It’s breakfast time again... join us at 7:30am at the Village Deli on Friday, Nov. 2 for our final breakfast before election day. Nicole Browne will give us an update on Early Voting in Monroe County and our endorsed candidates will share their final needs for the push up to election day.
THE DWC NEEDS YOUR HELP ON ELECTION DAY!! We’ve identified the eight traditionally busiest polls on election day and need your help passing out information on our endorsed candidates on Tuesday Nov. 6. Shifts are available from 6:00am - 9:00am, 11:00am - 1:00pm, 1:00pm - 3:00pm and 4:00pm - 6:00pm. Literature will be available at Democratic Headquarters, 116 S. Madison St., for you to pick up before your shift. Sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084eaca82ca3fd0-election.
It has been a difficult week - In Kokomo a 63 year old white woman toilet papered a house and left a racist note on the door because a white family with a black son purchased the house and the thought of a black (no that’s not the word she used) child moving in next door raised her blood pressure. Bombs in the mail. Racist and antisemitic shootings in Kentucky and Pittsburgh and the president’s solution is to put an armed guard at every church, meeting place and convenience store in the country. Is this the America we want to live in?
There are just a few days left - in many cases the polls are neck and neck. If you're angry about what has been going on, channel that anger into a positive action - every voice is important, every vote counts. Let’s get this done!
ALSO IN THIS ISSUE:
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This week's needs for candidates!
We are down to the wire… please contact your favorite candidate’s campaign on how you can help
them out in these last few days before election day.
Fawcett for Judge Committee. Darcie needs people willing to put yard signs on their property, and could use some early voting help. To help, please contact Allison Chopra (email@example.com) or Jennifer Armstrong (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Lee Jones for Monroe County Commissioner: email@example.com Lee needs people to put up yards signs on their property and help with early voting. Contact Lee directly at the email above.
Shelli Yoder, Candidate for County Council District 1. Alison Pitt Polley, campaign chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Canvassers Needed! Join Shelli for a two-hour shift on Tuesday October 30 and Thursday, November 1. Canvassers will meet at Shelli’s house 4526 E. Sheffield Drive. Her phone number is 812-327-4249. If you sign up for a shift, text Shelli to let her know when you can join the fun. You can also email her at email@example.com. But do let her know you are coming so she knows to wait for you. And after our DWC breakfast on Friday, November 2, join Shelli for a 2-hour shift in a Door2DoorBlowout, canvassing a whole host of Monroe County precincts, followed by lunch at Shelli's house. And finally, sign up for 2-hour shifts again on Saturday, November 3 and Sunday, November 4.
Kate Wiltz, Candidate for County Council District 2: firstname.lastname@example.org Kate needs a few more yard sign locations in her district, particularly in locations outside the Bloomington city limits, and would like a companion to walk with her on weeknights.
Ashley Pirani, Candidate for County Council District 3: email@example.com Ashley could use yard signs at locations in the townships. She also needs help with canvassing and you can see the times and sign up for canvassing dates: https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/70A0F4FA4AF22A5FC1-october
Penny Githens, Candidate for State Representative District 60. Volunteer coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org. Don't think Penny isn't busy, because she is EVERYWHERE! She reported these needs:
• A weekly phone bank on Friday afternoons through November 2, 1:00 - 4:00, at Dem HQ. If people prefer to canvass during that time, she can provide them with a walk-list for Bloomington.
• People willing to put yard signs on their property.
• On-going canvasses in Monroe and Morgan counties -- please contact Deborah Meader, email@example.com, if you are willing to help.
• People who can help at early voting on November 3, and at various polling places on November 6.
Amy Swain, Candidate for State Representative District 62. Campaign coordinator Cory Ray: firstname.lastname@example.org She also needs yard sign locations for precincts Perry 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 13, 24, 25, 27, Van Buren 1-6, Indian Creek.
Washington Township Follow-up Calls
Lorraine and Kim Alexander are looking for help with follow-up calls to Washington Township to turn out voters for election day. If you are available to make some calls and a significant difference in a key township, please email Patricia Slabach.
LAST CHANCES FOR EARLY VOTING - through Nov. 5 at Election Central, 401 W 7th Street.
8 am - 6 pm Monday through Friday November 2.
9 am - 4 pm Saturday November 3
8 am - noon Monday, November 5th
ELECTION DAY VOTING
6 am - 6 pm Nov. 6 at your precinct - not sure where you vote? check https://indianavoters.in.gov/
REMEMBER: IF YOU VOTE A STRAIGHT PARTY TICKET YOU MUST ALSO VOTE INDIVIDUALLY FOR THE PUBLIC QUESTION (we recommend you vote no) ON PAGE 1 AND FOR TOWNSHIP BOARD MEMBER, SCHOOL BOARD AND THE JUDGE RETENTION QUESTIONS ON PAGE 2 OF YOUR BALLOT!!
Remember if you have a question about the logistics of voting (not who to vote for) - ask your election officials, that's what they are there for. If you have a problem at the polls your Election Board official wants to know... please email Carolyn VandeWiele, the Democratic Member of the Board, at email@example.com and let her know what went wrong. We want everyone to have a positive experience at the polls.
For more information on voting for School Board and your MCCSC and RBB School Board candidates check out the Indiana Coalition For Public Education Monroe County (ICPE) Guide at https://www.icpe-monroecounty.org. There are links to their candidate surveys and video of their MC School Board Forum as well as links to press releases about school board races on this page.
A message from the League of Women Voters Bloomington-Monroe County: KEYS TO THE CANDIDATES
The Keys to the Candidates was published by the Herald-Times on October 5 and 6. The Keys document shows a comparison of candidates' responses to the same questions. The questions are designed to be nonpartisan and unbiased. All candidates running with opposition in Monroe County are sent the questions; candidates running without opposition are excluded. Not all candidates respond to the questions, but most do.
DO YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW NEED A RIDE TO THE POLLS FOR EARLY VOTING OR ON ELECTION DAY?
Contact Kaisa Goodman at the the Monroe County Democratic Party at 812-272-3439 or firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements to get to your voting location.
NEW PODCAST OF INTEREST: The DLCC announces the launch of a new podcast called STATED with host Jessica Post. The first guest is Stephanie Schriock from EMILY’s List. Listen and subscribe now on Apple, Google, Spotify, Stitcher or your favorite podcast app. https://www.statedpodcast.com/
City of Bloomington commission openings
Bloomington Art Commission: The City of Bloomington Office of the City Clerk is accepting applications to fill a vacant position on the Bloomington Art Commission. The position is available for city residents.
The Bloomington Arts Commission provides a means for the City of Bloomington to stimulate and encourage community appreciation for and participation in the arts.
Bloomington Commission on the Status of Women: The City of Bloomington Office of the City Clerk is accepting applications to fill a vacant position on the Bloomington Commission on the Status of Women. The position is available for city residents.
The City of Bloomington Commission on the Status of Women explores women's issues and concerns, celebrates women's accomplishments, and promotes solutions to the challenges and problems faced by women.
Bloomington Commission on Sustainability: The City of Bloomington Office of the City Clerk is accepting applications to fill a vacant position on the Bloomington Commission on Sustainability. The position is available for city residents. The City of Bloomington Commission on Sustainability (BCOS) promotes economic development, environmental health, and social equity in our community for present and future generations. The commission gathers and disseminates information; promotes practical initiatives; and measures, monitors, and reports on our community's progress toward sustainability.
To learn more about these commissions, and each of the City’s boards and commissions, including mission statements, membership requirements, current membership listings and term lengths, or for online applications, use the feature OnBoard at bloomington.in.gov/onboard, or by clicking on the “OnBoard” button on the City’s home web page. 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.
Thursday, November 1, 2018, 6:30pm
Washington Township - Meet the Candidates Forum
Brown Elementary School, 500 W. Simpson Chapel Rd
Paul Toddy Lee Chapman and Patricia Slabach are hosting a Meet the Candidates Washington Township Forum at Brown Elementary School, 500 W. Simpson Chapel Road, at 6:30 p.m. There will be short talk on the Fire and Emergency Services Issues followed by a Q & A. Please come out and show your strong support for Washington Township!
Thursday, Nov. 1
Democracy For Monroe County Link-Up
There will be no DFMC Link-Up in November… the group feels that everyone getting out and canvassing and making phone calls is much more critical. The group is planning a get together on November 8 to celebrate Democratic victories in the mid-terms… details will follow.
Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, 7:30am
The Village Deli
Join us as we plan for the final steps before Election Day on Nov. 6. County Clerk Nicole Browne will give us an update on early voting….
Friday, Nov. 2
Canvassing for Shelli Yoder
After our breakfast join Shelli Yoder for a 2-hour shift in a Door2DoorBlowout, canvassing a whole host of Monroe County precincts, followed by lunch at Shelli's house. You can also sign up for 2-hour shifts again on Saturday, November 3 and Sunday, November 4. See above for full details.
Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, 1:00 - 4:00pm
Final phone bank for Penny Githens before the election
Saturday - Monday November 3-5, 2018
DFA Dialer for Liz (among other candidates):
This is a national phone campaign and there could be people as far away as California dialing into the Ninth District on Liz's behalf.To participate in the Dialer, go to their RSVP Page to sign up.
Tuesday, November 6, 2018, 6:00 - 9:00pm
Election Night Watch Party
Rhino's Youth Center, 331 S Walnut St, Bloomington
After the polls close, join MCDP and our candidates for a vote watch party! We will have the results displayed and all candidates will be invited to speak. We will provide free drinks (yes, at Rhino's!), but please bring a dish to share if you 'd like.
Thursday November 15, 2017 6:00pm
Monroe County Black Democratic Caucus Monthly Meeting
Democracy Lab, 116 S. Madison St., Bloomington
Including biennial elections for the offices of President, Vice President and Treasurer. Each member of record in good standing is entitled to vote with the exception of associate and honorary members. A member is considered to be in good standing immediately upon payment of membership dues. A member must be in good standing for a period of at least one year in order to be considered as a candidate for office.
Time to step up--November is just around the corner...!!!
Sign up to pass out information on our endorsed candidates on Election Day. Shifts are available at eight of our traditionally busiest polls from 6:00am - 9:00am, 11:00am - 1:00pm, 1:00pm - 3:00pm and 4:00pm - 6:00pm. Literature will be available at Democratic Headquarters, 116 S. Madison St., for you to pick up for your shift. Sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084eaca82ca3fd0-election.
Or contact one of our endorsed candidate’s campaigns to see what they need leading up to the election. Sign up to phone bank or to canvass.
Study up and VOTE BLUE!!
VOTE, GET OUT THE VOTE, TELL YOUR FRIENDS, FAMILY, ACQUAINTANCES TO VOTE, AND DID WE MENTION, VOTE!!!
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