MCDP Meeting 20120928

Democratic friends,

Due to the tragic passing of candidate Sophia Travis, there is a vacancy on the ballot for Monroe County Council At-Large. As of Saturday morning absentee ballots are required to be mailed to voters with Sophia's name on them and that will continue until a successor is named.  

After consulting extensively with the Indiana Election Division, The Indiana Democratic Party, former MCDP Chairpersons, MCDP officers, precinct committeemembers, and several attorneys, the best course of action was to call a party meeting to secure appointment authority at the soonest date possible, Friday 28th.  Precinct Commiteemembers have received an official invitation and letter to this effect by now. Adopting a resolution authorizing appointment authority will allow me to place a new name on the ballot at the soonest possible date.

This has been a horrible experience for all of us.  I want to thank Dan Parker, Sarah Riordan, Jan Ellis, Pat Williams, Lee Jones, Trent Deckard, Guy & Connie Loftman, and our MCDP officers (Kyla, Hans and Nicole) for their assistance working through this complicated and unpleasant business.

In accordance with Indiana Democratic Party Rules, I have called a meeting of Democratic precinct committee persons for all Monroe County precincts for the purpose of authorizing the Monroe County Party Chair to have appointment authority for this vacancy.  The meeting will be held on Friday, September 28, 2012 at 7:00 pm in the Bloomington City Hall Council Chambers at 401 North Morton Street, Bloomington, Indiana.  I realize the this isn't a good time to have a meeting, but time is of the essence, and it will be quick.

It is my intent to appoint a candidate in keeping with the results of our Caucus earlier in the summer for County Council At-large.  As you will recall Lee Jones carried that Caucus with Cheryl Munson coming in a close second.  Scott Wells came in a close third to Cheryl, with Jeff Carson coming in fourth.  I have talked with Cheryl Munson and she remains interested in the County Council At-large position and is willing to accept my appointment. Scott Wells is supporting Cheryl for this position alongside me.  No candidate wishes to be in this position, but Cheryl is a community leader and is prepared for this challenge.  She will need our support, and she certainly has mine.  If you are willing to help Cheryl get her last-minute campaign started, please contact her right away at
(812) 325-3407

Cheryl Munson for County Council
6707 W. Rock East Road
Bloomington, IN  47403 

All Monroe County Democratic Party precinct committeepersons are invited and eligible to vote at this meeting.  Vice precinct committee persons shall be eligible to vote if they are carrying a proxy for an absent committee person in accordance with Indiana Democratic Party Rules.  Proxy notes may be presented to me at the meeting.  A majority vote of Precinct Chairs present at the meeting is sufficient to authorize appointment authority by resolution.  

Any questions about this meeting can be addressed to me at or at 812-671-0076.

Thank you for your support and understanding as we navigate this difficult period and press forward with our Fall elections.  I will send out a statement from Cheryl soon.


Sophia Travis

I have sad news that I can barely bring myself to write... last night Sophia Travis passed away. 
Sophia was a dear friend, a community leader, a creative & musical spirit, and a caring mother & wife. Sophia had suffered since early in the year from an undiagnosed heart-related condition and had just returned from the Cleveland Clinic where she, Greg and young Finnigan had travelled for care. 
Sophia personified kindness -- a dense gravitation kindness -- and wielded a gentle strength that could move mountains.  And move all those around her.  And did many times over. 
There are times when one wonders how this world can just keep turning with loss after loss we can hardly bear. Please keep Finnigan, Greg and all of Sophia's family and friends in your thoughts today. 
Where I am, I don't know, I'll never know, in the silence you don't know, you must go on, I can't go on, I'll go on --  Samuel Beckett

Local Democrats Need Your Support Today!

There is no doubt that 2012 will be a historic election for Monroe County, for Indiana and for our Nation. Four years ago, for the first time in decades, the concerted effort of Democrats across the state put Indiana in the Democratic column. Although 2012 is a very different year, we have opportunities to wrest Governor, Senator and Congressional seats from Republican hands and maintain strong Democratic leadership in Monroe County.

There are communities larger than us in Indiana, but none in Indiana speaks with as bold and strong a voice as Monroe County and Bloomington. Monroe County is pivotal to Election night victories in the 9th Congressional District, Indiana Governor and US Senate races. If we do not turn out our Democratic base, we will be poorly represented for two, four and six-year terms.

We need your help...

  • to provide support for local candidates, office holders, democratic volunteers and voters, 
  • to support our voter registration, voter contact, and get-out-the-vote efforts,
  • to fund our campaign literature and mailings through Election day,
  • to pay our rent and utilities at MCDP Headquarters, and
  • to fund our day-to-day headquarters office expenses.

Our strength, our vision, and our hard work could very well be the margin of victory in the 9th District and Indiana statewide offices.

It has been said that all politics is local. But too few of the donations are in a year like this. In order to seize this opportunity to shape our state and national parties and our state and national politics, we need your support!

If there has ever been a Republican slate as radical as Romney/Ryan, Pence, Mourdock and Young, I haven’t seen it. Times like these demand the action of good Democrats. The front lines of this campaign are right here at home. Join the Monroe County Democratic Party in this fight. Contribute today!

Rick Dietz
MCDP Chair

PS In the most critical races on the ballot, the difference between Red and Blue is you. $10 will purchase copier paper, $50 dollars will help us provide Voter IDs to those in need, $100 will help pay our utility bills, $500 will purchase a computer for data entry at our phone banks, and $1000 will pay a month’s rent. Become a member of the Monroe County Democratic Party today! We need you.


Alice Eads Elected at Caucus for Monroe County Council

On Monday Sept 10th at 7PM the Monroe County Democratic Party held a caucus at the Bloomington Convention Center to fill the County Council At-large seat left vacant due to the passing of Warren Henegar.  The term ends December 31, 2012.  This Monroe County Democratic Party caucus was chaired by Rick Dietz with the assistance of Kyla Cox and Nicole Bolden. John Irvine spoke in remembrance of Warren before the official caucus proceedings.

Alice Eads was the only candidate to file for her father Warren Henegar's seat. At the caucus Alice Eads was elected to serve the remainder of the term for Monroe County Council At-large effective today and in time for County Council Budget Hearings.  We congratulate Alice on her victory in the caucus and for her willingness to serve.  She was sworn in at the Caucus and begins her term immediately.

Call to Caucus 2012-09-10

On a sad note, we will be holding a caucus of Democratic precinct committee persons for all Monroe County precincts for the purpose of filling the position of County Council At-large vacated by Warren Henegar. The term ends December 31, 2012. The caucus will be held on Monday Sept 10, 2012 at 7:00 pm in the Bloomington Convention Center, Duke Room, at 302 South College Ave., Bloomington, Indiana. All Democrats are welcome to attend the caucus.  

All Monroe County Democratic Party precinct committee persons are eligible to vote in the County Council At-large election. Vice precinct committeepersons shall be eligible to vote if they are carrying a proxy for their committeeperson in accordance with Indiana Democratic Party Rules.  Proxy notes may be submitted to me ahead of time or at the Caucus.  Email shall be acceptable for the submission of a proxy statement.

Candidates for County Council At-large must be eligible to be a candidate for County Council At-large.  Candidates must file form CEB-5 with the Caucus Chair, Rick Dietz, 72 hours before the caucus – by 7PM on Wednesday Sept 7, 2012.  Any questions about this caucus can be addressed to Rick Dietz at or at 812-671-0076.

Warren Henegar

Warren sworn in 2009As you've heard, Monroe County Council Member  Warren Henegar passed away yesterday morning.  Our deepest sympathies are with Warren's family, friends and fellow adventurers throughout the years.  Much has and will be said about Warren.  He leaves a legacy of service and a life well-lived that should be an example to all of us.  I know him from a small fraction of his life as a farmer and a colleague on the Monroe County Council, but if it can be said of anyone it can be said of Warren: he contained multitudes.  His presence will be deeply missed, but it will continue to be felt in our community, in our lives, in the land.

I want to share with you that there will be a visitation on Monday, August 27, 5 to 8 p.m. at the Monroe County Courthouse, 100 W. Kirkwood, Bloomington, Indiana.  In addition a memorial will be held at the Meetinghouse of the Bloomington Religious Society of Friends, 3820 Moores Pike, Bloomington, IN, on Sunday, October 7 at 2 p.m.

These links below will take you to articles in the Herald Times about Warren and his obituary, including the Henegar-esque request that in lieu of flowers, Warren asks that you pay your taxes without complaint.

Farewell dear friend…

HQ Needs

Headquarters is hopping.  To help us keep running strong we need some additional stuff…

If you can donate or provide us with any of these items for our HQ please call our  HQ Coordinator Sandy Churchill before you donate or deliver.  Sandy will coordinate incoming items and plumbing activities: 336-5875 or

Indian Creek Township

About a week ago Andy Alexander submitted his resignation form the Indian Creek Township Board.  Under Indiana law the relevant County party chair is required to make an appointment for that office since there is only one precinct in Indian Creek Township.  I am proud to inform you that I have appointed Meri Reinhold to serve on the Indian Creek Township board.  As you may recall Meri ran a strong race to serve on this board in 2010.  Now she has that opportunity, and just in time for budgets!  Good luck, Meri, and thanks for your service!

A note from Matt Pierce on the State House Democratic Caucus leadership change:

The House Democratic Caucus has changed its leadership to enable a more robust campaign effort and better messaging about the issues and our policies.  Rather than leaving operation of the legislative campaigns in one person's hands, a team of legislators will work on the campaigns.  House Democrats want to better coordinate with state and federal candidates and the other coordinated grassroots efforts.

House Democrats have a real fight on their hands.  The Republicans have gerrymandered the legislative districts to their advantage and millions of dollars are being funneled to them from out-of-state right-wing groups who supported their anti-labor and public school privatization agenda.

We will have to re-double caucus fundraising efforts and harness the power of our grassroots volunteers to turn back the Republicans and their terrible policies.

Matt Pierce