Monroe County Democrats form African-American caucus chapter

Herald Times: Monroe County Democrats have started a local chapter of the Indiana Democratic African-American Caucus.

Monroe County Democrats have started a local chapter of the Indiana Democratic African-American Caucus.

Organizers say they formed the new chapter to increase representation of African-American voters at the polls and to raise the participation of black leaders in the local Democratic Party.

“I am thrilled to work with other leaders within our community to ensure African-Americans are involved at every level of Democratic politics,” Nicole Bolden, Bloomington city clerk and one of the organizers of the new group, said in a news release. “We are working within the Democratic Party to bridge the gap between public education and political action.”

Bolden noted that the group differs from other groups, such as the NAACP, due to the strictly political focus of the new organization.

Valerie Hosea, a local resident and member, added that “at a day and age in which the Republican nominee for president scores political points by insulting minority voters, I can’t think of a more important time to engage African-American voters in the Democratic Party.”

Mark Fraley, chairman of the Monroe County Democratic Party, expressed enthusiasm about the new organization. “I am very excited that Democrats are organizing and expanding the Democratic Party base,” Fraley said in a statement. “The African-American caucus will fill a vital role in building our party and continuing to move Monroe County in the right direction.”

The group, IDAAC-Monroe County, will meet on a monthly basis. Individuals interested in getting involved are encouraged to contact Bolden at 812-361-1005 or fnicole.bolden@gmail.com.