Office Holders

Local Women Democrats in Public Office

Monroe County
County Commissioner (District 1): Lee Jones
County Commissioner (District 2): Julie Thomas
County Commissioner (District 3): Penny Githens
County Council, At-Large: Cheryl Munson
County Council, District 1: Shelli Yoder
County Council, District 2: Kate Wiltz
Circuit Judge, Division 1: Honorable Elizabeth A. Cure
Circuit Judge, Division 2: Honorable Valeri Haughton
Circuit Judge, Division 3: Honorable Christine Talley Haseman
Circuit Judge, Division 4: Honorable Catherine Stafford
Circuit Judge, Division 5: Honorable Mary Ellen Diekhoff
Circuit Judge, Division 6: Honorable Holly Harvey
Circuit Judge, Division 9: Honorable Darcie Fawcett
Prosecuting Attorney 10th Circuit Court: Erika Oliphant
Assessor: Judy Sharp
Clerk of Courts: Nicole Brown
Coroner: Joani Shields
Treasurer: Jessica McClellan
Auditor: Cathy Smith
City of Bloomington
City Council at large: Susan Sandberg
City Council, District 2: Dorothy Granger
City Council, District 3: Allison Chopra
City Council, District 5: Isabel Piedmont-Smith
City Clerk: Nicole Bolden

Town of Ellettsville

Township Offices
Benton Township Trustee: Michelle Bright
Bloomington Township Trustee: Kim Alexander
Bloomington Township Board:Barbara McKinney
Bloomington Township Board: Lorraine Merriman Farrell
Perry Township Board: Barbara Sturbaum
Perry Township Board: Susie Hamilton
Salt Creek Township Board: Joan C. Hall
Washington Township Board: Patricia Slabach





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  • Ginette Weiner
    commented 2018-06-14 03:37:45 -0400
    Do not support this democrat running for office in Arizona for the following reasons. Instead, vote for others who truly support women’s lib and not the oppression of women: Open Reply to Deedra Abboud for Senate: Repressive or “Progressive”?

    Deedra Abboud is running for Arizona’s U.S. Senate seat currently held by Jeff Flake. She wears a hijab. I wrote to her about the hijab as a symbol which promotes the oppression of women. I was dismayed by her reply, and by a few of her web site’s alignments with anti Israel/Jew organizations and people.

    She wrote: “Explaining to another woman what her ‘dress’ means to you and demanding she change due to your interpretation (not hers), is the opposite of women’s liberation. We used to hear that women wearing short dresses and low cut blouses (and before that just showing her ankles) meant they had no morals and were asking to be disrespected or even raped. That was also a form of oppression.”

    In the 1970’s, I attended one of the first meetings of the National Organization for Women at Hunter College in NYC, witnessed a high school friend almost bleed to death after an illegal abortion, recall the days when rape had to be “eye witnessed” to get to trial. While I thank you for your tutorial on feminism, I have been marching for women’s lib since before you came of age.

    Deedra would have us believe wearing the hijab is just another feminist fashion choice, a free-to-be-me choice, and to object to it is a form of “oppression”. Following her reasoning, a woman wearing a full burqa, covered completely with only slits for her eyes, is also therefore a feminist choice for the liberated woman. And, that both of these have nothing to do with oppression of women. Seriously?

    Covering of a woman’s head and/or body, in any religion, is a symbol of forced modesty on women and girls by male dominated cultures. Ayaan Hirsi Ali, describes Muslim headscarves as a means in which a deeply patriarchal culture oppresses women. “The veil deliberately marks women as private and restricted property, non-persons… sets women apart from men, apart from the world; it restrains them, confines them…It is the mark of a kind of apartheid, not the domination of a race, but of a sex.”

    NY Times: “As mainstream Muslim women, we see the girl’s headscarf not as a signal of “choice,” but as a symbol of a dangerous purity culture, obsessed with honor and virginity…… But, to us, they stand on the wrong side of a lethal war of ideas that sexually objectifies women as vessels for honor and temptation.”
    The New Humanist: “The reason Western feminists…object to seeing women in burqas is not that we can’t tolerate diversity, but that the burqa is a symbol of patriarchal Islam’s desire to contain and repress female sexuality.”

    Deedra goes on: “Judging and forcing women to conform to any standard of dress or behavior is not acceptable in 2018. We women can do better respecting each other and supporting each for our individual choices. I will fight for any person to be who they want to be, express themselves how they want to express themselves, because that is true freedom. “
    These are specious, self serving statements at best. No one said anything about “forcing” dress on anyone. It is disingenuous of Deedra to link the burqa with free-to-be-me feminist choices. This gives the same moral equivalence to any and all choices. It is the mantra of repressive-progressive identity politics, Orwellian, doublespeak world views, which also say you can’t be a feminist if you are a Zionist and if you are against one of us you are against all of us.
    “Moral relativism is the idea that there is no absolute set of moral principles. It’s a version of morality that advocates ‘to each her own.’ Those who follow it say, ‘Who am I to judge?’ Moral/cultural relativism is the idea that all societies should accept each other’s differing moral values, given that there are no universal moral principles. Most philosophers disagree however. For example, just because bribery is okay in some cultures doesn’t mean that other cultures cannot rightfully condemn it.”
    Sorry Deedra but in my world, if all is OK, then nothing is OK. Without moral “judgments”, we are lost. In your feel good world, I fear you can no longer distinguish a true victim from a true oppressor.
    Lastly, her press release decries “terrorist attacks like those in Nice, London, Charlottesville…” but fails to include the Palestinian Arab terrorist attacks in Israel. Why? Terrorism is terrorism in my world but perhaps not in Deedra’s world?
    Her site also lists supporters and links with Bernie Sanders and the Women’s March. Does she not know that the Women’s march organizers, Sarsour, Perez, Mallory all boasted of their support for the vicious Jew hater Farrakhan. Bernie Sanders’ long sordid history of standing against Israel, with Hamas, with the antisemitic Boycott, Divest & Sanction supporters is known to all…perhaps except Deedra?
    I usually stay out of politics but as a for-real feminist, I am rejecting Deedra Abboud for our state Senate based on logical, legitimate, well reasoned arguments, not on bias, all of which contradict her claim of believing in “traditional American values.” Ginette Weiner, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Isabel Piedmont-Smith
    published this page in Candidates 2014-07-29 19:20:46 -0400