Outcome: Kate Rosenbarger won the Democratic Party primary for District 1 with 619 votes (65.92%), compared to 264 votes (28.12%) for Chris Sturbaum and 56 votes (5.96%) for Denise Valkyrie. Full results here.
Denise Valkyrie is running for a four-year term on the Bloomington Common Council in District 1. She faces incumbent Chris Sturbaum and Kate Rosenbarger in the May 7, 2019 Democratic Party primary. No Republicans will appear on the primary ballot for this district.
District 1 covers portions of Bloomington’s west and south sides. (Click here for a map of city districts.)
According to a report in the Herald-Times, Vlakyrie’s priorities include access to health care, affordable housing and funding for public schools.
Valkyrie is an administrative coordinator at WTIU/WFIU. She is also working on an undergraduate degree in liberal studies at Indiana University.
She has served as president of the Broadview Neighborhood Association, and is a precinct chair for the Monroe County Democratic Party Central Committee. She also was an organizer for the Indiana contingent of the 2017 Women’s March in Washington, D.C.
She is married to Tom Valkyrie and has four children. She is serving as her own campaign chair and treasurer.
Links to Additional Information
Campaign website: NA
Campaign finance reports (2019 election cycle):
- Statement of organization
- Declaration of candidacy
- Statement of economic interests
- Pre-Primary Report of Receipts and Expenditures
In the News: Denise Valkyrie
Rosenbarger, Sgambelluri upend Sturbaum, Granger; Rollo, Piedmont-Smith win
– Bloomington Herald-Times, May 7, 2019
City Council Newcomers Prevail In Democratic Primary – Indiana Public Media, May 7, 2019
District 1 city council candidates talk hospital, annexation and growth – Bloomington Herald-Times, May 4, 2019
District 1 city council candidate runs on working class-focused platform – Indiana Daily Student, April 8, 2019
Council candidates say 2016 election, demographic representation made them run – Indiana Daily Student, April 7, 2019
Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce candidate forum (video) – Community Access Television Services (CATS), April 2, 2019
City council candidates discuss parking, the downtown and affordable housing – Bloomington Herald-Times, April 2, 2019
Newcomer city council candidates’ ages trend downward – Bloomington Herald-Times, Feb. 25, 2019
Newcomer Valkyrie files for city council District 1 – Bloomington Herald-Times, Feb. 8, 2019
County grants OK’d for Planned Parenthood, All Options, many other agencies – Bloomington Herald-Times, July 10, 2018
“Takin’ it to the Streets” Project in Broadview Neighborhood September 30 – City of Bloomington (press release), Sept. 25, 2017
Bring It On! (podcast) – WFHB, Aug. 14, 2017
Meet the women of the Women’s March on Washington – CBS News, Jan. 21, 2017
Hoosiers leaving for Women’s March on Washington – Fox 59, Jan. 19, 2017