Dispatch 11.7.2019

The Monroe Democratic Party is happy to congratulate Sue Sgambelluri and Ron Smith on their victories in Bloomington City Council Districts 2 and 3, respectively. We thank everyone who stepped in to help our candidates and the candidates themselves for running. We look forward to seeing them work with all of our candidates who have been elected this year, who are listed below.



John Hamilton

City Clerk
Nicole Bolden

City Council District 1
Kate Rosenbarger

City Council District 2
Sue Sgambelluri

City Council District 3
Ron Smith

City Council District 4
Dave Rollo

City Council District 5
Isabel Piedmont-Smith

City Council District 6
Stephen Volan

City Council At-Large
Susan Sandberg
Matt Flaherty
Jim Sims


Town Clerk-Treasurer
Sandra Hash

Town Council Ward 1
Trevor Sager

Town Council Ward 2
William Ellis

Town Council Ward 3
Scott Oldham


Town Clerk-Treasurer
Lois Pursell

Town Council At-Large
Kimberly Cunningham

Town Council At-Large
Scott McGlocklin

Town Council At-Large
Kelsey McGlocklin

MCDP Events and Information

Executive Director Office Hours

Mondays 1pm-5pm, Tuesdays 9am-1pm, and by appointment
MCDP Headquarters, 116 S. Madison Street Suite A

Taegan Bolden-Davis is now the Executive Director for MCDP! Welcome Taegan! 

Please use parking spots facing 4th Street if available, as parking spots against the building are reserved for customers of PDG Enterprises during business hours. Feel free to drop by during office hours, or contact Taegan at
[email protected] or 812-272-3439 to schedule a meeting at another time. 

Upcoming Community Events and Announcements

Phone bank for Bernie
Sunday, November 10th, 4-6 PM
Nick's English Hut, 423 E. Kirkwood

This is the 3rd Bernie Phone Bank Training session it will be held in Nick's Hump Room on the 2nd floor. You can order food and beverages from the Nick’s staff. We ask you do not drink alcohol during the session.

Even if you can’t attend the whole time, stay as long as you can. Even if you already have been trained, we encourage you to attend the gathering and make some calls. Here is a link for the training video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3XmWzw2UV4&feature=youtu.be Even if you have phone banked for Bernie before this is a good review. At the training session you can shadow an experienced caller and get started making calls. After that you can call from home, office or wherever you have the time. Or you can join us in future phone bank sessions which will be frequently held into the primaries. It is always fun to share these experiences with other callers.

Remember you need to bring: a cell phone and a computer or tablet. An earpiece is helpful. Don’t forget your chargers! Students are encouraged to join us!


Wake Up! with United Way "Re-Imagining Health Care in Monroe County and Beyond"
Federally Qualified Health Center: A Solution to Critical Health Challenges
Thursday, November 14th, 7:45 - 9:00 AM
The Mill, 642 N. Madison St.
Co-hosted by United Way and IU Political and Civic Engagement
Presenting Sponsor: Old National Bank
Guest Speaker: Nancy Richman, Ph.D.,MPA., Executive Director of Volunteers in Medicine
Cost: $10 This covers the cost of breakfast and remaining proceeds going to United Way of Monroe County

For the past 12 years, Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) has been the only source of free health care for uninsured and medically underserved residents of Monroe and Owen counties. When VIM was established the primary need was to provide access to medical services for the large segment of the population that was uninsured. With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the Healthy IN Plan 2.0 (HIP), Indiana’s alternative to Medicaid expansion, Monroe County now has a large number of people who are insured.

Join VIM’s Executive Director, Nancy Richman, Ph.D., MPA, on November 14th to learn more about what VIM does, as well as the how, why, when, and where of this upcoming transition and what it will mean for our community. Special guests Jon Barada, Bloomington Health Foundation, and Tina Peterson, Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County, will be joining also. Bring your questions and bring your appetite for breakfast!

More info at: www.monroeunitedway.org/WakeUp or 812-334-8370

Bank on Bloomington: Free Personal Finance Classes

Thursday, November 14th, 6-7 PM
Downtown Transit Center Conference Room, 3rd and Walnut

Bank on Bloomington will be holding free personal finance classes once a month! Topics will rotate each month, but feel free to come with questions on any financial topic and the instructor will have time to answer them. This month’s topic is financial literacy basics, in which the instructor will go over basic knowledge and skills needed to become more financially stable.

Childcare services are available upon request. For more information and to register, visit www.bankonbloomington.org.

A Comprehensive Look at Criminal Justice in Monroe County
Wednesday, November 20th, 6:30 PM
Unitarian Universalist Church: 2120 N Fee Lane

The Unitarian Universalist Hope for Prisoners Task Force will host a community-wide event entitled “A Comprehensive Look at Criminal Justice in Monroe County”. This is an opportunity to learn why reform is needed, what is already being done, and how we can act as caring and voting citizens in Monroe County.

Panelists will include Monroe County Commissioners, Monroe County Prosecutor, Chair of the Monroe County Human Rights Commission, and a member of the UU Hope for Prisoners Task Force. The event will be moderated by CJAM with time for questions and a reception with opportunities to learn about non-profits working with prisoners and their families.

See http://uubloomington.org/monroe-county-criminal-justice for more details.

Volunteer for Bernie Sanders!

If you are interested in volunteering for the Bernie Sanders campaign, please contact [email protected]. Or if you'd like to receive information about the campaign and local efforts and volunteer opportunities, you can sign up, here.

Volunteer for Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris's campaign is in Indiana and looking for volunteers in Monroe County to help put the Senator on the ballot! Those interested please contact [email protected]


Other Ways to Get Involved

City of Bloomington Commission Vacancies

The City of Bloomington Office of the City Clerk is accepting applications to fill vacated positions on several of the city’s commissions. Some of these vacancies, and the date the City Clerk’s office sent out press releases soliciting applicants, are listed below:

Animal Control Commission (5/9/19)

Commission on the Status of Women (10/18/19)

Parking Commission (3/26/19, for a merchant located near metered parking)

Parking Commission (3/5/19, for a resident within a permit parking zone)

These are great opportunities for city residents to be more involved in local government! To learn more about these commissions, including the mission statements, membership requirements, current membership listing and term lengths, or for online applications, go to the online City system for board and commission information known as “OnBoard” at bloomington.in.gov/onboard 

Monroe County Governmental Boards and Commissions

The Monroe County Board of Commissioners invites you to apply to serve on a Board or Commission! There are immediate openings on a number of these bodies, including: Animal Management, Environmental Commission, and the Human Rights Commission. For information on each of them, see https://www.co.monroe.in.us/boards/.

The application is available here

If you have any questions, please contact Julie Thomas at [email protected]

*All event information is based on currently available information and may be subject to change. 

Other Resources

The Indiana Democratic Party has a Municipal Monday Webinar series, and recordings of each of these webinars can be found here: https://www.indems.org/webinar-trainings-recordings/

Programs they have covered include:

How to File For Office (Matthew Kochevar)
Campaign Finance (Anna Foster)
Social Media 101 (Trina Thomas)
Pre-Filing Questions / Campaign Goals (Katie Doyle)
Creating A Field Plan (Adi Ben-Yehoshua)
Fundraising 101 (Katie Doyle)
Creating A Campaign Message (Phil Johnson)
Communicating with Press and Media (Phil Johnson)
Municipal Finance (Oscar Gutierrez and Trish Whitcomb)
Building an Absentee Chase Program (Adi Ben-Yehoshua)
Filing Your Pre-Primary Finance Report (Anna Foster)
How To Use Early Vote/Election Day Data In VAN (Adi Ben-Yehoshua)
City Government Offices (Portia Bailey-Bernard).