2019 Bloomington General | District 5 Council Candidate: Isabel Piedmont-Smith

Isabel Piedmont-Smith is seeking re-election to a third four-year term on the Bloomington Common Council representing District 5. She is unopposed in the general election, so no election for District 5 will be held on Nov. 5 and Piedmont-Smith will win the race by default.

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Isabel Piedmont-Smith

Piedmont-Smith won the Democratic Party primary for District 5 with 1,027 votes (81.38 percent), compared to 235 votes (18.62 percent) for Ryan Maloney. [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 5 covers portions of south and southeast Bloomington. (Click here for a map of city districts.)

Piedmont-Smith is fiscal officer and department administrator for Indiana University’s Department of French & Italian, a job she’s held since 1998. She was first elected to council in 2007. Citing family obligations, she did not seek re-election in 2011, but returned in 2015 to win another four-year term.

During her council tenure, Piedmont-Smith has co-authored the city’s “green building” ordinance and served on several advisory groups, including the Plan Commission and the Environmental Commission. She currently is a member of the Common Council Land Use Committee, the Policy Committee of the Bloomington/Monroe County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), the Jack Hopkins Social Services Funding Committee, and the Public Safety Local Income Tax Committee of the Monroe County Local Income Tax Council.

She is known for holding monthly constituent sessions, which are posted on her council web page.

Piedmont-Smith grew up in Bloomington. She received a bachelor’s degree in history from Oberlin College and a master’s degree in social studies education from Boston University.

She is married to David Smith, who works for Baxter Pharmaceuticals.

Penny Githens is Piedmont-Smith’s campaign treasurer. Piedmont-Smith is serving as her own campaign chair.

Links to Additional Information

Campaign website

Email: piedmontsmith4council@gmail.com


Twitter: @piedmontsmith

Campaign finance reports (2019 election cycle):

In the News: Isabel Piedmont-Smith

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 5: Hospital, parks and transportation key issuesBloomington Herald-Times, April 29, 2019

Council candidates discuss Fourth Street parking garage, housing developmentIndiana Daily Student, April 2, 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

Bloomington City Council Votes Down Fourth Street Garage Reconstruction ProposalIndiana Public Media, Dec. 20, 2018

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

Protesters say mayor’s decision on armored truck will not end discussionIndiana Daily Student, March 29, 2018

Council Adjourns Seconds Before Armored Vehicle Protesters Disrupt MeetingIndiana Public Media, March 28, 2018

City councilwomen address #MeToo movementIndiana Daily Student, Feb. 28, 2018

Bloomington City Council approves master planIndiana Daily Student, Jan. 19, 2018

Bloomington City Council Votes In Favor Of Granny FlatsIndiana Public Media, Sept. 7, 2017

Contested Bloomington City Council district seats go to a veteran and a newcomerBloomington Herald-Times, Nov. 4, 2015