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 chair@monroedems.org 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.

http://www.heraldtimesonline.com/stories/2012/08/21/news.monroe-county-councils-warren-henegar-dies.sto         
http://www.heraldtimesonline.com/stories/2012/08/22/obit.obituaries.sto

Farewell dear friend…
-Rick


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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