Congratulations to charter-member Green Democrats Dave Rollo and Isabel Piedmont-Smith for their victories in Tuesday’s Primary Elections. It’s reassuring to know Andy Ruff will not be alone on the council. It’s also satisfying that those who abandoned Dave got their come-uppance in his District IV council race.

John Hamilton and Darryl Neher deserve credit for a great race, as well. It’s too bad John can’t clean house at City Planning now. I hope Darryl makes scuttling the Kirkwood hotel and stripping the Plan Commission of its authority to override the community will be his swan songs on the City Council.

"I know John Hamilton well enough to know that if he truly is committed to the progressive principles of social, environmental and economic justice, he can turn Bloomington back into a model for other progressive cities and towns to emulate."

To those who told me off the record it was “sexist” to criticize the Democratic Women’s Caucus (DWC), I say, “Look in the mirror. It’s time for some serious soul searching.” I urge my friends at the DWC to stop bragging about how much money you raise and, unless your priorities change, to delete the term progressive from your mission statement.

You can do whatever you want, but if you think chromosomes and money trump principle in politics, you are anything but progressive. Besides, did raising $5 for every vote cast in District IV work? Did it hurt? Council races are won by looking the voters in the eyes, not by having the most cash on hand.

Hamilton's "progressive" message clearly ressonated with the Bloomington electorate. But his credentials are yet to be proven. John Fernandez began his political career as a Sandanista and ended up secretly siding with the I-69 money men, while publicly professing  opposition.

I know John Hamilton well enough to know that if he truly is committed to the progressive principles of social, environmental and economic justice, he can turn Bloomington back into a model for other progressive cities and towns to emulate. He has the abilities. I hope he has the vision and will.

John's, Dave's and Isabel's victories show that's what the community really wants.

It's time to stop talking like progressives and start acting like them again.


Steven Higgs is editor and publisher of The Bloomington Alternative.