John Hanson is one of three candidates running for Bloomington mayor. (Stephanie Pawlowski/WJBC)
By Stephanie Pawlowski
BLOOMINGTON - Bloomington mayoral candidate John Hanson said if elected, he'd like to keep a focus on economic development.
"The west side rail yards in particular are something that, while I was on the city council, we looked at. In fact One Voice took it to Washington, D.C. for potentially some funding," Hanson said.
Hanson said he'd like to try and lure or support more businesses to move to Bloomington.
Hanson is one of three men running for Bloomington mayor. He served on the city council from 2006 to 2011 and was on the council when managed competition was first proposed four years ago. He said then, he favored looking into the process.
"We were still in the process of gathering data when I was in that position," Hanson said. "Obviously there have been some things that have changed with the current council that have changed their thoughts on managed competition, so I don't know that I could fairly say that I would vote for it or against it."
The city council tabled a vote on managed competition last week.