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“The opportunity is that when you get new blood, you get different perspectives,” Oleson said. “But we’re having a major change in the makeup of the council. We could have five totally green people coming in.
“If four of the five are Tea Party people, I am really concerned for the city.”
Hulting, who with Wilcox has been the most steadfastly conservative voice on the council, said he hopes people turn out for an off-year election. If they do, he said, he thinks conservatives will have a chance to become a majority on the council.
“Certainly there’s a chance; frankly, I think there is a good chance,” he said.
Peterson said he hopes voters look past political labels to temperament and decisionmaking.
“I hope we get people who are open-minded and willing to learn and don’t think they have all the answers,” he said.
A fuller look at all the Bloomington council candidates will run in the Oct. 30 West Extra.
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