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I have known Karen Schmidt many years. She solicits feedback on tough issues affecting not just her Ward 6 but also city at large. She is quick to notify her email list of upcoming city meetings and safety cautions. Karen is a thoughtful steward of city finances. She works hard with residents and business owners alike to assure they have the city they want.

She has taken heat on some votes: for, human rights ordinance and increase in sales tax for mental health; against, ‘arena’ and automatic increases in fees. She was criticized by some for signing a council letter asking to pause the welcoming city ordinance for consideration of all facts and options.

Karen supports infrastructure repair and upkeep, buying, hiring local and building strong neighborhoods. She is for preserving, improving city’s historic core.

Since 2010, she has served as mayor pro tem. Vote Karen Schmidt; she is Ward 6.

Mary H. Haskell, Bloomington

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