Dispatch 10/26/18--Vote!

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Voting is underway. We need everyone to show up to the polls and vote this year if we want to keep Senator Joe Donnelly and turn the Ninth District blue for Liz Watson. These races will be close, and it will take every Democrat in Monroe County to support these candidates. You can even use our handy voter guideMonroe County Election Central, 401 W. 7th Street, Suite 100is open for early voting with the following schedule:

  • Sat., Oct. 27:  9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Mon., Oct. 29 through Fri., Nov. 2:  8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Sat., Nov. 3:  9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Mon., Nov. 5:  8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • ELECTION DAY: Tues., Nov. 6:  6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

To facilitate you way to the polls, we are offering free rides:


Campaign Opportunities:

Washington Township Follow-up Calls

Lorraine and Kim Alexander are looking for help with follow-up calls to Washington Township to turn out voters for election day. If you are available to make some calls and a significant difference in a key township, please email Patricia Slabach

Darcey Fawcett for Judge 

Darcie needs people willing to put yard signs on their property, and could use some early voting help. To help, please contact Allison Chopra ([email protected]) or Jennifer Armstrong ([email protected]).

Lee Jones for Monroe County Commissioner

Lee needs people to put up yards signs on their property and help with early voting. She is also working to put together a mail piece and will need help with that when it is done. Contact Lee directly: [email protected]).

Ashley Pirani for County Council District 3

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

Liz Watson for Congress

  • 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

Canvassers needed on Tuesday October 30 and Thursday, November 1. Contact Alison Pitt Polley, campaign chair, at [email protected] or [email protected] to sign up! 

After the DWC breakfast on Friday, November 2, join Shelli for a 2-hour shift in a Door2DoorBlowout, canvassing a whole host of Monroe County precincts, followed by lunch at Shelli's house. And finally, sign up for 2-hour shifts again on Saturday, November 3 and Sunday, November 4. 

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 and canvass partners. If you live in District 2 and would be interested in hosting a yard sign, please contact Olivia Reed at [email protected] or [email protected].

Events Around Monroe County:

Monroe County Branch NAACP 40th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet
Saturday, October 27th at 6:00 pm
Monroe County Convention Center, 302 South College Avenue, Bloomington

Join the Monroe County NAACP for the annual Freedom Fund Banquet. This year's theme is "DEFEAT HATE! VOTE!" Tickets are available at the Buskirk-Chumley Box Office:

  • Adult - $50 each
  • Youth (16 and under) - $25 each

The funds raised financially support the branch's activities such as the Scholarship Program for local high school seniors, public forums on significant civil rights issues, and support for community programs which advances the mission of the NAACP.

League of Women Voters Forum
Sunday, October 28th from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. and
Monday, October 29th from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Monroe County Public Library Auditorium

The League of Women Voters is organizing a forum of local candidates on October 28th and October 29th.  The Sunday forum will consist of county council candidates, while the Monday forum will include campaigns for Clerk, Commissioner, Recorder, and Judge.  Please come out and support our Democratic candidates! They are working hard in the final weeks of the election and we need to show them that their party has their back.  Join us on both days to participate in discussions on local issues and support our candidates.

Washington Township - Meet the Candidates Forum
Thursday, November 1st at 6:30pm  
Brown Elementary School, 500 W. Simpson Chapel Rd

Paul Toddy Lee Chapman and Patricia Slabach are hosting a Meet the Candidates Washington Township Forum at Brown Elementary School, 500 W. Simpson Chapel Road, at 6:30 p.m. There will be  short talk on the Fire and Emergency Services Issues followed by a Q & A.  Please come out and show your strong support for Washington Township!

DWC Breakfast
Friday, November 2nd at 7:30 a.m.
Village Deli

Election Night Watch Party
Tuesday, November 6th from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Rhino's Youth Center, 331 S Walnut St, Bloomington

After the polls close, join MCDP and our candidates for a vote watch party! We will have the results displayed and all candidates will be invited to speak. We will provide free drinks (yes, at Rhino's!), but please bring a dish to share if you 'd like.

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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