End of the Year 2012

As the year winds down I want to thank all of you for your important contributions throughout the past year.  2012 was a year where our wins and losses were both political and personal. Your support helped our party emerge from 2012 in positions of strength in local and national political spheres. We can be proud of our candidates and of the efforts of our hundreds of volunteers to make our community a better place. Thank you for being a part of that effort.

There is only one last step to close out the 2012 Election.  We will be swearing-in newly elected and re-elected officeholders at a Swearing-in Ceremony on January 1 and you are invited!  The Monroe County Swearing-in Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, January 1 at 2 p.m. at the Judge Nat U. Hill Room at the Monroe County Courthouse. You are invited to attend. This is a non-partisan event and will be an opportunity to congratulate all of our recently elected and re-elected county officials. All are welcome.

With that being said, I am happy to close out 2012.  2013 will be a year of planning and building and reorganization for the MCDP.  I'm looking forward to it.  With your help we will keep our party strong and be more than ready for the next election cycle in 2014.

Happy New Year!

Call to Caucus: Dec. 12, 2012

I hope this note reaches you well and warm. As you've probably heard, Mark Stoops has resigned from the position of Commissioner in order to be sworn in as a State Senator. This leaves a vacancy on the 3 member Board of Commissioners that it is our responsibility to fill. Thus I am calling together a caucus for the purpose of electing a County Commissioner for District 2 to serve the remainder of Mark's term which ends December 31, 2012.

In other news, MCDP Secretary Nicole Bolden has also resigned. Nicole was responsible for our Dispatch email updates though the general election and Secretary responsibilities under state party rules. We appreciate her service and wish her the best with her other projects and commitments. Given Nicole's resignation, we will also elect a replacement Secretary at this same caucus to serve the remainder of the Secretary term which ends in March 2013.

The caucus will be held on Wednesday Dec 12, 2012 at 5:30 pm in the Monroe County Courthouse, Nat U. Hill Meeting Room, at 100 West Kirkwood Ave., Bloomington, Indiana. It will be the first of this year's long series of Caucuses that we hold in the Monroe County Courthouse. I'm glad we will be in a position to meet there this time. This is the last caucus of the year I promise!

For the official notice of the caucus, please continue reading below. Otherwise I hope everyone has a lovely and warm Thanksgiving.

Take care,

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Thoughts on Election 2012


I want to share a few thoughts with you about the election. The results were very positive at the national and local level and I am very proud of our performance in Monroe County. Although Indiana state government went deep red due to Gerrymandered districts, Monroe County continued to be a bright blue beacon.

I wish to thank all of the MCDP officers, MCDP volunteers, coordinated campaign staff, OFA, IU Democrats and everyone that gave this campaign their all. We didn't have an Indiana presidential campaign as the wind behind our backs as in 2008, but we made up for that with a great campaign organization at MCDP headquarters and amazing volunteers.

From the standpoint of the Monroe County Democratic Party Chair, I am proud of the efforts that every candidate invested in this race. You all ran solid campaigns despite the turmoil and tragedy of this election cycle. And although we don’t know the precise Monroe County totals yet — provisional ballots are yet to be counted — the results are clear: all of our candidates will continue to serve our community with distinction inside and outside of government. For those who are new or returning to elected office, we can be proud that they are representing us and our community. For those who did not make it through on Election night, they have our greatest respect for their service and for giving this campaign everything they had.

A special note to our volunteers... I know all of our officers are grateful for your service and commitment to improving our community. It was a strong campaign executed in a very imperfect year filled with ballot changes, personal tragedies and without the strong Presidential presence we had in 2008. But you worked hard, worked creatively and worked intelligently to get us across the finish line on Election Day. Thank you all!

It was truly an honor to work with all of our community's Democrats and to get to know you better throughout this campaign. I regret that we were only able to do so much as a County against the GOP in the statehouse. It will be a challenging time for Indiana with the Tea Party driving Hoosier politics. Notwithstanding this setback, the quality of our campaigns and candidates helped us hold our ground in Monroe County. It was my primary goal this election cycle to demonstrate clearly and without a doubt that we have a durable Democratic majority in Monroe County government. And I think the results reflect this. That is not to say that we will or can win all races but like Bloomington, the burden of governing Monroe County falls largely upon Democrats. That is a responsibility we have sought and one we must honor.

All of you have much for which you can be proud. Despite Indiana not being contested at the presidential level, the quality of our local campaigns and candidates helped us hold our ground in Monroe County and to elect many great Democrats to represent us. Always remember that you were a critical part in keeping Monroe County blue in 2012! I count this campaign year as one of my most personally challenging and rewarding experiences: it has been my honor to serve as your Democratic Party Chairperson and to work alongside so many great people for a common goal in this critical election year.

All the best,

Get Out The Vote! and Vote!

Get out the vote!

We need your help to Get Out the Vote through 6PM on Election Day!

  • Call us at 812-336-5875
  • Come to HQ at 335 S College Ave. 
  • Email us at organizing@monroedems.org


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Stoops says Dallas is avoiding public scrutiny

Mark Stoops, Democratic candidate for State Senate District 40 says Monroe County Republican Party Chair Steve Hogan and local Republican candidates have no interest in debating their “Tea Party” agenda.
Stoops, current President of the Monroe County Board of Commissioners, says his opponent for the Senate seat, and many other local Republican candidates, are avoiding public debate. “My opponent has refused to stand up and make his case in a format that would force him to justify his agenda.”
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Monroe County Democratic Party Annual JJ Dinner Fundraiser

The Monroe County Jefferson-Jackson Dinner is scheduled for Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 6:00 pm at Terry's Banquet and Catering Center at 3124 Canterbury Court,  Bloomington, IN 47404. Our Jefferson Jackson Dinner is our annual celebration of the founding of the Democratic Party and a major fundraising event for us. Our keynote speaker will be the Honorable Lee Hamilton.

Seats will be $50. Table sponsorships are available for $400 and include 8 seats. Event sponsorships are available at the $250 level and include 2 seats. There will also be a silent auction: donations are welcome!

Please contact Hans at hhuffman@sbcglobal.net or (812) 361-9316 if you'd like to reserve a table or a sponsorship. You can also buy individual tickets at https://secure.actblue.com/page/2012mcdpjj.

McKim, Jones, Munson Call For Investment in Community Corrections

Democratic Candidates for County Council Geoff McKim, Lee Jones, and Cheryl Munson call on the County Council to invest in a permanent facility for the Monroe County Community Corrections program.

Community Corrections is an innovative program that provides a continuum of alternatives to incarceration, including public restitution, road crew, day reporting, and home detention. The program is essential to keeping the jail population below the mandatory caps.

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Early Voting is On!

Early voting has begun.  Not only is early voting convenient, but it helps local Democrats.  Casting an early vote helps all Democratic candidates and campaigns since it allows us to concentrate our get-out-the-vote effort on others instead of you. It will also reduce the number of political calls and mailings you get too.

You can cast your vote at the Curry Building at 214 W Seventh Street in downtown Bloomington:


Early voting in Curry Building (214 W Seventh St):

  • Tuesday - Friday, Oct. 9-12; 15-19; 22-26; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Monday - Friday, Oct. 29 - Nov. 2, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday Oct. 27 and Nov. 3, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Monday Nov. 5, 8 a.m. to noon

Satellite voting, 10:00 am-6:00 pm:

  • Oct. 16 - 17, St. Paul United Methodist Church, 4201 W. Third St.
  • Oct. 22 - 23, Evangelical Community Church, 503 S. High St.
  • Oct. 25 - 26, St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, 4607 W. Ind. 46, Ellettsville, IN.
  • Oct. 29 - 30, Indiana University Assembly Hall, South Lobby, 1001 E. 17th St.

Cheryl Munson Candidate Statement

Cheryl Munson • 6707 W. Rock East Road • Bloomington, IN 47403

Dear Democrats,

While sharing our grief over the tragedy of Sophia Travis’ passing, Democrat friends asked me to consider filling her spot on the ballot. No one can ever take Sophia’s place, but I am willing to take on this short campaign for the County Council as my way to honor her and to serve. I want to help retain a voice on the Council that promotes both transparency in government actions and listening to constituents across the county, just as she promised to do. And I need your help to do this.

To tell you a bit about myself is easy. For 40 years I have lived in rural Monroe County, worked in Bloomington, and been actively involved with the local Democratic Party. With community service and campaigning for other candidates behind me, I decided to run for Indian Creek Township Board in 1994 to help resolve public-safety issues. I was elected that year and again in 1998, 2002, and 2006. I gained 16 years of experience overseeing the Township’s budgets, encouraging government transparency (there’s that word again!), and understanding the needs of residents. This experience as a candidate and officeholder will serve me well on the County Council.

In addition to my service in Township government, I have additional experience that will inform me as I serve on the Council:

  • since 2001, Monroe County Historic Preservation Board (Chair for 9 years);
  • since 2007, Monroe County Plan Review Committee, advising on land-use changes;
  • since 2011, Monroe County Extension Advisory Board, for 4-H, nutrition, and Master Gardener programs; and
  • in 2011, citizen member of the County Council’s Community Services Grants Committee.
I am known as an advocate for residents and for our environment in other ways. When a new highway was planned across southern Monroe County in the late 1980s, I began to collect data and promote a safer and more environmentally sensible route, long before the highway was called I-69. Now, 24 years later, I’m still speaking out about the highway’s safety issues and impacts on our county’s historic districts. Dedication is the cornerstone of my public service.

Over the years, my service to the community connected me with people serving throughout the county at Planned Parenthood, PTO/PTO Council, MCCSC committees, 4-H, volunteer fire department, community association, Scouts, booster programs for youth sports, choir, theater, and even those growing vegetables for food-security programs. In sharing this work with others, I gained a better understanding of what residents expect and need from their county government. I am accessible and approachable, and I will be responsive to constituent concerns.

My husband, Patrick Munson, and I are rooted in Indian Creek Township, where we raised our children and are now active grandparents. In my professional life, I am an archaeologist and research scientist in the Department of Anthropology at Indiana University. This work is relevant to the Council because it provides me years of experience in collecting and analyzing information, developing and managing detailed budgets, and advocating at the Statehouse and in Washington for new initiatives or improved procedures for protection of heritage resources. Equally important, my research takes me to all corners of Monroe County. I know our hills and hollows, our natural and built environments, and what is durable, what is fragile, and what is in need of attention.

In 2010 I ran for County Council in District 2, which at that time comprised the southern and western townships of the county. Although I did not prevail in this highly Republican area, I was heartened by a strong showing in many of the precincts and again planned to run for County Council At-Large this past May. A crowded field of incumbents, including my 2010 Campaign Chair Warren Henegar, led me to change my mind.

I have the same reasons for serving as ever: I love Monroe County – our beautiful setting and our diverse and vibrant community – and want to help guide its future. I will use my caring, knowledge, and experience to:

  • Attend to the fiscal responsibilities. Setting County budgets is an exercise in understanding community values and setting priorities. Restructuring county government for greater efficiency can best done in a collaborative manner with Department staff and officials.
  • Preserve our valuable resources. We must strive to ensure that the natural, cultural, and government resources that residents care about and depend on, and that make our county the best in the state, are protected.
  • Guide our growth. Our county should grow in a way that is sensible and manageable. Immediate growth concerns include the public safety and transportation-connectivity issues brought by I-69. Expanding tourism will generate revenue and support economic growth, as well.
I will work collaboratively on the Council to help shape our county’s future and to keep the concerns of county residents at the forefront. Sophia and I shared a caring approach and a willingness to listen, collect information, and then to act. Although I have my own style and my own priorities, I will maintain this same approach.

I hope you will lend me your support in this very short campaign. With your help, I will win in November and honor Sophia the best way that I can: by ensuring that we maintain a Democratic majority on the Council, with a focus on service to the public.

Thank you,

CherylMunson2012@gmail.com (812) 325-3407
Cheryl Munson for Council (Dorothy Granger, Treasurer)
6707 W. Rock East Road Bloomington, IN 47403

A Note from Cheryl Munson

Dear Democrat Friends,

I hope you had a chance to read Rick Dietz's message about the tragic vacancy left by Sophia Travis' passing, and the plan to fill the upcoming ballot vacancy.

I have agreed to be appointed by our Chair to fill the County Council ballot position, if Rick is given this authority by the Central Committee, to honor Sophia. No one wants to run in such circumstances, but there is an important "job" on the County Council that Democrats in our community cannot ignore.


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