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.
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 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: Isabel Piedmont-Smith
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 5: Hospital, parks and transportation key issues – Bloomington Herald-Times, April 29, 2019
Council candidates discuss Fourth Street parking garage, housing development – Indiana 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 housing – Bloomington Herald-Times, April 2, 2019
Newcomer city council candidates’ ages trend downward – Bloomington Herald-Times, Feb. 25, 2019
Bloomington City Council Votes Down Fourth Street Garage Reconstruction Proposal – Indiana Public Media, Dec. 20, 2018
City council rejects Century Village housing project – Indiana Daily Student, Nov. 15, 2018
Protesters say mayor’s decision on armored truck will not end discussion – Indiana Daily Student, March 29, 2018
Council Adjourns Seconds Before Armored Vehicle Protesters Disrupt Meeting – Indiana Public Media, March 28, 2018
City councilwomen address #MeToo movement – Indiana Daily Student, Feb. 28, 2018
Bloomington City Council approves master plan – Indiana Daily Student, Jan. 19, 2018
Bloomington City Council Votes In Favor Of Granny Flats – Indiana Public Media, Sept. 7, 2017
Contested Bloomington City Council district seats go to a veteran and a newcomer – Bloomington Herald-Times, Nov. 4, 2015