County Council Candidate
Dear Democratic Friends,
On January 13th Cheryl Munson, Geoff McKim and I filed to serve you for another term as your County Council at-large representatives. Over the past few years we have had many successes and have collaborated in a very collegial fashion.
Geoff, Cheryl and I have had many mutual accomplishments along with the rest of our colleagues. A few of these have been; passing fiscally responsible budgets, working with the City of Bloomington to fund a new Dispatch Center and funding a plan for the urbanizing area surrounding Bloomington. Over the next four years we plan to continue passing responsible, sensible budgets. We will work to stabilize funding for public safety, our elections and the Sophia Travis Social Services fund.
Many of you already know me as a former officer of the Democratic Party, but I’ve been delighted to see many new faces at Party gatherings. For those of you new to me, I will provide some background.
At age 7 my family moved to Bloomington when my father took a position on the IU faculty. I attended Roger’s School, Bloomington High School, and Indiana University. In 1981 my husband Dale and I were married and moved to western Monroe County where we started Stranger’s Hill Certified Organic Greenhouses and Farm. We now operate the oldest Certified Organic Farm in Indiana! While the majority of our business is wholesale, I’ve been a vender at the Bloomington Farmers Market for over 30 years. The market is a great place to get to know different aspects of our community. As a good listener I hear a lot about the goals and concerns of citizens. As a Council member I’ve been pleased to work with my colleagues to address the needs of our citizens.
My interest in politics began when working for Warren Henegar’s Congressional campaign in 1970. Since then I have participated in many campaigns and developed a deep interest in local governance and politics. I was elected Treasurer of the Democratic Party in 2000, then Vice Chair in 2003, and Chair in 2005. I held that position until 2009. I felt privileged to serve the Party and get to know the many dedicated Monroe County Democrats. During my time as Chair the Democratic Party swept County offices! We continued that legacy through the successful efforts of Chairs Rick Dietz, Trent Deckard, and our current Chair Mark Fraley.
I’m excited to once again run for County Council with Cheryl and Geoff. We’re a great team and hope to continue to be so. During the next four years we will continue to work on our joint projects and individual ones that we will be telling you about during the campaign.
This year may require more effort to find and vote for the at large candidates because of possible State legislative ballot changes. Please take time to locate us on the ballot, then vote for Geoff McKim, Cheryl Munson, and Lee Jones.
We’re looking forward to meeting and listening to as many Democrats as possible over the next few months.
County Council at-large