Monday Morning News Sept. 26, 2016

Our Endorsed Candidates need to see friendly faces at the Candidate Forums

The audience at the most recent candidate forum was comprised largely of Republicans. Since many of the questions come from the audience, it's crucial that we fill the seats with friendly faces who can ask the questions that will bring out the best in our endorsed candidates.

The remaining forums may be found HERE. The next one for our locally endorsed candidates is:

Wednesday, September 27, 7 p.m.  County Council at Large - for Cheryl Munson, Lee Jones


Action Item


MCDP Headquarters Needs

The Monroe County Democrats Clinton/Gregg/Bayh/Ritz/Githens and all other local candidates working out of the HQ at 501 N Morton need: 
Water (for people who are taking out lists to go door-to-door), paper towels and toilet paper

2016 GOTV (Get Out The Vote) Driver/Rider Project  --
A Monroe County Democratic Party Program
Do you have a car and would you be willing to drive someone to the polls for early voting or on election day, or to help people get an ID or get registered to vote? 
Do you know someone who needs a ride or needs help getting registered to vote?  Volunteer Days/Hours vary depending on your work, school, personal schedule, location, and availability. Drivers and riders matched based on locations. Call Pat Slabach at 317-796-1820 and leave a message, or email at [email protected]

Election Central will be conducting the public testing of election equipment on Thursday, September 29. Testing will begin at 8:30 am and should be completed around 1:00 pm.

(All dates are 8 AM to 6 PM except Nov. 7)

At Election Central only (401 W. 7th St., Suite 100, Bloomington):
Oct. 12-14 (Mon., Oct. 10 is Columbus Day)
Oct. 17-21 

At Election Central and Satellite Location (North Showers Bldg., 501 N. Morton Street, Room 201-202, Bloomington):
Oct. 24-29
Oct. 31-Nov. 5
Nov. 7 - 8am - noon

And if you want to work at the polls on election day...
Please contact Rod Yandt at 812-340-2261 or [email protected]

Bloomington Sign Ordinance and Election Signs
We asked for guidelines and here they are. Click on the link to make sure you know the rules for election signs.

Local Democrats Launch African-American Caucus
A group of local Democrats have started a local chapter of the Indiana Democratic African-American Caucus (IDAAC). Organizers say they formed the new organization to increase representation of African-American voters at the polls, and to raise the participation of African-American leaders in the local Party.  “We are working within the Democratic Party to bridge the gap between public education and political action.”
The group, IDAAC-Monroe County, will meet on a monthly basis. Individuals interested in getting involved are encouraged to contact Nicole Bolden at (812) 361-1005 or e-mail to [email protected].



Brats and Brews - A Fundraiser for Jessica McClellan County Treasurer
Monday, September 26, 5-7 PM
Come to the Upland Banquet Hall to support Jessica!
A Pre-Oktoberfest Fundraiser featuring brats and brews. Jessica couldn't do it without your support!

DEBATE WATCH PARTY - Brown County Democratic Party
Our Hillary Fellows are planning a Debate Watch Party for the first presidential debate on September 26th, 8:30-11 p.m. at Nick's (back room).  Please join us if you can!

League of Women Voters Forum
-- State House District 61 
Tuesday, September 27, 7:00 p.m., MCPL Auditorium

League of Women Voters Forum -- County Council Candidates at-large 
Wednesday, September 28, 7:00 p.m., MCPL Auditorium

League of Women Voters Forum -- MCCSC School Board Candidates
Thursday, September 29, 7:00 p.m., MCPL Auditorium

Tuesday, October 4, 5:30-7:00 pm, Noodles in Eastland Plaza
Jean Capler and Kathy Byers are hosting an event for Amanda Barge for County Commissioner called "Social Workers Mobilizing for Amanda." If you are in the health, service or social work fields, or are just interested in supporting Amanda, come to Noodles on the Eastside, Monday, October 4 from 5:30-7:00 pm! Social workers get stuff done!
Come and learn why having a commissioner with a social work background is sorely needed right now!
Event Link:
Or, RSVP to: [email protected]

League of Women Voters Forum -- State House District 46 and 60
Wednesday, October 5, 7:00 p.m., MCPL Auditorium

League of Women Voters Forum -- State House Districts 62 and 65
Thursday, October 6, 7:00 p.m., MCPL Auditorium

Tuesday, October 11

Wednesday, October 12

Friday, October 14, Liberty Ballroom, Bloomington
Social Hour at 6 p.m. with Dinner at 7 p.m.

Karen Freeman-Wilson, Mayor of Gary, is the keynote speaker.  Tickets are $60 and $25 for students.  Tickets can be purchase online HERE.  The event is open to the public.  For more information or questions, please contact [email protected]

Lt Gov Candidates Forum on the Arts & Quality of Life

Monday, October 17, 8-9 p.m.
Studio 6, IU Radio and Television Building, Bloomington
A live event exploring the positions of Christina Hale (D) and Suzanne Crouch (R), Candidates for Lieutenant Governor, on the arts and quality of life issues and their relationship to the development of Indiana communities and the State economically and culturally.  The event will be moderated by Joe Hren and taped for broadcast.  Produced by WTIU/WFIU Public Media.  Sponsored by IU SPEA, home of IU’s Arts Administration Program.

Register to Attend:


  • Log on to your candidate's website to find ways to help YOUR candidate of choice
  • Display a yard sign at your home
  • Attend a Candidate Forum
  • Write a Letter to the Editor about why it's important to support YOUR candidate of choice
  • Embed a widget in your blog or join the online discussion on someone else's blog
  • Help your candidate campaign door-to-door, passing out literature
  • Offer a ride to the polls to others who are supporting your candidate
  • VOTE - it's the best thing you can do to help ensure that YOUR candidate is elected

Penny Githens, candidate for State House District 60  
Contact her at [email protected]
Penny has hired Morgan Murphy as her campaign manager. Morgan has experience with local campaigns and has gathered a cadre of wonderful interns to help with the job of contacting voters in the district. Penny needs help with calls, walking, and other projects. See DAY OF ACTION below!
Email Morgan: [email protected]

 Jessica McClellan, candidate for County Treasurer Contact Jessica at [email protected] or through Facebook. Offer to help serve or clean up at her fundraiser listed in Events above. Offer to walk with her!

Cheryl Munson and Lee Jones, candidates for County Council at-large
Contact Cheryl at [email protected]. Lee can be reached at [email protected]
Cheryl and Lee mostly need good yard sign locations and donations. No amount is too small!

Amanda Barge 
and Julie Thomas are looking for yard sign locations as well!  [email protected][email protected]
Remember -- 
They are both running for commissioners but from different districts. Everyone who votes can vote for them BOTH!
s Facebook page calls for volunteers to walk with her and to help with phone calls and with upcoming fundraiser (see Events above).
 has helped SO many women with advice, hosting fundraisers, serving on their committees, and leading the caucus. Please send her your best yard sign locations, and offer to put them up for her!

Joani Shields, candidate for County Coroner, [email protected]
Joani needs yard sign locations!

One more thing....

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