Monday Morning News - May 13, 2019


The following DWC-endorsed candidates emerged victorious from Election Day:

Nicole Bolden: City Clerk

Kate Rosenbarger : City Council, District 1

Sue Sgambulleri - City Council, District 2

Isabel Piedmont-Smith - City Council, District 5

While they did not win their races, we offer heartfelt thanks and congratulations to Dorothy Granger (City Council District 2), Miah Michaelsen (City Council District 4) and Jean Capler (City Council At-Large) for putting in enormous time and effort, running professional races on the issues, and offering the citizens of Bloomington excellent candidates from which to choose. We hope you will run again or find other avenues of service worthy of your energy, smarts and guts.

Thank you to all our members and friends who offered helping hands to these talented women. And now, lest we untimely rest on our laurels, keep in mind that our work is not done. Right now, only Sue Sgambelluri has an announced Republican challenger for the fall election. But the Monroe County Republican Party has until July 31 to field challengers in the other races, and there could be Independent candidates who file as well. More on this in future issues as things develop.


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Citizen's Academy is ready for applications!
One of the best ways to learn about government, with like minded people and the folks who actually do the work in City Hall. Just the best experience ever!
The 2019 Citizens' Academy class will provide participants with an interactive learning experience about municipal government services, programs and departmental responsibilities. This year's Citizens' Academy session begins Thursday, August 29 and runs through October 24, the classes are from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. You can apply online at or contact Vickie Provine, [email protected] or call 812.349.3505.

City of Bloomington Commission Vacancies:

Redevelopment Commission

The City of Bloomington Office of the City Clerk is accepting applications to fill a vacant position on the city’s Redevelopment Commission. The position is available for city residents over the age of 18.

The Redevelopment Commission oversees the duties and responsibilities of the Department of Housing and Neighborhood Development which include: Community Development Block Grant, HOME funds, Neighborhood Improvement Grants and Tax Increment Districts.

Animal Control Commission Vacancy

The City of Bloomington Office of the City Clerk is accepting applications to fill a vacant position on the Animal Control Commission. The position is available for city residents.

The Animal Control Commission is tasked with formulating, adopting and implementing policies, principles, and standards for humane treatment and control of all animals in the city. It Reviews the decisions and actions of the senior animal control officer in any matter related to the enforcement of chapter 2.12.010 of the Bloomington Municipal Code. It makes recommendations to the Mayor of the City as to necessary ordinances concerning the care, treatment and control of animals.


To learn more about each of the City’s boards and commissions, including mission statements, membership requirements, current membership listings and term lengths, or for online applications, go to the online City system for board and commission information known as “OnBoard” at, or by clicking on the “OnBoard” button on the City’s home web page at If you are interested in contributing to either of these Commissions, please consider submitting an application.

All board and commission meetings are free and open to the public. Potential applicants are urged to attend a meeting of their desired board or commission prior to applying. Meeting schedules and locations can be found under the “committee info” tab on OnBoard. Information and applications are also available at the City Clerk’s Office in Showers City Hall at 401 N. Morton, Suite #110. If you have questions about either vacancy, contact Stephen Lucas, Chief Deputy Clerk at 812.349.3408 or [email protected]


Thursday, May 16, 2019 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Monroe County Black Democratic Caucus May Meeting
MCDP Headquarters, 116 S. Madison St., Suite A

Saturday, May 18, 2019 6:00pm
Bloomington Black y Brown Arts Festival
The Banneker Center, 930 W. 7th St.
A celebration of African, Hispanic, Latinx and Native American creative arts and artists to affirm community space, preserve arts appreciation, and enhance pride in the spirit of diversity of the Bloomington community. The festival will provide a medium for local talent to showcase visual and performance art in an environment that engages the audience with artists and their work. The planning committee is also seeking artist submissions to perform, host a booth, or both for this Family Fun event. More information about submitting art for the festival can be found here:

Saturday, June 15, 2019 (Reception at 3pm, Speakers at 4pm)
Stonewall Democrats of South Central Indiana Launch Event
Bloomington City Hall: Atrium and Council Chambers
Cost: Free, but donations encouraged
The Stonewall Democrats of South Central Indiana (SD-SCI) is a newly organized local caucus that supports LGBTQI people, their involvement in local and state politics, and policies that will improve their lives. Speakers at the event will include Senator JD Ford, Dana Black, and others. Together we can build a more inclusive community for trans and queer people in South Central Indiana.   
Want to join SD-SCI? Annual membership is $10 and is good through May 31, 2020. For more information contact either Jessica McCellan ([email protected]), Treasurer, or Will Smith ([email protected]), President.

July 17-20, 2019
2019 Young Democrats of America National Convention
Crowne Plaza, 123 W. Louisiana St, Indianapolis
Visit for all details and convention matters.
August 22-24
Annual Indiana Democratic Editorial Association (IDEA) Convention in French Lick
French Lick Resort, 8670 West Road 56
Hotel rooms are going QUICKLY, you are encouraged to make your hotel reservations NOW. More information on that can be found here:


Mother's Day was yesterday, but it's another opportunity to celebrate the women in our lives so we want to mention it. Whether we are mothers ourselves or not, we all had a mother. And surely we now understand the challenges we posed for those underappreciated women. So let's take a minute to remember how much women do to support their own families and the families of friends and strangers with their time, their strength and their love. They helped make us who we are!


Just take a moment to reach out to our endorsed candidates and thank them for running.

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