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Attorney to seek City Council seat in Ward 4

August 22, 2014

By Maria Nagle, The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Ill.

Aug. 22--BLOOMINGTON -- A Bloomington attorney said Friday she will seek the Ward 4 City Council seat currently held by alderman Judy Stearns.

Since 2011, Amelia Buragas has been an attorney with the Dorris Law Firm, which her father, David Dorris, owns. She lives in the White Place Historic District. She and her husband have two children. She serves on the board of the McLean County Museum of History, as a trustee for Evergreen Memorial Cemetery and a as a member of the city's Zoning Board of Appeals.

When she returned to Bloomington in 2011, Buragas said she was pleasantly surprised at how the community had changed in a positive way.

"We have more amenities than when I was growing up," she said. "They have a farmers market now and the Constitution Trail has been turned into this wonderful community thing.

"The thing is: Where do we go next? That is what draws me to this. I want to be part of that process and to bring a positive and proactive voice to the process because sometimes there is a tendency toward negativity and why we can't do something."

Stearns, who has served Ward 4 since 2007, said she wasn't ready to announce whether she will run again.

Ward 4 in central Bloomington stretches from Division Street on the north to Croxton Avenue on the south, and includes the historic neighborhoods of Franklin Park, White Place and Founders Grove.

In a statement announcing her candidacy, Buragas said her campaign will focus on issues that continue to make the city "an attractive place to live, work and play," including infrastructure, safety and neighborhood revitalization.

"This is not about spending more money, but about using what we have effectively," she said.

The election is April 7, 2015. Four other council seats also will be on the ballot.

They are currently held by Ward 2 Alderman David Sage, Ward 6 Alderman Karen Schmidt, Ward 8 Alderman Robert Fazzini and Ward 5 Alderman Joni Painter.

Painter was appointed to the Council in February to fill the vacancy created when Jennifer McDade stepped down. Whoever wins that contest will fill out the remainder of McDade's term that expires in 2017.


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