2019 Bloomington Primary|Council Candidate District 1: Chris Sturbaum

Outcome: Kate Rosenbarger won the Democratic Party primary for District 1 with 619 votes (65.92 percent), compared to 264 votes (28.12 percent) for Chris Sturbaum and 56 votes (5.96%) for Denise Valkyrie. [Full results here

Chris Sturbaum is seeking re-election for a four-year term on the Bloomington Common Council representing District 1. He faces Kate Rosenbarger and Denise Valkyrie in the May 7, 2019 Democratic Party primary.

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Chris Sturbaum

District 1 covers portions of Bloomington’s west and south sides. (Click here for a map of city districts.)

Sturbaum has served on the council since 2004, and was council president in 2006. He is owner of Golden Hands Construction, a local business specializing in the remodeling and restoration of older homes. He started that company in 1977.

On his campaign’s Facebook page, Sturbaum states that “there is still much work to be done” as the reason for his re-election bid. He cites planning for redevelopment of the hospital site, continued development of the Trades District and Switchyard Park, an overhaul of the city’s zoning ordinance, and consideration of a new transportation plan.

He told the Herald-Times: “I’ll really start off focusing on neighborhoods and keeping them strong, and having that local democracy work from the neighborhoods up. That’s really where a democracy works in a city of our size.”

During his tenure on council he has served on several city advisory groups, including the Historic Preservation Commission and the Plan Commission,

He is married to Barb Sturbaum, president of the Perry Township Board of Trustees. She is his campaign treasurer. Chris Sturbaum is serving as his own campaign chair.

Links to Additional Information

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Email: barbchri@bloomington.in.us


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In the News: Chris Sturbaum

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 1 city council candidates talk hospital, annexation and growthBloomington Herald-Times, May 4, 2019

Residents, council react to proposed single-family housing zoning changesIndiana Daily Student, April 24, 2019

Bloomington native Chris Sturbaum seeks fifth city council termIndiana Daily Student, April 16, 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

First day of filing kicks off 2019 electionsBloomington Herald-Times, Jan. 8, 2019

Solar panels and history clash in Bloomington’s historic districts Indiana Daily Student, Dec. 6, 2017

City Council continues to debate ongoing housing dilemmaIndiana Daily Student, Sept. 27, 2017

City council votes to go ahead with annexation discussion under current timelineBloomington Herald-Times, March 30, 2017

Guest column: Let’s demand the better option when it comes to urban planningBloomington Herald-Times, June 21, 2016

District 1 city council primary pits newcomer vs. veteranBloomington Herald-Times, April 27, 2015

Candidate QuestionnaireDemocracy for Monroe County, April 2015