Several new faces are sitting on Bloomington’s and Normal’s councils.
In Bloomington Monday, council members and returning mayor, Tari Renner, took their oathes of office. Several alderman are returning, including Joni Painter and Scott Black. Two new members voted in, Jamie Mathy and Kimberly Bray, say they’re excited to get to work in their wards.
“I’m happy that the mayor has put a big emphasis on infrasturucture, sewers, streets. We’re looking forward to working on that and implementing a lot of projects that need to be fixed in Ward 1,” says Mathy, who did serve a on the council in an appointed position, previously.
Bray says “We’ve already had some conversations about the need for emergency services in Ward 9. Being the most remote geographically from Bloomington fire and emergency servies, we need to come up with creative solutions about how we can get those emergency services to our residents.”
In Normal, Chemberly Cummings is the first minority council member in town history. She says she’s looking forward to working for her community.
“Directly, there’s some things I’d like to see to continue to bring us together as a community to become more one. And then also continue to find more ways to help us grow and be vibrant and become more progessive,” says Cummings.
Cummings was sworn-in Monday, along with returning councilmen Scott Preston, Kevin McCarthy and Mayor Chris Koos.
Koos did not address the discovery recount that was filed by his challenger Marc Tiritilli.