2019 Bloomington Primary|Council Candidate At-Large: Jean Capler

Outcome: The top three at-large vote-getters in the Democratic Party primary were Susan Sandberg with 2,993 votes (21.54 percent), Jim Sims with 2,728 votes (19.63 percent) and Matt Flaherty with 2,564 votes (18.45 percent). Jean Capler received 2,338 votes (16.82%). [Full results here]

Jean Capler is running for a four-year term on the Bloomington Common Council as an at-large councilmember. She is one of six candidates vying for three at-large seats in the May 7, 2019 Democratic Party primary. Other at-large candidates are Vauhxx Booker, Matt Flaherty, Andy Ruff, Susan Sandberg and Jim Sims.

Jean Capler headshot
Jean Capler

No Republicans have filed for the at-large seats in the May primary.

On her campaign website, Capler provides action items under four general categories: 1) integrated approaches to complex issues; 2) affordable housing; 3) transportation; and 4) substance use disorders – treatment and harm reduction.

A licensed clinical social worker, Capler works for the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana (RHI) as a resource facilitator. She has served as board vice president for the Indiana chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.

Capler is a member of the city’s Utilities Service Board, appointed by mayor John Hamilton for a term ending Dec. 31, 2022.

Capler was named 2016 Bloomington Woman of the Year, an award given by the City of Bloomington Commission on the Status of Women. She was chosen for her LGBTQ+ advocacy work as well as for working on behalf of people who have experienced brain injuries. She is a co-founder of FairTalk, an advocacy group for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality.

Capler is treasurer for the Indiana 9th District Democratic Party. In 2017, she was one of six candidates seeking to fill a vacancy on the Bloomington council following the resignation of Tim Mayer. The Monroe County Democratic Party caucus chose Jim Sims for that spot.

Capler holds a master’s degree in social work from Indiana University. She is married to Jenny Austin, a vocational rehabilitation counselor for the state of Indiana.

Shannon McCann is Capler’s campaign treasurer. Her campaign chair is Ashley Pirani.

Links to Additional Information

Campaign website

Email: jeancaplerforbloomington@gmail.com


Twitter: @jc_65

Campaign finance reports (2019 election cycle):

In the News: Jean Capler

Sandberg, Sims, Flaherty earn Democratic at-large city council nominations; Ruff out
Bloomington Herald-Times, May 7, 2019

City Council Newcomers Prevail In Democratic PrimaryIndiana Public Media, May 7, 2019

City council at-large candidates discuss affordable housing, parkingBloomington Herald-Times, May 3, 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

At-large city council candidates talk climate, development, equality at forumIndiana Daily Student, March 26, 2019

Big Talk Interview with At-Large Candidate Jean CaplerWFHB, March 14, 2019

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

Capler seeks citywide representation with bid for council seatBloomington Herald-Times, Jan. 8, 2019

‘Nobody Is Above the Law’ protest gathers activists in Bloomington Indiana Daily Student, Nov. 8, 2018

6 Democrats vie for open city council seatBloomington Herald-Times, Aug. 19, 2017

Candidate statement to fill council vacancy following Tim Mayer’s retirement Monroe County Democratic Party, August 2017

Monroe County ‘die-in’ calls attention to health care concernsBloomington Herald-Times, June 26, 2017

Jean Capler: Social WorkerBloom Magazine, June 14, 2017

BloomingOUT interview with Jean Capler

Jean Capler to receive Woman of the Year honorBloomington Herald-Times, March 22, 2016

Guest column: Don’t justify discrimination with religionBloomington Herald-Times, Nov. 12, 2014

At least 19 same-sex couples marry in BloomingtonBloomington Herald-Times, June 25, 2014