Dave Rollo is seeking re-election for a fifth four-year term on the Bloomington Common Council in District 4. He is unopposed in the race, so no election for District 4 will be held on Nov. 5, and Rollo will win the race by default.
Rollo won the Democratic Party primary for District 4 with 1,079 votes (65.20 percent), compared to 576 votes (34.80 percent) for Miah Michaelsen. [Full results here]
No Republican candidate contested the primary and the party did not “caucus-in” a candidate. No independent or write-in candidates filed paperwork to be a candidate.
District 4 covers parts of east and southeast Bloomington. (Click here for a map of city districts.)
Rollo is a partner in Stranger’s Hill Organics, an organic farm located about six miles west of downtown Bloomington. First elected to council in 2003, he is the current council president and previously held that role in 2015 and 2007.
During his council tenure Rollo has co-authored the city’s “green building” ordinance and served on several city advisory groups, including the Commission on Sustainability, the Sidewalk Committee, and the Economic Development Commission.
In 2012, Rollo chaired the Bloomington-Monroe County Deer Task Force, which recommended culling deer at the Griffy Lake Nature Preserve. That stance contributed to a tight re-election bid in 2015, when Rollo narrowly defeated Philippa Guthrie in that year’s Democratic Party primary.
In 2005 Rollo co-founded Bloomingpeak, a local peak oil awareness group. In 2007 he sponsored a resolution creating a peak oil task force for the city, which filed a final report in 2009.
A native of the Detroit area, Rollo earned an undergraduate degree in biology from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in plant sciences from Indiana University.
Rollo is married to Heather Reynolds, an associate professor of biology at Indiana University. She is Rollo’s campaign treasurer. He is serving as his own campaign chair.
Links to Additional Information
Campaign finance reports (2019 election cycle):
- Statement of organization
- Declaration of candidacy
- Statement of economic interests
- Pre-Primary Report of Receipts and Expenditures
In the News: Dave Rollo
Contested Bloomington elections set for fall: None citywide, two of six council districts – B Square Beacon, July 3, 2019
Filing deadline passes with no independent candidates for Bloomington mayor on the ballot B Square Beacon, July 1, 2019
Rosenbarger, Sgambelluri upend Sturbaum, Granger; Rollo, Piedmont-Smith win
– Bloomington Herald-Times, May 7, 2019
City Council Newcomers Prevail In Democratic Primary – Indiana Public Media, May 7, 2019
District 4 candidates talk affordable housing, business development and other priorities – Bloomington Herald-Times, May 1, 2019
Rollo, first to introduce city sustainability, seeks fifth council term – Indiana Daily Student, April 14, 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 housing – Bloomington Herald-Times, April 2, 2019
Newcomer city council candidates’ ages trend downward – Bloomington Herald-Times, Feb. 25, 2019
‘Divorced from reality’: Vote on city’s contested transportation plan postponed – Indiana Daily Student, Feb. 6, 2019
Meadowood Retirement Expansion Receives Approval From Bloomington City Council – Indiana Public Media, Dec. 6, 2018
City council postpones decision on 4th Street, Trades District parking garages – Indiana Daily Student, Nov. 15, 2018
City council rejects Century Village housing project – Indiana Daily Student, Nov. 15, 2018
Local Hunter-Led Deer Cull Approved For Griffy Lake Preserve – Indiana Public Media, Sept. 20, 2018
City council moves ahead with IU Health hospital purchase agreement after ejecting protester – Bloomington Herald-Times, April 11, 2018
Bloomington Tax Increase Would Pay For Sidewalk Repairs – Indiana Public Media, Feb. 15, 2018
Deer Kill Debate Influences Bloomington City Council Race – Indiana Public Media, May 5, 2015
Meet Dave Rollo: Incumbent for Bloomington City Council District 4 – Bloomington Herald-Times, April 30, 2015
Bloomington Council Backs ‘Super TIF’ Measure – Indiana Public Media, Feb. 26, 2015
Bloomington City Council Approves Tax Break for New Hotel – Indiana Public Media, May 9, 2013