Bloomington City Council candidate profiles: District 1

Voters in Bloomington will elect four members to the Bloomington City Council. Candidates for District 1, which covers southeast Bloomington, are incumbent Dwayne Lowman and Johnathon McClellan. Terms for all seats are four years. Council members receive $1,033 per month.

Dwayne A. Lowman

Address: 2400 W. 102nd St.

Age: 37

Family: Wife, Kellie Lowman

Education: Bloomington Kennedy High School; B.A., political science and metro regional planning, Augsburg College; International Business University of Gothenburg

Occupation: Workforce management planning analyst for Wells Fargo Co. Shareholder Division of Trust

Years lived in city: 35

Community involvement: Bloomington Fire Department pension committee, Metro Alliance for Healthy Families – chair of fundraising committee, Bloomington Sustainability Coalition

Contact information: [email protected]

Dwayne Lowman
Dwayne Lowman

Q. Why are you seeking election to the Bloomington City Council?

Dear Bloomington neighbor, it has been an honor representing you and we have accomplished a great deal. Thank you for electing me to the Bloomington City Council. During my first term on the council I worked with you on issues we care about: Reinvesting in neighborhood housing and commercial centers, increasing citizen involvement in city issues, competitive schools, safe communities and efficient, fiscally-responsible city government.

Together we can continue our work to sustain Bloomington’s economic, natural and unique other individual characteristics.

Q. Where do you see need for improvement in city government?

Making Bloomington more sustainable in all aspects will leave a lasting legacy for future generations. Nobody enjoys paying taxes, but everybody wants great services. Striking a balance between nationally recognized services and reasonable prices has created opportunities for public involvement. We need to seize this opportunity to objectively and proactively empower residents to participate in neighborhood-based decision making. I have been leading the council’s efforts related to sustainability and citizen participation.

Q. Do you agree with the city’s role and decisions regarding redevelopment in Bloomington?

The preservation of neighborhoods across Bloomington and the redevelopment of our aging business districts are areas in which we have made progress. I have been a strong advocate for maintaining our streets, timely snow plowing and continuing our Bloomington city cleanup program. I am working hard to improve our park system and recreational spaces, especially those in our district. I also championed our housing and neighborhood redevelopment initiative, which is critical to helping residents improve their homes and neighborhoods.

Additionally, I led the effort to hold joint city council and school board meetings, so that the two groups can serve you better.  I led this effort because I understand that safe, healthy neighborhoods require strong, competitive schools.

Q. Do you agree with the city’s role in organizing solid waste collection across Bloomington?

In order to ensure the program’s long-term sustainability, I led the initiative to lower fees for the spring cleanup program, Therefore, I fully support the solid waste collection program, one of only three options available under state law. The plan preserves market share for all seven haulers, creates a sustainable means to continue the spring cleanup program and offers a creative, proactive way to handle future Hennepin County legislation in this area. Rather than forcing us into a single-hauler program, this initiative creates a new organics process that I also championed, and which is sustainable. I will continue to support modification to this program, in order to put competitive pressure on solid waste collection companies to lower prices and increase choice for those who live on fixed incomes or are economically disadvantaged.

Johnathon McClellan

Address: 3900 W. 102nd St.

Age: 36

Family: Spouse, 4 children

Education: I graduated in business from South Central Technical College and Hennepin Tech, firefighting, EMT, hazmat specialist and arson investigations, continued studies in management, legal writing and research at National American University

Occupation: Retired firefighter, business consultant

Years lived in city: 7

Community involvement: Lobbying state legislators for increase in staffing of fire personnel in Minneapolis, worked with at-risk youth, Bloomington Human Rights Commission member

Contact information: mcclellanforbloomington.com

 Johnathon McClellan
Johnathon McClellan

Q. Why are you seeking election to the Bloomington City Council?

My platform is putting families first, and we have to remember that seniors are our families, too, and I will do everything in my power to protect them, and their services. I feel that the city has gone away from family-orientated policies in favor of big business and redevelopment. It’s important that we strike the proper balance between our communities and redevelopment, so we don’t hurt our families, or push our families out of Bloomington or into poverty. As a homeowner with children attending Bloomington schools, I feel I’m vested in the community and able to represent families.

Q. Where do you see need for improvement in city government?

Supporting families, and our schools more, being fiscally responsible with taxpayer dollars, listening to the people, diversifying the city’s work force, reforming Bloomington’s inspections and licensing department to be more consistent with other cities in the metro; so not to push business or families out of Bloomington; delivering on promises.

Q. Do you agree with the city’s role and decisions regarding redevelopment in Bloomington?

I do not agree with all of the redevelopment decisions the city has made but there are some projects that I do support. There needs to be a balance, and we need to consider livable wage jobs, as well as our communities, and natural spaces when choosing and supporting re-development projects.

Q. Do you agree with the city’s role in organizing solid waste collection across Bloomington?

I do not agree with the city’s role in organizing solid waste collection across Bloomington, I feel that this issue should have went to the ballot.