2019 Bloomington Primary|Council Candidate District 3: Ron Smith

Outcome: Ron Smith won the Democratic Party primary for District 3 with 522 votes (73.73 percent), compared to 186 votes (26.27 percent) for Jim Blickensdorf. [Full results here

Ron Smith is running for a four-year term on the Bloomington Common Council representing District 3. He faces Jim Blickensdorf in the May 7, 2019 Democratic Party primary. No Republican candidates filed for this seat in the primary election. The incumbent Democrat, Allison Chopra, is not seeking re-election.

Ron Smith headshot
Ron Smith

However, on March 27, Blickensdorf announced that he has resigned from the city’s Parking Commission and was discontinuing his council campaign. The announcement came four days after the Bloomington Herald-Times published an article about Blickendorf’s 1998 involvement in the purchase of a Bedford strip club and of fines and court fees related to unpaid parking tickets.

Blickensdorf’s name will still appear on the ballot, because the deadline for removing it was Feb. 11.

District 3 covers portions of Bloomington’s northeast and east sides. (Click here for a map of city districts.)

After retiring from a career with the state’s Division of Aging and the Office of Medicaid Policy and Planning, Smith now works as a care manager for Area 10 Agency on Aging. He was recently appointed to the city’s Commission on Aging for a term ending Jan. 31, 2020.

The Herald-Times reported that Smith intends to focus on the needs of senior citizens, if elected.

Smith previously ran for the District 3 seat in 2011 and lost to Marty Spechler in the Democratic Party primary.

Smith has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Indiana University and a master’s degree in social work from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Smith is married to Lynn Schwartzberg, general manager for One World Catering.

He is serving as his own campaign treasurer and chair.

Links to Additional Information

Campaign website: NA

Email: ronforcitycouncil2019@gmail.com


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Campaign finance reports (2019 election cycle):

In the News: Ron Smith

Hamilton, Smith, uncontested Democrats look to fall electionBloomington Herald-Times, May 7, 2019

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

Bloomington races not over, despite candidates’ actions; independent plans mayoral runBloomington Herald-Times, March 29, 2019

Blickensdorf drops out of city council race, resigns from parking commissionsIndiana Daily Student, March 27, 2019

Blickensdorf resigns from city council race, parking commissionBloomington Herald-Times, March 27, 2019

District 3 candidate Ron Smith to advocate for ‘responsible’ development,’ neighborhoodsIndiana Daily Student, March 25, 2019

Big Talk Interview with District 3 Candidate Ron SmithWFHB, March 21, 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