Dispatch 10/12/18--Early Voting Beings

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We are all greatly excited for our flagship fundraiser!  We want this event to be inclusive as possible.  That means providing seats to campaign volunteers, interns, students, and low-income Democrats.  At our events, we want to make sure no-one is excluded based on the ability to pay.  You can help us by pledging $70 to send a Dem to the dinner.

Event Details:

Date: Thursday, October 18th
Time: Cocktail hour from 6-7pm; Dinner at 7pm
Location: Liberty Ballroom, 2100 Liberty Dr., Bloomington, IN 47403

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Early Voting Has Begun!

Thanks to everyone that joined us Wednesday on the first day of early voting!

Have you voted yet? Well, you can vote at Monroe County Election Central, 401 W. 7th Street, Suite 100, Bloomington. Here is the schedule:

Campaign Opportunities:

Day of Action for Washington Township 
Sunday, October 14th from Noon - 4:00 p.m. 
Meet at Pat Slabach's House

Campaign for Penny Githens for State Representative District 60 and Pat Slabach and Lee Chapman for Washington Township Board all at once with a coordinated phone bank.

Ashley Pirani for County Council District 3

Ashley Pirani, Candidate for County Council District 3, needs volunteers—walkers, letters to editor, yard sign locations (Bean Blossom, Clear Creek, Indian Creek, Richland, Van Buren Townships—or highly visible locations near there), etc.  If you can assist with any (or all!) of that, please email:  [email protected]

Liz Watson for Congress

Liz Watson is in the running for DFA Grassroots All-Star, and people can help her by going to https://allstars.democracyforamerica.com/ and voting for her.  The first round of voting ends at 11:59 PM on Sunday, September 23.

Also, you can canvass for Liz:

  • Help Liz Watson:   7 days per week, 9am-9pm

Contact:  Marten Stein, 317-201-2846, [email protected]

  • Help the Coordinated Campaign:

Phone banks:  Daily: 11am - 2pm and 5pm - 8pm

Door-to-door canvassing: Weekdays 5pm - 8pm, Saturdays 9am - 3pm

Questions/RSVP: Terry Tossman at (301) 525-1010

  • DFA Dialer for Liz (among other candidates):

Sunday, October 28th and Saturday, November 3rd.  This is a national phone campaign and there could be people as far away as California dialing into the Ninth District on Liz's behalf.

To participate in the Dialer, go to their RSVP Page to sign up. 

Shelli Yoder for County Council District 1 Volunteers

Shelli is looking for the volunteers for the following:

  • Volunteers to canvass with Shelli on weekend shifts
  • Volunteers for a Meet the Candidates event this fall
  • Submit a letter to the editor in support of Shelli 

If you would like to help, please email Alison Pitt Polley, campaign chair, at [email protected].


Kate Wiltz for County Council District 2 Yard Sign Hosts


Kate is in need of locations for yard signs. If you live in District 2 and would be interested in hosting a yard sign, please contact Olivia Reed at [email protected].

Events Around Monroe County:


FSA x IDP: Women's Day of Action
Sunday, October 14th from Noon - 3:00 p.m.
323 S. Walnut St., Bloomington

Join the IU Feminist Student Association to help the Indiana Democratic Party elect progressive candidates into office! FSA will be canvassing this Sunday from 12PM-3PM. Rides for canvassing will be available, but if you have a car and would be willing to drive others, let FSA know! Please RSVP here + contact volunteer coordinator Casey Sabella at 330-618-6143 (let her know you're with the IU Feminist Student Association!). *Attendees can get free Planned Parenthood buttons!*


Christina Hale at Owen County Democratic Hog Roast
Sunday, October 14th at Noon
IGA Facility, 95 W Franklin St., Spencer

Owen County Democratic Party Hog Roast with Special Guest Speaker: CHRISTINA HALE, former candidate for Indiana lieutenant governor. Food is free! The event will include the meal, speakers, and an auction to support our candidates. Please bring a dessert to share.


Public Testing of Voting Equipment
Sunday, October 14th at 4:00 p.m.
Election Central, 401 W 7th St, Suite 100, Bloomington

This Sunday, there will be a public testing of the 2018 General Election voting equipment for Monroe County.  All are welcome to attend.


Monroe County Democrats' Club Meeting
Tuesday, October 16th at 11:30 a.m.
DeAngelo's, 2620 E 3rd St, Bloomington


Monroe County Democrats' Club will meet on Tuesday, October 16, at 11:30 a.m. at DeAngelo's Restaurant. The speakers will include local candidates, Eric Schmitz and Shelli Yoder, John Aguilera, candidate for State Treasurer, and Indiana's Own Dana Black! The public is invited to attend. 


MCDP Fall Dinner & Fundraiser 
Thursday, October 18th from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Liberty Ball Room & Banquet Center2100 S Liberty Dr, Bloomington

Vote With Bernie!
Friday, October 19th from 11:00 a.m. - Noon
Dunn Meadow

We are thrilled to announce that Senator Sanders has formally endorsed Liz and will be coming to Bloomington for a Vote! With Bernie rally on IU's campus!

The rally will be from 11a - 12p, then we'll all head to the voting booth! With Bernie!

Sign up at the link below to register for the rally and to check your voter registration information: 

MCBDC Meeting
Thursday, November 15th at 6:00 p.m.
MCDP Headquarters, 116 S. Madison St., Bloomington 

Please join the Monroe County Black Democratic Caucus at their monthly meeting. Learn more here.


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Thank you to our FOUR FREEDOMS CIRCLE for their ongoing monthly support:

In January 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt first spoke of the FOUR FREEDOMS in his state of the Union address.  He proposed four fundamental freedoms that people everywhere in the world should enjoy: Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, and Freedom from Fear.

Our belief in the Four Freedoms is fundamental to our identity as Democrats.  In much the same way, our sustaining donors – those who choose to support the Monroe County Democratic Party through ongoing, monthly gifts – are fundamental to the work we do every single day.  

“For the Millions” donors ($25/month):

Richard Bauman & Beverly Stoeltje Cheryl Munson
Nicole Browne Cory Ray
Dan Combs Eric Schmitz
Trent Deckard & Kyla Cox Deckard Fred Schultz
Darcie Fawcett Matt & Heidi Schulz
Kaisa Goodman & Nico Sigler Sue Sgambelluri
Penny Githens Jim & Doris Sims
John Hamilton & Dawn Johnsen Eric & Linsdey Spoonmore
Peter Iversen & Leah Sinn Iversen Brad & Amy Swain
Jessica McClellan Julie Thomas
Tom Miller & Beth McManus Shelli Yoder & Josh Perry
  Charlotte Zietlow

“New Deal” donors ($50/month):

Nicole Bolden Margie Rice
Lorraine Merriman Farrell Judy Sharp
Mark Fraley & Sara Skrabalak Catherine Stafford
Lee Jones Mark Stoops
Geoff McKim Pat Williams & Tom Coleman

“Franklin and Eleanor” donors ($75/month):

Betsy Greene

Christine Talley Haseman

“Safeguard of Democracy” donors ($100/month)

This GOP administration’s trampling of the tenets of our democracy is the ideal time to become a Safeguard of Democracy donor.

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