BLOOMINGTON — Two new aldermen will be seated next month on Bloomington’s City Council, while voters also retained three incumbents Tuesday. Another council member, appointed earlier this year, lost his write-in bid.  

Voters elected newcomer Kevin Lower to the Ward 1 seat, incumbent Mboka Mwilambwe to Ward 3, incumbent Jennifer McDade to Ward 5, and newcomer Scott Black to Ward 7.  Incumbent Jim Fruin ran unopposed in Ward 9.

Aldermen in wards 2, 4, 6 and 8 were not up for election on Tuesday.

Lower garnered 614 votes, or almost 61 percent of the vote. He was the only Ward 1 candidate on the ballot after former alderman Bernie Anderson resigned for health reasons.  Outgoing Mayor Steve Stockton appointed write-in candidate Jamie Mathy to the seat, but his 400 write-in votes were not enough to defeat Lower.

With 581 votes, or about 53 percent, Mwilambwe defeated challenger Lane C. Hanson.

McDade won with 620 votes, or about 58 percent, in her race against newcomer Matthew Koetters, who captured 443 votes, or about 42 percent.

With 447 votes, or about 60 percent, Black beat Ryan Fiala and Bernie Uszcienski, who received 117 and 179 votes, respectively. Steven Purcell did not run for re-election in Ward 7.

Bloomington’s aldermen each are paid $4,800 annually.

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A big Thank You! to all the newcomers who stepped up and offered to serve our city. I appreciated having a choice in this election.

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