2019 Bloomington General | District 4 Council Candidate: Dave Rollo

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.

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Dave Rollo

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 website

Email: daverollo2011@yahoo.com


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In the News: Dave Rollo

Contested Bloomington elections set for fall: None citywide, two of six council districtsB 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 PrimaryIndiana Public Media, May 7, 2019

District 4 candidates talk affordable housing, business development and other prioritiesBloomington Herald-Times, May 1, 2019

Rollo, first to introduce city sustainability, seeks fifth council termIndiana 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 housingBloomington Herald-Times, April 2, 2019

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

‘Divorced from reality’: Vote on city’s contested transportation plan postponedIndiana Daily Student, Feb. 6, 2019

Meadowood Retirement Expansion Receives Approval From Bloomington City CouncilIndiana Public Media, Dec. 6, 2018

City council postpones decision on 4th Street, Trades District parking garagesIndiana Daily Student, Nov. 15, 2018

City council rejects Century Village housing projectIndiana Daily Student, Nov. 15, 2018

Local Hunter-Led Deer Cull Approved For Griffy Lake PreserveIndiana 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 RepairsIndiana Public Media, Feb. 15, 2018

Deer Kill Debate Influences Bloomington City Council RaceIndiana 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’ MeasureIndiana Public Media, Feb. 26, 2015

Bloomington City Council Approves Tax Break for New HotelIndiana Public Media, May 9, 2013