Monday Morning News - May 14, 2018

DWC Wins Big in the Primary Election!

WHAT A WEEK!  In a groundbreaking primary season with more women running both locally and nationally than ever before,  women candidates in Monroe County emerged victorious. Even more gratifying, in every primary race where the DWC had an endorsed candidate, our candidate won! What a spectacular showing, due entirely to the strength and quality of the candidates, their incredibly hard work, and the depth and persistence of their support crews. Give a rouse to the following fabulous women who will now move on to the fall elections!

Penny Githens: State Rep, District 60

Amy Swain: State Rep, District 62

Christine Talley-Haseman: Judge (Seat 2)

Catherine Stafford: Judge (Seat 3)

Darcie Fawcett: Judge (Seat 8)

Nicole Brown: County Clerk

Lee Jones: County Commissioner

Shelli Yoder: County Council

Kate Wiltz: County Council

Pam Cook: Bean Blossom Township Trustee

Michelle Bright: Benton Township Trustee

Beverly Himes: Indiana Creek Township Trustee

Rosemary Doherty: Indiana Creek Township Board

In addition, Erika Oliphant, a supported candidate, won her race for Monroe County Prosecutor. That was a hard fought contest with another DWC supported candidate, Margie Rice, coming in second. We knew there could only be one winner and we applaud Erika and Margie for their joint demonstration of grace and sisterhood in dealing with the result.

We'd also like to thank Clerk Nicole Browne and her staff in the Monroe County Clerk’s office and Election Central for running such a smooth and efficient election. They worked tirelessly to make this happen without a glitch. In addition, Carolyn VandeWiele, election board representative, spent many hours each week leading up to the election and through May 8th ensuring the primaries would be a success. Kudos to both of you and our gratitude for your sacrifices.

The DWC steering committee (really Regina Moore--thank you, Regina!) organized a lunch break for endorsed and supported candidates and other DWC members on election day, and a lunch after the primaries on Friday at Grazie's to talk about the results and lessons learned. Both events were a welcome diversion from the high pace and stress of the last few weeks, and the lunch on Friday especially was a chance for all of us to celebrate the successes, thank families, friends and supporters, and get energized for the fall elections. Remember, folks, it's not over yet. We have to win in November, too, or these will have been nothing but practice runs. There's nothing wrong with learning from an election loss, but let's be honest, not one of us is in this business to lose. So let's put our campaign duds on and lift our candidates to victory in the fall!


Action Items


Monroe County Democrats Club Luncheon

Tuesday, May 15, 11:30 a.m.

DeAngelo's Restaurant, Eastland Plaza

The Monroe County Democrat's Club will meet on Tuesday, May 15, at 11:30 a.m. at DeAngelo's Restaurant in Eastland Plaza. The Club will thank all of the Democratic candidates who participated in the primary and will hear from Kaisa Goodman, the new Executive for the party. The public is invited to attend. 


Church and State: A play presented by the Jewish Theater of Bloomington

Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center Rose Firebay, Thursday, May 17 and Saturday, May 19 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday May 20 at 2 p.m.

Three days before his bid for re-election in North Carolina, a Republican senator makes an off-the-cuff remark to a blogger that calls into question his belief in God. While his devoutly Christian wife and his liberal Jewish campaign manager try to contain the damage, discussions about the influence of religion, guns, and social media on our political system ensue.  Church and State is simultaneously funny, heartbreaking, and uplifting.

Tickets are $25 general admission at the Buskirk Chumley Theater Box Office.

Piedmont-Smith Constituent Meeting

Saturday, May 19, 11 a.m. to 12 noon

McCloskey Room, City Hall

Bloomington City Council Member Isabel Piedmont-Smith (District 5) will host her monthly constituent meeting this Saturday, May 19, 11 am to 12 noon in the McCloskey Room (135) of City Hall. She welcomes all Bloomington residents, not just those in District 5, to come discuss city issues. For a full schedule of Isabel's 2018 meetings, please see



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