcase the work of local artists and community members through diverse initiatives.

I’ve decided to run for Bloomington’s City Council for many reasons. I firmly believe in equitable policies that benefit our entire community. I believe we have an opportunity to redefine how our city works for all citizens, as this At-Large Council seat provides a unique perspective on decisions that affect city-wide Bloomington residents and represents all interests across the districts and council seats.

I’m running on a progressive platform that focuses on pressing issues that our city faces, including a dynamic affordable housing policy, aggressive economic and climate resiliency approaches, workforce development anchoring strategies, and inclusive next-generation leadership. Though my experience in Bloomington is limited, my position at the City has allowed me to problem solve with community residents, neighborhood groups, and businesses, always exploring and discussing their vision for the future of Bloomington.

I am honored to be considered for this position amongst a highly-qualified group of candidates, and I don’t envy the Precinct Chairs task. Regardless of the outcome in the upcoming caucus, I’m always available to meet over coffee to talk about the future of our city, county, and region. Feel free to reach out to me at starowitzprojects@gmail.com.

Thank you,

Sean M. Starowitz

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