Monday Morning News March 21, 2016

Carolyn --

NOW   --    RIGHT NOW!
Early Voting Starts in TWO WEEKS!

It's time to support your DWC women candidates*** running locally.  
They are all inviting you to participate in their campaigns!

Here are some specific ways to help:

Amanda Barge for Commissioner 3
      Amanda would love to have you come to her Thursday event with some canned goods for the Ellettsville Food Pantry 279. She also needs a few more letters written on her behalf, yard sign locations and folks to walk with her. [email protected]

Darcie Fawcett for Judge Division 1
     Darcie is looking for people to walk with her in the next couple of weeks. Contact her at [email protected]

Penny Githens for Representative District 60  
     While Penny doesn't have a primary opponent, her district extends into Morgan county and she's been working really hard to make contacts and meet people there now, in preparation for the fall.   
     Penny has need for folks to walk with her (and surrogates, too!). She needs writers for letters to the editor, and would like to start talking to supporters about fundraisers and friend-raisers. She is also looking for yard sign locations. [email protected]

Holly Harvey for Judge Division 1
     Holly would like any help that fits your particular skill set! Sign locations, sign placement, letters, surrogates! [email protected]

Lee Jones for County Council at Large
     Lee is keeping her fingers crossed as she has no primary opponent right now and there are no candidates on the other side for the fall (as of yet). She asks that the DWC put any efforts to campaigns of others in the primary. [email protected]

Jessica McClellan for Treasurer
     Jessica needs help with walking partners, help with some letters in support of her candidacy, introductions to various groups that you belong to, and with social media - post your pictures with her and let everyone know she's running! contact her at [email protected]

Cheryl Munson for County Council at Large
     Cheryl needs yard sign coordinators for two areas of the county – Northwest and Ellettsville, and then the Southeast and Smithville. Email [email protected] or call 812-325-3407. See for more information about Cheryl's campaign. Thank you!

Terri Porter for Auditor
     Terri needs help in labeling postcards and also help in placing yard signs. Have some time? Send her a message! [email protected]

Julie Thomas for Commissioner District 2
     Julie Thomas, candidate for re-election as County Commissioner (District 2) is looking for yard sign hosts for the Primary and General Elections. Please send your address to [email protected]. Thank you for your support!

Joani Shields for Coroner
     Joani does not have a primary opponent and requests that the DWC efforts be devoted to those who do need help at this time. She will ask for help for the general election as she does have an opponent then.

***Candidates we’re working with this election cycle!
Endorsed Candidates* for 2016 Primary Season:
Amanda Barge for County Commissioner 3
Julie Thomas for County Commissioner 2
Lee Jones for County Council at Large
Cheryl Munson County Council at Large
Jessica McClellan for County Treasurer
Joani Shields for County Coroner
Terri Porter for County Auditor
Penny Githens for House District 60

Supported Candidates* for the 2016 Primary Season:
Darcie Fawcett for Judge Division 1
Holly Harvey for Judge Division 1
*for an explanation of the endorsement process, see or previous editions of the Monday Morning News.




March is Women's History Month!
      March is national Women's History Month and this year's theme is, “Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government.” Let's take every opportunity to celebrate the amazing women who have gone before and who continue to shape our future. For more information about the theme and honorees see
For a full-color downloadable brochure see

Caucus for Monroe County Clerk
Monday, March 21, 5:00 p.m. at the Nat U. Hill Room, Monroe County Courthouse
     There will be a caucus to fill the vacancy for Monroe County Clerk of the Courts, following the recent resignation of Clerk Linda Robbins.
Candidates are Nicole Browne, Ashley Cranor and Caren Stoll.  Only Precinct Chairs from the county central committee vote in this caucus, but folks can come to watch this process.  It's a fascinating one! Mark Fraley can be reached at [email protected].

Democratic Primary Candidates to Debate
Produced by Democracy for Monroe County
March 21 (6:45) and March 29 (6:30)
Monroe County Public Library Auditorium
     On March 21 Candidates for Congress, State Senate and Judge Division 1
SUBMIT QUESTIONS for review and possible inclusion: to Rob Deppert – [email protected] by March 20th at 6:00 pm.
     On March 29 Candidates for Treasurer, Auditor and Commissioner 3
SUBMIT QUESTIONS for review and possible inclusion: to Rob Deppert – [email protected] by March 27th at 6:00 pm.

Women's History Month Luncheon
Wednesday, March 23, Convention Center, 11:30 am
       If you're attending, please stop by the DWC exhibit, say hello and take a quiz!  If you get all the answers right, you could win a prize!!    

Amanda Barge Fundraiser
Bellinis for Barge and Food Drive for Ellettsville Food Pantry 279
Date/Time: Thursday, March 24th @5:30-7:30 pm
Location: Ridgemeade Hills -1330 Valley Forge Dr (across from Renwick)

Special Edition of WOMENSPACE on WFHB!
     For a number of years the host of WFHB’s women’s music show “Womenspace”, has been asked to put together a playlist of music to play at the Women’s History Month Lunch. That playlist was then broadcast during a subsequent edition of Womenspace. This year that show will occur on March 24 from 9-11pm on WFHB 91.3fm (98.1fm Bloomington, 100.7fm Brown County, 106.3fm Ellettsville) and streaming live at
The show can also be heard for the following two weeks via the station’s radiofreeamerica app available on the website.
     This will be a special fund-drive version of Womenspace so you can also make your donation (call 812-323-1200 or pledge on their secure website at and support women and sent a message about the importance of Women's History Month all at once!

Darcie Fawcett for Judge Fundraiser!
Please join John and Janet Decker as they host a house party for Darcie Fawcett, Candidate for Circuit Court Judge! It's Saturday, March 26th, from 2-5 pm.  Email [email protected] for directions!

Monroe County Democrats' Club Meeting
Tuesday, March 29, 11:30 a.m.
Bobby's Colorado Steakhouse
Due to Spring Break and a scheduling issue, this meeting has been rescheduled to the last Tuesday of the Month.
Speakers will be a variety of contested primary candidates.

Reception for Superintendent Glenda Ritz
     The DWC is one of the sponsors of this nice reception for Glenda Ritz that will take place on March 31, immediately before the FDR Gala. Please consider coming.
Thursday, March 31, 4-6 pm. Grazie's Italiano, North Side of the Square!

FDR Gala
Thursday, March 31, 6-8 p.m., Fountain Square Ballroom
     This fundraiser is a great way to meet candidates and fellow Democrats and learn about the party organization. It is an opportunity to support the party organization, as it works on behalf of candidates and office holders, and in the pursuit of advancing Democratic ideals and good governance at all levels. Admission to this evening of food, beverage, and GREAT company is by suggested donation, but no one will be turned away if unable to contribute. RSVP here, by e-mail, to [email protected] today! RSVP on Facebook.

DWC Karaoke Fundraiser
Sunday, April 24,  6:00pm-8:30pm at Player's Pub
You loved it last year! We had such a good time!  
Mayor Hamilton--You need to be there to defend your Karaoke King title!
Put it on your calendars now and be there! (There is good evidence that some are rehearsing right now!)

The Monroe County Election Board Announces Early Voting Dates:
We have second location for early voting!!!
Early voting for the May 3rd Primary Election will start on April 5, 2016 and end on May 2, 2016.
     Absentee Voting will be available:
at the Election Central location only at 401 W 7th St. Suite 100.
April 5-8 from 8am-6pm
April 11-15 from 8am-6pm
at Election Central and at the new second location -
Room 201-202, North Showers Building, 501 N. Morton Street:
April 18-22 8am-6pm
April 23 9am-6pm - Saturday
April 25-April 29 8am-6pm
April 30 9am-6pm - Saturday
and MONDAY May 2 8am-12pm.

Action Item - We're repeating this as the need is great! AND these positions are PAID!  
If you can't take action for yourself on these items, pass this information on to your friends.  
Check with the folks below to find out more information.

AND High School students are eligible to work in some capacities. Check out the State of Indiana's Election Day Live program that allows 16 and 17 year-olds to work.

Help Wanted 1: Can You Work Absentee Voting?
Absentee Voting begins April 5 - workers are needed:
from 8am-6pm on Mon. - Fri., April 5-29,
9am - 6pm Sat. April 23 & 30 and
8am-Noon on May 2.
If you can help please contact Karen Boswell at [email protected]

Help Wanted 2: Can You Work The Polls on Election Day as an Inspector, Clerk, Judge or Sheriff?
May 3rd is the Primary Election and with it being a Presidential Primary the Clerk's office and Election Board have beefed up the staff at several polling places, and in some cases added polling locations.
TO VOLUNTEER for this paid election activity, please let Mary Norman know via EMAIL at [email protected] or TEXT/CALL at 812-650-2823 if you are interested.  She will then forward info on training.
Our appreciation and thanks go out to ALL of you for your participation in the election process and for working the POLLS.
Do you have news items? Send your items of interest to us at [email protected]

Deadline for MMN is noon on Sunday.

Democratic Women's Caucus