Marty Spechler collected at least 89 signatures to qualify as an independent candidate to represent District 3 on the Bloomington city council. He faces Democratic Party nominee Ron Smith and independent Nick Kappas in the Nov. 5 general election. The incumbent Democrat, Allison Chopra, is not seeking re-election.
District 3 covers portions of Bloomington’s northeast and east sides. (Click here for a map of city districts.)
Spechler is professor emeritus of economics at Indiana University.
He previously was elected to the Bloomington council in 2011 and served from 2012 through 2015. In 2015 he entered the Democratic Party primary, seeking re-election—that race was won by Allison Chopra. Before that, he contested the Democratic Party primary in 2007, a race won by incumbent Mike Satterfield.
In 2016 he was a candidate for the District 6 seat on the Monroe County Consolidated School Corporation board, a race won by Lois Sabo-Skelton. In 2018 he was elected as a Democrat to the Bloomington Township Board.
For the 2019 city council campaign, Spechler says he favors expanding free parking downtown. He also encourages renovating older structures with rent subsidies as a way to make housing affordable. He says Bloomington should address climate change by using more solar panels and requiring environmentally responsible new construction.
Spechler is married to Dina Rome Spechler, who is a professor of political science at Indiana University.
Links to Additional Information
Campaign website: in progress
Facebook: in progress
Campaign finance reports (2019 election cycle):
- Statement of organization
- Declaration of candidacy
- Statement of economic interests
- Pre-Election Report of Receipts and Expenditures (due on Oct. 18, 2019)
In the News: Marty Spechler
Spechler’s council run is city’s first independent candidacy – Bloomington Herald-Times, June 17, 2019