Lorraine Merriman Farrell Announces Candidacy for Bloomington Township Board
As a native Hoosier, Lorraine Merriman Farrell originally came to Bloomington, Indiana as an undergraduate Fine Arts student. The vibrancy, activism, and the generosity of spirit that run throughout our community easily led to her decision to stay in place where she and her husband raised their two sons who also live, work, and thrive here.
As summarized by the State of Indiana, “Duties of the (Township) board include adopting the annual budget, serving as a board of finance, and approving township contracts.” Lorraine is keenly aware that governmental budgets reflect who we are as a community. With that in mind, she will bring to bare her past experience as part-owner of the multi-million dollar Bloomington, Indiana company previously known as Sunrise Publications and InterArt, Inc where she served as Vice President and Chair of the Vice Presidential Committee whose members collectively served as the company’s Chief Operations Officer.
Lorraine’s past experience as the owner of a small, successful retail gallery, FOSSIL RAIN®, which was located on the west side of the downtown County Courthouse Square for over a decade, will also inform her work on the township board. As a small business owner in the very heart of our city, she had the opportunity to build meaningful connections with citizens from all walks of life as well as countless organizations, institutions, businesses, and events that exist throughout our county. During that time, she also had the privilege of serving as one of the founding members of the Downtown Bloomington Gallery Walk.
As one of Monroe County’s longest serving Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Lorraine continues to demonstrate her commitment to some of our most vulnerable citizens in desperate need of assistance; neglected and abused children and their families. Many of these same families have been recipients of Township Trustees’ kind assistance. Lorraine is currently in her 20th year of service as a CASA Volunteer and her related work is the centerpiece of her many volunteer efforts throughout our county.
Farrell’s additional comments:
As a future member of the Bloomington Township Board, Lorraine Merriman Farrell will work to ensure the Bloomington Township Trustee will have a budget that supports the following objectives of the Trustee’s office in service of Bloomington Township residents:
- Provide temporary emergency help due to unforeseen hardship;
Assist with basic needs such as rent, utilities, food, and some medical care
• Provide fire protection and work to maintain our Northern Monroe Fire Territory;
Maintain abandoned cemeteries, handle weed complaints and fence line disputes, and arrange for indigent burials;
• And keep the garden properly tended, the food pantry stocked with healthy foods, maintain the family shelter, and retain ownership of the building housing a community meal site.
Lorraine has a solid history of supporting the Monroe County Democratic Party including, but not limited to:
- Four years of service as the Party’s appointee to the Monroe County Election Board (January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2015);
- Countless volunteer hours, as needed and able, including event coordination of FDR Gala and JJ Dinner celebrations, moving headquarters, helping at the Farmers Market, and organizing July 4th Parades and MCDP’s Monroe County Fair Booth;
- Recruiting poll workers and working in early/absentee voting and at the polls on election day;
- Assisting with the organization of and participation in the very successful 2017 Your Voice Matters Listening Tour;
- And through continuous financial support.
Additionally, Lorraine was appointed by the City Council to serve on the Bloomington Commission on the Status of Women and completed one term in that position. She is also a long-time member of the Democratic Women’s Caucus, serving on their Steering Committee for four years as Treasurer for the great majority of that time. Lorraine has also managed, co-managed, and worked on numerous, successful, local, political campaigns.
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