Bloomington Indiana democratic mayoral candidate John Hamilton has lost the primary against the city's incumbant mayor, receiving 40% of the vote. Hamilton campaigned with the "Cleveland Model" of cooperative development as part of his platform.
"As The Nation wrote last year, “Something important is happening in Cleveland.” That “something” is the launch of several cooperative businesses, designed to be employee‐owned, sustainable, competitive ventures, creating local jobs and local wealth. It began with a collaborative effort of government, business, labor, universities and philanthropies, studying what business opportunities existed in the local economy. The first step was Evergreen Cooperative Laundry, a worker‐owned, industrial‐size, green laundry facility that was launched just over a year ago in an economically troubled neighborhood with a median household income of just $18,000... Here in Bloomington, we have some experience in this already, both with cooperatives, like Bloomingfoods and IU Credit Union, and with new community‐based businesses, like Middleway House’s Food Works. The Cleveland effort described above takes these ideas to a new scale, and we ought to try it here with our similarly situated major employers."