With all precincts in McLean County reporting, it looks like Bloomington and Normal will be keeping their mayors.
In Bloomington, Mayor Tari Renner beat Ward 1 Alderman Kevin Lower with 57% of the vote.
Renner says he wants to see the city move away from divisive politics and move forward to improve infrastructure and economic development.
“Is there a metro city in the United States that has hunkered down into a corner in fear that has somehow grown its local economy? I’ve been involved in local government for 30 years and I’ve never heard of a situation like that. You have to be proactive. You have to move the city forward,” he said, after his victory speech.
And it was a tight race in Normal. According to preliminary results, Mayor Chris Koos beat out Marc Tiritilli by just 7 votes.
Koos says he didn’t expect the race to be so close. He says he and his campaign will watch closely over the next few weeks, as the official results are announced. Koos says, regardless of who wins the mayoral race, he believes the Town of Normal will continue to move forward.
“We have some projects in the community that are developing. You’re likely to see some activity at Shoppes of College Hills. The Rivian Automotive plant is a big issue. We want to see what happens on Veteran’s Parkway,” he said.
Three candidates have taken Normal’s at-large seats: Kevin McCarthy, Scott Preston, and Chemberly Cummings, Normal’s first minority council member.
Bloomington’s council seats have also been decided:
- Ward 1: Jamie Mathy
- Ward 3: Mboka Mwilambwe
- Ward 5: Joni Painter
- Ward 7: Scott Black
- Ward 9: Kimberly Bray