Herald Times: Democratic Party to host events on getting involved

The Monroe County Democratic Party will host two events on Saturday for residents interested in running for public office or volunteering.

Both events will take place at the party’s headquarters at 116 S. Madison St.

Starting at 11 a.m., Indiana Democratic Party executive director Brittany Solis will lead a discussion about how residents can run for precinct committee member and state delegate positions.

Precinct committee members are elected during the primaries. Responsibilities include filling local elected office vacancies, conducting outreach to Democratic voters in neighborhoods and electing local party leadership.

State delegates, who are also elected in the primaries, help with the nomination of statewide candidates and provide input to the party’s platform.

Solis’ discussion will be followed at 1 p.m. by a “Pathway to Politics Volunteer Fair” event. People who are considering running for office in the future will be able to meet the Democratic candidates running for election this year. Also, those who attend will have an opportunity to meet party-affiliated organizations looking for volunteers.

“I’ve encountered dozens of people who told me they have an interest in running for office, but are unsure of how to pursue their goals,” Monroe County Democratic Party Chairman Mark Fraley stated in a news release. “This event will help provide insight, experiences and connections for people in their pathway to public service.”