Rick Dietz

  • published Call to Caucus 2012-09-10 in Media 2012-08-25 23:53:00 -0400

    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.

  • published Why the rooster in your logo? in FAQ 2012-08-25 00:11:00 -0400

    Why the rooster in your logo?


    The rooster is the official symbol of the Democratic Party in many states including Indiana.  You may recall seeing it on paper ballots next to the option to vote a straight Democratic ticket, which we highly encourage, by the way! The use of the rooster as a symbol for the Democratic Party started right here in Indiana.  Despite the more commonplace use of the Donkey as a symbol, only the rooster has been officially adopted.  We think it is a nice connection to our Party's history.

    Here are some additional resources for more information:


  • published Where is MCDP Headquarters located? in FAQ 2012-08-23 21:36:13 -0400

    Where is MCDP Headquarters located?


    Our Headquarters is located across Sounth College Ave from the Convention Center.  It's in a big white house.  Our street address is

    Monroe County Democratic Party
    627 N. Morton St.
    Bloomington, IN 47404

    Here is our Headquarters in Google Maps

  • published Warren Henegar in Media 2012-08-22 22:13:01 -0400

    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…

  • followed District & Precinct Maps 2012-09-13 14:56:41 -0400

  • published HQ Needs in Media 2012-08-21 01:50:07 -0400

    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 churchillsandra@gmail.com

  • published Indian Creek Township in Media 2012-08-21 01:24:46 -0400

    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

  • published Absentee Voting in Voting Information 2017-07-06 22:38:21 -0400

    Absentee Voting

    Absentee Voting by Mail

    • Voters may file an absentee ballot application beginning on May 22nd, 2018. All absentee-by-mail applications must be received by October 29th, 2018. Download an absentee ballot application at the bottom of this page. 
    • In order to vote absentee-by-mail, one of the following must apply:

      1. You have a specific, reasonable expectation that you will be absent from the county on Election Day during the entire 12 hours that the polls are open (6 am until 6 pm).You have a disability.

      2. You are at least 65 years of age.

      3. You will have official election duties outside of your voting precinct.

      4. You are scheduled to work at your regular place of employment during the entire 12 hours that the polls are open.

      5. You will be confined due to illness or injury or you will be caring for an individual confined due to illness or injury during the entire 12 hours that the polls are open.

      6. You are prevented from voting because of a religious discipline or religious holiday during the entire 12 hours that the polls are open.

      7. You are a participant in the state's address confidentiality program.

      8. You are a member of the military or a public safety officer.


    Absentee Voting by Travel Board

    • In order to vote absentee-by-traveling board, one of the following must apply:
      1. The voter expects to be confined, due to illness or injury, or the voter expects to be caring for a confined person at a private residence, on Election Day.
      2. The voter is a voter with disabilities and believes their polling place is not accessible to them.
      3. The voter is physically unable to complete the ballot and sign the affidavit on their own.
    • The ballot will be delivered to you by a bi-partisan absentee voter board who will be able to assist you with your ballot.
    • Voters voting by traveling board are NOT required to show photo ID.
    • If you are confined, due to illness or injury, or expect to be caring for a confined person at a private residence on election day,  you may request a bipartisan team of two to visit you at your place of confinement to assist you with voting. Call Absentee Voting Office at 812-349-2612 to request your application to vote by Travel Board.


    If you need help requesting an absentee ballot, please see here or call Absentee Voting at the Monroe County Clerk's Office at 812-349-2612.

  • published Democratic Organizations in Your Democrats 2012-08-21 01:00:11 -0400

    Democratic Organizations



    Democracy for Monroe County

    Democracy for Monroe County (DFMC) is a political action committee dedicated to recruiting and supporting fiscally responsible and socially progressive candidates at the local and state levels. DFMC is part of a nationwide coalition of grassroots groups allied with Democracy for America, the political action committee inspired by the presidential campaign of Howard Dean. DFMC meets on the first Thursday of every month.


    Democratic Women’s Caucus

    DWC.jpgThe Democratic Women's Caucus Mission: To fund, inspire, recruit, support, and train progressive women to increase the numbers of women in the electoral process and in elected and appointed positions. The Democratic Women's Caucus meets on the first Friday of every month at the Village Deli on Kirkwood at 7:30 a.m. for breakfast. All Progressive-minded individuals are welcome to attend.

    Indiana Democratic Party


    The Indiana Democratic Party is the official arm of the Democratic Party in Indiana. Let's work together to elect Democratic candidates at every level of government.


    Indiana Latino Democratic Caucus, Ninth District IN_Latino_Dems.png

    The INLDC-9th District seeks to encourage and facilitate active participation, of all Latinos living in the 9th District, in democratic processes and activities.     

    Indiana Ninth District Disability Caucus 

    The mission of the INDDC is to advocate for and actively include people with disabilities in the ninth district. 

    Indiana Young Democrats of Monroe County

    Indiana Young Democrats of Monroe County (IYDMC) is a chapter of the premier youth-led grassroots political organization in the state of Indiana. As the official youth caucus of the Indiana Democratic Party, Indiana Young Democrats (IYD) is a voting member of the Indiana State Central Committee. IYDMC membership dues are $15 annually for and is open to all Indiana Democrats age 14-35. You can submit dues and join the Monroe County chapter at https://secure.actblue.com/donate/iydmc. For more information, please feel free to reach out at monroecountyiyd@gmail.com.

    Indiana University College Democrats


    The IU College Democrats is dedicated to promoting the Democratic Party platform, involving IU students in the Democratic Party, and to electing Democratic to local, state, and federal offices. You can find the IUCD's at Office 574, Student Activities Tower of the IMU. 

    Contact: iudems@indiana.edu


    Monroe County Black Democratic Caucus                       

    MCBDC_LOGO.jpegThe Monroe County Black Democratic Caucus (MCBDC) is dedicated to the empowerment   of African Americans in the planning, decision making, and overall progress of the Democratic Party and the promotion of African American candidates seeking public office within Monroe County. The MCBDC meets the third Thursday of each month at the Monroe County Democratic Party Headquarters (116 S. Madison St. Suite A, Bloomington, IN 47404).   


    Monroe County Democrats’ Club

    The Monroe County Democrats Club MCDC meets on the 3rd Tuesday of every month (except December) from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Location, speakers, and program subjects vary. 


    Ninth District Democratic Party9th_Dist._Dems.jpg

    The Ninth District Democratic Party is the official arm of the Indiana Democratic Party for the Ninth Congressional District of Indiana.





  • published Central Committee in Your Democrats 2012-08-21 00:52:18 -0400

    Central Committee

    List of Precinct Chairs and Vice Chairs--updated 10/30/18

    Bean Blossom 01 Chair Randy Jacobs rjacobs37@gmail.com
      Vice Chair Barbara Stewart bstew@bluemarble.net
    Bean Blossom 02 Chair Richie Carter mcarter@indiana.edu
    Benton 1 Chair Tressia Martin fieldstd@yahoo.com
      Vice Chair James P. David jamespmdavid@yahoo.com
    Benton 2 Chair Eric Schmitz eric@ericschmitz.com
    Bloomington 03 Chair Chaim Julian chjulia@umail.iu.edu
    Bloomington 05 Chair Vic Kelson vic.kelson@gmail.com
    Bloomington 06 Chair Cathi Crabtree cathic9@gmail.com
    Bloomington 08 Chair Charlotte Zietlow zietlowc@gmail.com
      Vice Chair      
    Bloomington 09 Chair Erin Wyatt eebwyatt@gmail.com
      Vice Chair Stephen Wyatt stevetwyatt@yahoo.com
    Bloomington 10 Chair Tom Pappas tom.k.pappas@gmail.com
    Bloomington 11 Chair Julie Thomas drjuliethomas@gmail.com
      Vice Chair Mark Kruzan markkruzan@att.net
    Bloomington 12 Chair Jeanne Smith jean.bailey.smith@gmail.com
      Vice Chair Riley Gough rileygough@hotmail.com
    Bloomington 13 Chair Jillian Kinzie jilliankinzie@gmail.com
      Vice Chair David Vandeventer dsvandev@gmail.com
    Bloomington 14 Chair Cory Ray Corydray34@gmail.com
    Bloomington 15 Chair Geoff McKim geoff.mckim@gmail.com
    Bloomington 16 Chair Jessica McClellan jmcclellan1978@gmail.com
    Bloomington 17 Chair Susan M. Sgambelluri bloomingtonsue@gmail.com
    Bloomington 18 Chair Rachel Guglielmo
    Bloomington 19 Chair Bob Loviscek loviscek86@gmail.com
    Bloomington 20 Chair Barbara E. McKinney mckinney_barbara@att.net
    Bloomington 21 Chair Lorraine Merriman Farrell lm.farrell@comcast.net
      Vice Chair Randy Paul
    Bloomington 22 Chair Larime Wilson larime.w@att.net
    Bloomington 23 Chair Nicole Bolden fnicole.bolden@gmail.com
    Clear Creek 01 Chair Peter Iversen peter.j.iversen@hotmail.com
    Clear Creek 02 Chair Mary Helen Ayres mhayres2@yahoo.com
    Indian Creek Chair Cheryl Munson
    Perry 01 Chair Ashley  Cranor
    Perry 02 Chair Erika Oliphant erika.oliphant@gmail.com
    Perry 03 Chair Jennifer Haralovich vicky@haralovich.org
      Vice Chair Rob Deppert robertdeppert@gmail.com
    Perry 04 Chair Sue Wanzer suewanzer@comcast.net
    Perry 05 Chair Denise Valkyrie d.valkyrie@wmwindiana.org
      Vice Chair Bill Baus Baus1210@gmail.com
    Perry 06 Chair Susan Dabkowski susandab21@gmail.com
      Vice Chair Carl Wilson  
    Perry 07 Chair Regina Moore regina.moore@gmail.com
      Vice Chair Noah Davidson nrdavids@iu.edu
    Perry 08 Chair Amanda Barge amandabarge@gmail.com
    Perry 09 Chair Nico Sigler nicosigler@gmail.com
    Perry 10 Chair Anthony S. Piatt flybands@gmail.com
      Vice Chair Amy Cox jrthurmo@indiana.edu
    Perry 11 Chair Thomas Coleman coleman@indiana.edu
      Vice Chair Pat Williams
    Perry 12 Chair David Blackwell davidblackwell25@gmail.com
      Vice Chair Jamie Morris
    Perry 13 Chair Paul Daily pdaily@gmail.com
      Vice Chair Trina Sterling trina.sterling@gmail.com
    Perry 14 Chair John Hamilton
    Perry 15 Chair Dawn Johnsen dawnjohnsen@gmail.com
      Vice Chair John Rickert jrickert1123@gmail.com
    Perry 16 Chair Jack Davis davijac2000@yahoo.com
      Vice Chair Brandi Host bmhost@gmail.com
    Perry 17 Chair Betsy S. Walsh walshbet@sbcglobal.net
      Vice Chair Dick Bauman bauman@indiana.edu
    Perry 18 Chair Iris F. Kiesling ifkiesling@aol.com
      Vice Chair Paul Purdom pwp@cs.indiana.edu
    Perry 19 Chair Sarah Bauerle sebauerle@gmail.com
      Vice Chair Joe Ryan jsryanjr@gmail.com
    Perry 20 Chair Carter Uebelhoer cduebelhoer@gmail.com
    Perry 23 Chair Ronald Peterson kublaron@gmail.com
      Vice Chair Olivia Reed oliviajreed@gmail.com
    Perry 26 Chair Ed Robertson edrbtsn@gmail.com
    Perry 27 Chair Carolyn VandeWiele cvpetdoc@comcast.net
    Perry 28 Chair Trent Deckard trentrdeckard@gmail.com
    Perry 29 Chair Kyla Cox Deckard knblanke@yahoo.com
    Perry 30 Chair Kaisa Goodman kaisa.galena@gmail.com
    Perry 31 Chair Sam Ujdak samuel.ujdak@gmail.com
      Vice Chair Kassandra Botts
    Perry 32 Chair Mark Fraley mark.fraley@gmail.com
      Vice Chair Denise Gardiner dagardin@iu.edu
    Richland 02 Chair Jackie Yenna jyenna52@bluemarble.net
      Vice Chair Linda Yenna lyenna53@bluemarble.net
    Richland 03 Chair Pamela Davidson pjdavidson@giftplanners.com
    Richland 05 Chair Carol D. Wilson cdwilson_900@comcast.net
      Vice Chair Scott Keegan skeegan@butler.edu
    Richland 06 Chair Lee Jones jones.lee3@gmail.com
      Vice Chair Dale Jones  
    Richland 07 Chair Howard Cross hcross@ns-ci.com
    Salt Creek Chair Donn Hall donnhall403@yahoo.com
    Van Buren 01 Chair Ashley Pirani bsox31@hotmail.com
      Vice Chair Byron Turner Turner1461@gmail.com
    Van Buren 02 Chair Jim Sims je.djsims@sbcglobal.net
      Vice Chair Doris Sims je.djsims@sbcglobal.net
    Van Buren 03 Chair Catherine Smith csmith@co.monroe.in.us
    Van Buren 04 Chair Will Smith justinian89@hotmail.com
    Washington Chair Richard Slabach richslabach@hotmail.com



  • published Office Holders in Your Democrats 2012-08-21 00:40:09 -0400

    Office Holders

    United States

    • United States Senate: Joe Donnelly

    State of Indiana

    • State Senate District 40: Mark Stoops
    • State House District 61: Matt Pierce

    Monroe County

    • Commissioners
      • District 1: Patrick Stoffers
      • District 2: Julie Thomas
      • District 3: Amanda Barge
    • Council
      • At-Large: Lee Jones, Geoff McKim, Cheryl Munson
      • District 1: Shelli Yoder
      • District 2: Ryan Cobine
      • District 4: Eric Spoonmore
    • Judges
      • Division 1: Honorable Holly Harvey
      • Division 4: Honorable Elizabeth A. Cure
      • Division 5: Honorable Mary Ellen Diekhoff
      • Division 7: Honorable Stephen R. Galvin
      • Division 8: Honorable Valeri Haughton
      • Division 9: Honorable Teresa D. Harper
    • Administrative Offices
      • Assessor: Judy Sharp
      • Auditor: Cathy Smith
      • Clerk of Courts: Nicole Brown
      • Coroner: Joani Shields
      • Prosecutor: Chris Gaal
      • Recorder: Eric Schmitz
      • Sheriff: Brad Swain
      • Surveyor: Trohn Randoph-Enright
      • Treasurer: Jessica McClellan

    City of Bloomington

    • Mayor: John Hamilton
    • City Clerk: Nicole Bolden
    • City Council:
      • At Large: Susan Sandberg, Andy Ruff, Jim Sims
      • District 1: Chris Sturbaum
      • District 2: Dorothy Granger
      • District 3: Allison Chopra
      • District 4: Dave Rollo
      • District 5: Isabel Piedmont-Smith
      • District 6: Steve Volan

    Town of Elletsville

    • Clerk-Treasurer: Sandra Hash

    Town of Stinesville

    • Town Council: Kimberly Cunningham, Rick Simpson, Luther Miller

    Bean Blossom Township

    • Trustee: Pamela Cook
    • Board: Vernal Chafin, Benny Walden 

    Benton Township

    • Trustee: Michelle Bright
    • Board: Lynn Stevens, Brian Crouch, Joe Husk

    Bloomington Township

    • Trustee: Lillian Henegar
    • Board: Kim Alexander, Barbara McKinney, Vic Kelson

    Indian Creek Township

    • Trustee: Vicki Sorensen
    • Board: Meri Reinhold, Amy Swain

    Perry Township

    • Trustee: Dan Combs
    • Board: Susie Hamilton, Barbara Sturbaum, Jack Davis

    Salt Creek Township

    • Trustee: Donn Hall
    • Board: Guy Cunningham Jr.


  • published Early Voting in Voting Information 2012-08-21 00:30:00 -0400

    Early Voting


    Election Central: 401 W. Seventh St., Bloomington

    Phone:(812) 349-2690

    Early Voting Times:
    Monday – Friday, October 10-November 2, 8 am-6 pm

    Saturday, October 27, 9 am-4 pm

    Saturday, November 3, 9 am-4 pm

    Monday, November 5, 8 am-noon


  • published Voting Information 2012-08-20 09:28:00 -0400

    Voter Information

    Click the tabs above to find the information you need to exercise your right to vote!


    Voters’ Bill of Rights


    You have the right to:

    1. Verify that you are registered to vote. Call your local elections office to make sure there are no problems with your registration. You can reach the office at 1-866-IN1-VOTE (461-8683) or check here
    2. Vote early. Any registered voter may vote early in person. See voting information for the dates and times of early voting. 
    3. Vote absentee. You may vote absentee if you will be absent from the county on Election Day, are scheduled to work during the entire 12 hours that the polls are open, or several other reasons. For a list of other absentee ballot qualifications please visit. See voting information for the dates related to absentee voting
    4. Vote in a safe and non-intimidating environment. Call 1-800-311-VOTE(8683) to report any discrepancies, problems, or issues at the polls.
    5. Vote at accessible and properly equipped polling places. The Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA) requires at least one accessible voting machine be placed in each polling place in addition to making the facility physically accessible. Call 866-IN1-VOTE or 800-622-4845 to report a polling place does not meet this requirement.
    6. Vote in person on Election Day. Polls are open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Election Day. Find your local polling place here or call -866-IN-1-VOTE. A government issued ID must be presented on Election Day. The ID must: (1) be issued by Indiana or the US government; (2) display your name in a manner that conforms to your voter registration record; (3) displays your photo; and (4) display an expiration date that is current or expired after November 4, 2008.
    7. Request assistance at the polls if needed. You may be assisted in the voting booth only if you have a disability (permanent or temporary) or are unable to read or write the English language. A request for assistance must be made before entering the voting booth. The voter may designate anyone as an assistant.
    8. Ask for a new ballot
    9. Take a marked sample ballot with you into the voting booth
    10. Vote if you are in line when polls close at 6 p.m.

    For more information contact:

    Federal law guarantees your right to cast a ballot even if someone says you are not eligible. If you are qualified to vote and registered in the jurisdiction, do not leave the polling place without at least voting a provisional ballot.

  • published Register to Vote in Voting Information 2012-08-20 09:12:00 -0400

    Register to Vote

    Voter Registration Forms

    Old voter registration forms are no longer valid for use in Indiana. Valid for use in Indiana are the Federal Voter Registration Form or the new State Voter Registration Form. Applicants with a valid driver's license or state identification card may also register or update information online. The Monroe County Clerk's Office has the federal forms available, and has more information available here.

    Call us at MCDP Headquarters at (812) 272-3439 if you need any help.


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    Thank You!

    Thanks for your support of the Monroe County Democratic Party!

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