Primary election to be held in Bloomington

The turnout for an off-year primary election is typically light, but several candidates will be vying for those precious votes in August, as Bloomington will hold a primary for two of its city council seats.

Four candidates filed for the council’s at-large seat up for election in November, and those four will be whittled down to two, as specified by the city’s charter. The primary election will be held Tuesday, Aug. 8.

And voters in District 2, which represents eight precincts covering neighborhoods in southwest Bloomington, will have added incentive to find their way to the polls in two months, as five candidates have filed for that seat.

The at-large seat candidates are Michael Arulfo, Nathan Coulter, Kim Vlaisavljevich and Susan “Hofmeister” Woodruff. Vlaisavljevich was appointed by the council to fill the vacant seat last year, and the winner of November’s election will serve four years, as Vlaisavljevich is completing the current term.

The District 2 candidates are Lenny Klevan Schmitz, Cheryl Lewis, Shawn Nelson and Eldon Spencer. Spencer was appointed by the council to fill the vacant seat earlier this year while Schmitz was one of four finalists the council considered for the position. The winner of November’s election will serve the final two of years of the current term.

Voters in District 3 will have two choices when they head to the general election polls in November. Incumbent Jack Baloga is being challenged by Larry Frost. The district includes nine precincts in the northern and western half of the city.

In District 4, Patrick Martin is challenging incumbent Jon Oleson for the seat representing seven precincts in the northeastern portion of the city.

November’s election will not include federal, state or county offices, but there will be a Bloomington Board of Education election. Since the school board does not have a primary election, its filing period is Aug. 1-15.

Absentee voting beings June 23. Candidate information will appear in the July 27 edition of the Sun Current.

Voting and election information is available online at