Outcome: Nicole Bolden won the Democratic Party primary for city clerk with 4,530 votes. [Full results here]
Nicole Bolden is seeking re-election to a four-year term as Bloomington city clerk. She is unopposed in the May 7, 2019 Democratic Party primary and no Republicans will appear on the primary ballot.
Bolden was also unopposed in 2015 for both the primary and general election. She was the first African-American woman elected to a citywide office in Bloomington.
At that time she was Bloomington’s deputy city clerk, a position she’d held since 2010. She’d been hired in 2009 as a hearing officer for the city.
The city clerk maintains the municipal code and official records of the city council, posts public notices, certifies council minutes, processes boards and commissions openings, hears parking ticket appeals, serves as a satellite voter registration office, and performs weddings and civil ceremonies, among other duties.
Bolden is serving as co-chair for the 2019 re-election campaign of Bloomington mayor John Hamilton. She is on the board of the Foundation of Monroe County Community Schools, and is a former board member of Pinnacle School. She serves on the advisory committee for the 10/100 Committee, a group that’s raising funds to develop “a pipeline of candidates of color.”
She was party secretary for the Monroe County Democratic Party and served on the Democratic Women’s Caucus steering committee. She is co-founder of the Monroe County Indiana Democratic African American Caucus.
Bolden earned a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University in 2005 and was a member of the IU School of Law class of 2008.
Bolden has two children, Taegan and Zora. She is the daughter of Monroe County Circuit Court Judge Valeri Haughton (Division II) and Frank Motley, who retired as assistant dean of the Indiana University School of Law in 2015.
Bolden is serving as her own campaign chair. Her campaign treasurer is her daughter, Taegan Bolden-Davis.
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: Nicole Bolden
Hamilton, Smith, uncontested Democrats look to fall election – Bloomington Herald-Times, May 7, 2019
City candidates discuss inclusivity, guns at North’s election forum – Bloomington Herald-Times, April 17, 2019
Nicole Bolden files for re-election as city clerk – Bloomington Herald-Times, Jan. 14, 2019
Bring It On! (podcast) – WFHB, Feb. 27, 2017
City clerk could get pay boost, but not as much as she wanted – Bloomington Herald-Times, Oct. 4, 2016
New city clerk says desire to serve fueled candidacy – Bloomington Herald-Times, Jan. 23, 2016
Bloomington City Council remains the same, but different, too – Bloomington Herald-Times, Nov. 4, 2015
First day of early Monroe County voting draws 3 generations of politically active family – Bloomington Herald-Times, Oct. 19, 2015
Bring It On! (podcast) – WFHB, Oct. 12, 2015
Candidate responses to questionnaire – Monroe County Democratic Party, April 2015