monday morning news October 1, 2017

Please plan to join us for breakfast on Friday, October 6th at 7:30am at the Village Deli.
So You Want to Run for Office?

Whether you are interested for yourself, or for a friend that you think would make a great public servant, there are several things you need to consider before running (or persuading your friend to run). We'll cover these things from what motivates women to run for office, to initial steps, to protocol, things to NOT do, things TO do, with some things you absolutely MUST do.  

In 2018 there will be more slots on the local ballot than other election years. There will be 84 slots for Democratic Precinct Committeeperson and 44 slots for township governments (one trustee and three board members for each of 11 townships in Monroe County).  And that doesn't consider the county council seats, county commissioner seat, judgeships, prosecutor, clerk, recorder, and sheriff positions that are up for Monroe County. There are also some school board positions that will be elected, although remember those people do not run by political party.

We also plan to have the same program at a Women In Politics Cocktail Hour that evening at 5:30 pm at Truffles in Jackson Creek Shopping Center.
So that we will have enough materials for everyone, please send a note to [email protected] to let us know you are coming to breakfast or cocktails and if you'll be bringing that potential candidate friend with you! 


Action Item


Applicants needed!
The Monroe County Board of Commissioners is seeking an applicant to serve on the Board of Zoning Appeals. This is a quasi-judicial board which hears requests on variances and conditional uses in the application of planning ordinances on particular properties or developments. This is a fabulous way to learn about County Planning and Zoning and to have a lasting impact on our community. Applicants cannot hold an elected or appointed position in City/Town, County or State government. They must reside in the jurisdiction of Monroe County Planning (residence in Monroe County, but outside town and city boundaries). If you have any questions, please contact Julie Thomas ([email protected]).

The Board of Commissioners is also seeking applicants to the Environmental Commission and the Cemetery Commission. To apply for the Board of Zoning Appeals or the Environmental or Cemetery Commissions please complete the appropriate application - they are available through "Link to Board Application" at


IU College Democrats Debate College Republicans
Monday, October 2nd at 7:00 p.m.
IMU Dogwood Room, 900 E. 7th St.

The IU College Democrats debate College Republicans on the topics of healthcare, school vouchers, and the minimum wage.
The debate will take place in the Dogwood Room in the IMU.
Be Golden
October 5 - 7 various venus downtown

Be Golden is a multi-day experience to inspire and empower individuals to lead unapologetically authentic lives.  This conference is headquartered in Bloomington, but will attract women from across the US. The conference will provide space and time for individuals to explore a variety of experiences within large scale presentations and breakout sessions for personal exploration.
Look carefully at the schedule and you'll find Shelli Yoder, Liz Watson and Regina Moore among the speakers.

Democratic Women's Caucus Breakfast Meeting
Friday, October 6, 7:30 - 9:00 am
Village Deli, 409 E. Kirkwood Ave.

Topic: "So You Want to Run for Office?" RSVP [email protected]

Women in Politics Cocktail Hour
Friday, October 6, 5:30 - 8:00 pm
Truffles, 1131 S. College Mall Road

Topic: "So You Want to Run for Office?" RSVP [email protected]

Your Voice Matters Canvass
Saturday, October 14, at 11:00 am and noon
Additional canvass dates are October 21 and October 28
Meet at MCDP Headquarters, 116 S. Madison St., Bloomington

Help reach out to members of our community to ask “What do you want from your government?” We’ll go door to door to lend an ear to voters who want to express concerns about local, state, and national issues. Volunteers will first be trained on how to engage with voters, get a walk packet, and then return to debrief. You do not have to have canvassing experience to attend. If you are new to canvassing, you will be paired up with an experienced canvasser. If you have questions or would like to sign up to help, contact Matthew Metz or Jack McGrew or visit the MCDP Facebook page.

MCDP Fall Meeting
Monday, October 16th at 6:30 p.m.
Bloomington City Council Chambers

The Monroe County Democratic Party will hold it's general fall meeting on Monday October 16.
Precinct Committee members encouraged to attend. All are welcome, and please RSVP via Facebook.

Jackson Screening
Sunday, November 5, 3:00 pm
Waldron Art Center's Whikehart Auditorium, Bloomington

Common Cause Indiana and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington's Reproductive Justice Task Force are sponsoring a screening of the film Jackson followed by a panel discussion. Tickets $20 in advance; $25 at the door. Ceramics for sale. All proceeds benefit Common Cause Indiana in their fight to end gerrymandering.
NEW INFORMATION! Tickets available at Yarns Unlimited or by emailing [email protected]
Seats are limited, so reserve yours in advance!

Monroe County Democratic Dinner
November 9th, The Fields, 1333 S Fenbrook
6 pm cocktails, 7 pm dinner

Tickets are $70 for adults, $40 for students and $20 for cocktails only.
Sponsorship information at [email protected]. Use the same email for ordering a full table for 8.


There are so many things that we could recommend this week, but thinking about the dire situation in Puerto Rico we suggest these:
Call your Members of Congress and ask them to push for extension of the Jones Act waiver to aid in recovery efforts. To take it further, call for repeal.
Sign this petition calling for longer term solutions to the U.S. relationship with Puerto Rico.
Donate to on-the-ground relief efforts in Puerto Rico. United for Puerto Rico or Unicef are two good options.
This information was taken from Wall-Of-Us.

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