2019 Bloomington General | District 3 Council Candidate: Ron Smith

Ron Smith won the primary and is the Democratic Party nominee for a four-year term on the Bloomington Common Council representing District  3. [Full results here]

He faces independents Marty Spechler and Nick Kappas in the Nov. 5 general election. The incumbent Democrat, Allison Chopra, is not seeking re-election.

Ron Smith headshot
Ron Smith

District 3 covers portions of Bloomington’s northeast and east sides. (Click here for a map of city districts.)

After retiring from a career with the state’s Division of Aging and the Office of Medicaid Policy and Planning, Smith now works as a care manager for Area 10 Agency on Aging. He was appointed to the city’s Commission on Aging earlier this year for a term ending Jan. 31, 2020.

The Herald-Times reported that Smith intends to focus on the needs of senior citizens, if elected.

Smith previously ran for the District 3 seat in 2011 by participating in a four-way Democratic Party primary, which was won by Marty Spechler.

Smith has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Indiana University and a master’s degree in social work from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Smith is married to Lynn Schwartzberg, general manager for One World Catering.

He is serving as his own campaign treasurer and chair.

Links to Additional Information

Campaign website: NA

Email: ronforcitycouncil2019@gmail.com


Twitter: NA

Campaign finance reports (2019 election cycle):

In the News: Ron Smith

Bloomington city council candidate forum: Indiana University connectionsB Square Beacon, Nov. 3, 2019

Inside baseball: Guenther swings away with farmers market “winning issue” accusation in District 2 city council raceB Square Beacon, Oct. 29, 2019

Bloomington city council campaign filings: Party support means Republican candidate enjoys 20-to-1 funding advantage over Democrat – B Square Beacon, Oct. 19, 2019

Key topics for District 3 city council race forum: convention center, transportation – B Square Beacon, Oct. 17, 2019

Bloomington city council candidates asked: What are you going to do to combat white supremacy in your support of the arts? – B Square Beacon, Sept. 20, 2019

Hamilton, Smith, uncontested Democrats look to fall electionBloomington Herald-Times, May 7, 2019

City Council Newcomers Prevail In Democratic PrimaryIndiana Public Media, May 7, 2019

Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce candidate forum (video)Community Access Television Services (CATS), April 2, 2019

City council candidates discuss parking, the downtown and affordable housingBloomington Herald-Times, April 2, 2019

Bloomington races not over, despite candidates’ actions; independent plans mayoral runBloomington Herald-Times, March 29, 2019

Blickensdorf drops out of city council race, resigns from parking commissionsIndiana Daily Student, March 27, 2019

Blickensdorf resigns from city council race, parking commissionBloomington Herald-Times, March 27, 2019

District 3 candidate Ron Smith to advocate for ‘responsible’ development,’ neighborhoodsIndiana Daily Student, March 25, 2019

Big Talk Interview with District 3 Candidate Ron SmithWFHB, March 21, 2019

Newcomer city council candidates’ ages trend downwardBloomington Herald-Times, Feb. 25, 2019

First day of filing kicks off 2019 electionsBloomington Herald-Times, Jan. 8, 2019