Bernie Anderson stepped down from the Bloomington City Council this month due to poor health. He also called off his re-election plan. (WJBC Archive Photo)
By Beth Whisman
BLOOMINGTON - A former city council member is volunteering to take over for Bernie Anderson in Ward 1.
Allen Gibson, former Ward 1 alderman, submitted his petition to the mayor Thursday offering himself up as a temporary replacement on the city council. Anderson recently announced his resignation due to health reasons, leading Mayor Steve Stockton to seek public applications for a possible replacement appointee.
“It would only make sense for the Mayor to appoint me to fill that temporary vacancy for the next six or seven council meetings," said Gibson in a written statement. "Since I’ve been there before, I’m familiar with the procedures, have maintained contact with the constituents, and kept up with the issues.”
Gibson is one of three applicants who have announced interest in sitting on the council until the April 9 election. The others are Kevin Lower who is on the April ballot and a write-in candidate, Jamie Mathy.
Gibson told WJBC he had no intention of running as a write-in. Gibson added he would be a neutral choice for the mayor.
"I could help (the council) a great deal because they don't have to re-educate me," Gibson told WJBC. "We're looking at the time between now and the election. Whoever wins the election, they can take it from there."
However, Lower pointed out on a Facebook post on Jan. 14 that he had accepted an offer from Gibson to advise his candidacy. He wrote: "I am very pleased and thankful for his opinion and effort as well as everyone else involved. We intend to bring the control back to the voters in Bloomington."
Mayor Steve Stockton is expected to make his decision by or before the Feb. 11 city council meeting.