Monday Morning News 04/09/18

It was a big week for the DWC!
At our Friday breakfast meeting we heard from the Indiana Democratic Party Deputy Chair for Engagement Dana Black and our featured speaker Indiana House Candidate Poonam Gill (who is running against Brian Bosma). E. Thomasina Marsili, running for State Representative in District 46 also spoke. They all stressed the importance of engaging their constituents by listening to their needs, of supporting education and civic education, and of using evidence based information in formulating policy. Many of our endorsed and supported candidates also spoke. Photos from the Breakfast can be found on the DWC Facebook page.


Poonam Gill, candidate for IN Rep, District 88 speaks at the DWC Breakfast

And on Sunday it was Karaoke! We had a great crowd, candidate singers, challenges and trivia, great food and drink and a good time to socialize with fellow democrats. Everyone had a lot of fun and we raised around $2000 to benefit our candidates. Highlights included Liz Watson, Dan Cannon and Rob Chatlos performing their version of “Lean On Me” as a trio, showing that Democrats can indeed work together for the common good. Check out the pictures here. Congratulations to Erika Oliphant who took home the grand prize and to Dan Cannon and Liz Watson who placed second and third respectively.

IMG_3282.jpg Erika Oliphant winner of the 2018 DWC Karaoke Title

And now it’s back to the hard work of getting women elected to office. Early voting starts tomorrow at Election Central. The Primary is a scant 30 days away on May 8.
Check out the list of DWC Endorsed and Supported Candidates on our website… links to their websites and Facebook pages are there so you can contact them and help them with their needs. The Monroe County Democratic Party has gone live with Candidate Information Central and we will shortly link our candidate information to their site as well. Sign up to work at the polls on election day or for DWC point of Sales help during early voting and on May 8. Get out and vote and make sure your friends get out and vote as well!!!


Action Item(s)

ANNOUNCEMENTS for our endorsed and supported candidates:

Kate Wiltz, candidate for Monroe County Council, District 2
needs volunteers to:
-Host a House Party! If you live in D2 and you can host a party, we would love that!
-Host a Yard Sign! Do you live in a good location and/or in District 2?
-Canvass! Kate is looking for volunteers to canvass her district or to walk with her! Email us to volunteer!
We would be oh-so grateful for your time. Even one or two hours makes a HUGE difference!
Email Kate: [email protected]

Lee Jones for County Commissioner needs help with a voter contact project.
To help contact [email protected]

Amy Swain will launch her campaign on April 15th. Info in the Events Section below.

Catherine Stafford is having a fundraiser on April 20th. Note below.

Penny Githens has friends called the Persisterhood and they are holding an interesting fundraiser for her on May 6th. See info below.

Penny Githens receives endorsement from 314 Action:
The campaign to elect Penny Githens to the Indiana House of Representatives in District 60 is pleased to announce that Penny has been endorsed by 314 Action, a national group committed to electing more STEM candidates to office. The 314 Action coalition seeks to bring innovation to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education and believes evidence-based reasoning should be the foundation of legislation related to issues like climate change and combating the opioid crisis. It is the largest and only resource specifically created for scientists and STEM professionals seeking assistance running for office. For more information, visit



Local Democrats Launch Online Guide to 2018 Primary Elections

The site, which went live on April 3 can be found at
It is a “one stop shop for voters seeking information about the 2018 primary elections” that will make it easier for folks to learn about each of their candidates and ultimately create a well-informed voter base.
This Civic Education Project is a collaboration between Monroe County Democratic Party and was put together in collaboration with members of the Bloomington High School South Young Democrats.
The site will be continuously updated throughout the election to include statements of candidacy, endorsements, letters to the editor, and press releases pertaining to the candidates competing in the Democratic primary and also includes links to publicly available candidate forums, interest group questionnaires, candidate guides, as well as information related to election law, early and absentee voting, precinct maps, and related voter information.
The site will be available from April 2nd through Election Day on May 8th.

The 2018 Indiana Democratic Party Coordinated Campaign is hiring….

From Kat Rogers, the new Coordinated Campaign Director for the Indiana Democratic Party:
I just started this week, and I am excited to let you all know that the coordinated campaign will be hiring Field Organizers and Regional Field Directors to help us elect Hoosier Democrats up and down the ballot in 2018!
2018 Indiana Coordinated Campaign Regional Field Director
2018 Indiana Coordinated Campaign Field Organizer
If you are interested in applying for these positions check out the job descriptions here
Applicants should send their resume to [email protected]
If you have any questions.
Kat Rogers, Coordinated Campaign Director
[email protected]



Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - Early Voting Begins
Election Central: 401 W. Seventh St., Bloomington
(812) 349-2690

Early Voting Times:
April 10, 2018 – May 4, 2018
Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
April 28, 2018 and May 5, 2018
Saturday: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
May 7, 2018
Monday: 8:00 am – 12:00 noon

Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Bloomington 200th Birthday Celebration
City Hall, 401 N. Morton St., Bloomington
Ceremony with fun and Bloomington History

Thursday, April 12, 2018, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Hoosier Women Forward Kick-Off Fundraising Event
Indiana Landmarks, Indianapolis
Hoosier Women Forward, a political and civic leadership training program designed to empower Democratic women to become more active participants in politics and leaders in their communities, aimed at preparing and propelling Democratic women in Indiana into influential roles across the state. Each year, 20-25 Hoosier women will be selected through a competitive application process to participate in a nine-month long leadership development and public advocacy training program. Through a combination of study, field experience, networking and mentorship, Hoosier women participants will gain valuable political training that will prepare them to become more informed, empowered, and mindful public servants. Applications will become available in late May, so stay tuned!
To purchase tickets:
For more information, contact Shannon Mears at (317) 412-3297 or email [email protected].

Sunday, April 15, 2018, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Launch Party & Fundraiser for Amy Swain for Indiana State Rep District 62
Monroe County Democratic HQ, 116 S. Madison St., Bloomington

Meet State Representative candidate, Amy Swain. Amy is running for Indiana State Representative in House District 62 which includes portions of Greene County, Monroe County, Martin County and Daviess County. State Rep. Terri Austin (D), the Democratic Caucus Whip, will be the guest speaker.
Light refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 11:30am - 1:00pm
Monroe County Democrats' Club Monthly Meeting
DeAngelo's Restaurant in Eastland Plaza
The Club will hear from several Democratic candidates who are running in the upcoming primary.
The public is invited to attend.

Friday, April 20, 2018, 10:00am
Bloomington students join the National School Walkout
Courthouse Lawn

On April 20th, the anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting, American students will walk out of class and protest. Together, we will send a message that we won’t tolerate any more inaction on this issue. And if cowardly politicians fail to act, young people will show them the consequences of letting so many Americans die by voting them out in November.

Friday, April 20, 2018, 10:00am - Noon
National School Walkout - Indiana - hosted by Justin Deem-Loureiro
Indianapolis - Monument Circle to the Statehouse
This is a youth led event On April 20th, from 10am to 12pm I want all Students, teachers and school staff to not attend school instead go downtown.
We will march from the monument circle to the Indiana state House and to join millions of others in the National school Walkout. When innocent children die at school is when we say enough is enough. I am part of the next generation we will stand for equality,love and peace.

Friday, April 20, 2018, 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Fundraiser for Catherine Stafford For Judge
Cascades Inn, 2601 N. Walnut St.
Hosted by the Committee to Elect Catherine Stafford

For more information: 812-320-2035
Featuring home brews, homemade pork sliders, chicken, and vegetarian options, plus onsite childcare and a chance to check out one of Bloomington's newest event sites: Cascades Inn!

Sunday, April 22, 2018, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Monroe County NOW Chapter Meeting
Monroe County Public Library, Room 1B

NOW monthly chapter meeting! There will be snacks, social time, and updates!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Dessert Pot-Luck Fundraiser to support the IU College Democrats
Home of John Hamilton and Dawn Johnsen

Bring a donation or dessert or both. (You know college students will welcome desserts to take with!) If you can’t attend, consider a donation, of any size, to support the IU College Democrats and our future.

Thursday, April 26, 2018, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Indivisible Bloomington and 9th Meeting
Democracy Lab, 116 S. Madison St.

Sunday, May 6, 2018, 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Fundraiser for Penny Githens for Indiana State Rep District 60
2616 East Poplar Court, Bloomington

Sponsored by the Persisterhood Workshop
Save the date. Details in future editions of the Monday Morning News.

Tuesday May 8, 2018, 6:00am - 6:00pm
to check on your precinct and who is on your ballot go to




EARLY VOTING HOURS: all voting at Election Central: 401 W. Seventh St., Bloomington
(812) 349-2690
Monday – Friday April 10, 2018 – May 4, 2018: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday April 28, 2018 and Saturday May 5, 2018: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Monday May 7, 2018: 8:00 am – 12:00 noon
PRIMARY ELECTION DAY - May 8, 2018 6:00am - 6:00pm
Vote at your Precinct - to check on your precinct location and who is on your ballot go to


These are paid positions. If you want to work the polls on Primary Election Day, May 8, training will happen in late April and you would work from 5am until done… usually around 7-8pm. It’s a long day but very rewarding. Early voting starts on Tuesday April 10 and runs through Monday May 7, but early voting staffing needs are currently filled. Inquiries about working at the polls can be sent to the democratic recruiter Rod Yandt

3. If you only have a couple of hours to help on Election Day, the DWC does a point-of-sale program where we offer voters one little sheet that encourages them to vote for our endorsed candidates. Easy peasy! Watch for more on this

4. Join the DWC. Join or Renew your membership today.
The DWC is dedicated to inspiring, recruiting, training, supporting and funding women to increase the number of progressive, pro-choice women in the political arena. We ALL help with this mission, together, collectively. Make sure you have full rights and privileges of membership.
Only $20 for one year’s membership.
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