Next-generation leadership for Bloomington

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Together we can build a better Bloomington for today and tomorrow.



Matt is running for City Council because he believes we need next-generation leaders who will keep Bloomington moving forward on progressive values, and who will work to promote the social, economic, and environmental sustainability of our community.


climate action and resilience

Taking seriously the challenges presented by climate change. Using this unique moment in our history as an opportunity for positive transformation — to pursue systems-level changes that enhance fairness and opportunity for all.

Social and economic Equity

Pursuing policies in our built environment and economic system that increase social, racial, economic, and intergenerational justice. Prioritizing the long-term sustainability and livability of our community.


accessible city government

Making city government more transparent, inclusive, and accessible. Making research-backed, evidence-based decisions. Working more collaboratively and proactively to better serve our whole community and leave no one behind.

Matt Flaherty will bring new energy to the challenges facing our community. He has a rare combination of education, hands-on experience, and vision to help guide Bloomington toward a more progressive, just, and sustainable future.
— Lisa Sideris
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About Matt

Matt first moved to Bloomington in 2007 to attend IU’s Maurer School of Law. Following law school, he practiced law in Chicago, where he was able to provide over 400 hours of pro bono legal service protecting victims of domestic violence and helping asylum seekers. Matt returned to Bloomington in 2013 and has spent a number of years competing as a professional runner, while also pursuing freelance journalism and building a small business coaching runners. He lives in Bryan Park and is proud to call Bloomington home.

Most recently, Matt has returned to IU’s School of Public Environmental Affairs, where he is pursuing dual master’s degrees. He made this mid-career change in order to work in the public interest on climate change policy, which he sees as one of the defining challenges of our time. Matt believes that climate change is fundamentally a matter of social and intergenerational justice.


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