Al Noard Recommended for Bloomington City Council

Al_Noard_for_Bloomington_Council.jpgVoters in Bloomington’s 1st District propelled Al Noard through the August 13 Primary and on to the November 5 General Election.

Noard is a life-long resident of Bloomington. He attended Bloomington public schools and graduated from John F Kennedy high school. He and his wife Dawn have been married for 23 years and have 2 children, who both attended Bloomington public schools.

He is the second-generation owner of a metal fabrication business that has been in Bloomington for almost 50 years. He took over and has successfully operated the business since 2000.

Al Noard has run his business through the ups and downs of the economy and feels that he has learned the importance of budgeting and allocating funds properly. “I recognize when processes needed to be streamlined and others eliminated. I understand the challenges that small businesses face and I believe that my experiences will be beneficial in making decisions for our city.”

Why is Al running for Bloomington City Council? “To represent the vast majority of Bloomington residents who would like to have more of a voice in how we are governed but who are too busy with work, kid’s activities and family responsibilities to do so. Those who, after a long week at work, don’t want to discover a new ordinance which may adversely affect their lives.”

What are a few of his top priorities?
• To preserve private property rights for all residential and commercial property owners.
• To look for ways to reduce restrictive regulations to help attract new businesses
• To help existing businesses grow and provide more living wage jobs.
• To be a voice of fiscal responsibility to maintain current property tax levels.

Bloomington Republicans recommend Al Noard for election to Bloomington’s City Council in District 1.

Bloomington Primary Results - Ryan Kulka Wins!

Voting_Day_and_sticker.jpgBloomington's Primary Election on Tuesday, August 13, narrowed the field of candidates for Mayor, Council Member At-Large and Council Member for District 1.   The top-two for each office will be on the ballot November 5.

As previously published, SD49 Republicans recommends Ryan Kulka for Mayor.


Ryan Kulka was the winner of the Primary for Mayor, with 2554 votes (38.46% ).  
Tim Busse  was a close second, with 2516 (37.89%)  and will also be on the November ballot.

Council Member at Large:

Jenna Carter 3407 (54.27%)  will face 
Brian "Clem" Clemens 2173 (34.61%) 

District 1 (8 precincts):

Dwayne A. Lowman 868 (42.49%) will face 
Al Noard 602 (29.47%) 

You may view all of the Bloomington Primary candidates/voting results (unofficial as of Aug 14) on the Secretary of State Website, Election Results page.

School Board Candidates Announced - Bloomington

August 13 was the last date for candidates to announce/file for School Board elections in our four SD49 Communities. 

Here are the Bloomingon School Board Candidate names and websites (if known; note that these aren't clickable links).  We expect to have additional website / contact details and also recommendations in the weeks ahead.

BLOOMINGTON (3 will be elected)

Maureen Bartolotta
Tami Childs
Scott Christensen
Nelly Korman
John Moravec
Mia Olson
Heather Starks


Primary Candidates Forum Videos, Statement Videos

Bloomington_City_Hall_for_Newsletter.jpgThe League of Women Voters and City of Bloomington have now posted videos for the 2019 Primary Election Candidates.

The July 10 Forum Videos

Mayoral Candidate Forum video    CLICK HERE 

The forum was summarized in our July 15 Newsletter article "Bloomington Primary Mayoral Candidates Forum Enlightens".  CLICK HERE to read that short article.

City Council Candidates Forum video CLICK HERE  

The At Large candidates forum and "no recommendation" decision were summarized in our July 15 Newsletter article "Bloomington At Large Primary A Race Among Progressives".  CLICK HERE to read that short article.

Individual statement videos

Also, you may CLICK HERE to see the individual statement videos from each candidate involved in the Bloomington Primary. These are 2 - 5 Minutes each, and the time-mark within the full video is noted for each candidate.


Tim Busse - :58
Sharon Christensen 6:00
Rainer Einsmann 7:57
Ryan Kulka 11:57 < Recommended by SD49 Republicans
Dan Niziolek 16:51

Council At Large:

Jenna Carter 21:25
Brian “Clem” Clemens 26:37
Judy Gelina 31:27
Larry James Hotchkiss 34:08

Council District 1:

Dwayne A. Lohmann 37:23
Jonathon McClellan 42:36
Al Noard 47:11

Ryan Kulka for Mayor Recommended by SD49 Republicans 2019

Ryan_Kulka.jpgThe Candidate Search Committee of the Senate District 49 Republicans met with Bloomington businessman Ryan Kulka for an extensive interview in June. Following a discussion of his background, his sense of Bloomington, and his readiness for the upcoming campaign, the Committee recommended that Republicans in Bloomington support Ryan Kulka for Bloomington mayor in the upcoming primary on August 13 and in the general election on November 5.

Kulka is the founder and president of Bloomington-based Social Boom L.L.C., a social media and digital marketing agency. He is a professional DJ and musical performer. He is also partner in Gray Duck Vodka which is a Midwest regional liquor/spirit company.
Ryan Kulka was born and raised in Bloomington. He attended Bloomington Jefferson High School and went on to study Entrepreneurship at St. Thomas University.

Randy Sutter sat down with Ryan for a 15-minute interview in late June, that Noah Harber captured on video. To view and listen to the video, CLICK HERE.

More about Ryan Kulka can be learned from his campaign website

If you like what you hear, go on-line and sign up for a lawn sign. They can already be displayed ahead of the primary. 

Early primary voting is open now, if you wish to cast your ballot before Primary Election Day on August 13.

SD49 Republicans urge you to vote for Ryan Kulka for mayor!

Bloomington Candidates for Mayor, Council

Here are the Bloomington candidates who filed (in alphabetical order by office).  All candidates were listed as non-partisan.

Bloomington Mayor

  • Tim Busse
  • Sharon Christensen
  • Rainer Einsmann
  • Ryan Kulka
  • Dan Niziolek

Bloomington City Council At-Large

  • Jenna Carter
  • Brian “Clem” Clemens
  • Judy Gelina
  • Larry James Hotchkiss

Bloomington City Council District 1

  • Dwayne A. Lowman
  • Johnathon McClellan
  • Al Noard

Bloomington City Council District 2

  • Shawn Nelson
  • Susan “Hofmeister” Woodruff

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