Dispatch 8/9/18--Turn to Blue

Help us beat the heat as we turn Indiana blue!

As we get closer to the election, we have a large number of volunteers and campaign staffers at MCDP headquarters every day. One thing that's a big help is prepared food for headquarters--especially home cooked meals! If you are interested in signing up to provide a meal for our volunteers and campaign staff, please email MCDP Executive Director Kaisa Goodman at [email protected]. We are also in need of bottled water to give to volunteers knocking doors in the heat

Just a reminder to join the MCDP to canvass this Saturday for Liz Watson! 

The Monroe County Democratic Party will be hosting a canvass to support Liz Watson for Congress on Saturday, August 11th. Please come out and support Liz Watson and all of our local Democrats. Candidates/volunteers for local candidates who walk for Liz this day may also identify for themselves or their local candidate. Here are the details:

When: Saturday, August 11th
Where: Meet at MCDP Headquarters, 116 S Madison St.
  • 9:00 a.m.
  • Noon
  • 3:00 p.m.

Campaign Opportunities:

Penny Githens for State Representative District 60

Penny has a Day of Action planned for Saturday, August 25th. There'll be two shifts: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Meet at MCDP Headquarters.  

Penny will also need some help tabling at the Student Involvement Fair in Dunn Meadow on Monday, August 20th from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.. Please email her volunteer coordinator to participate: [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]

Swain for State Rep Canvass

Swain for State Representative of Indiana House District 62 is hosting a statewide weekend of action. On Saturday, August 11th and Sunday, August 12th the Swain for State Rep campaign will start from MCDP headquarters to canvass the area.

On both days there will be shifts from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Please contact [email protected] to sign up!

Liz Watson for Congress: Canvass this Weekend!

Liz is the only candidate who is actually tied to the state and will fight for better policy for all Hoosiers. Join her this weekend to canvass and in turning the Ninth District! Contact Marten Stein, Field Director, Liz for Indiana, [email protected] or (317) 201-2846

Meet at MCDP Headquarters, 116 S. Madison St., Bloomington

Saturday & Sunday, 9:00 am - 9:00 pm

RSVP Saturday: Bloomington Summer Canvass Saturday!

RSVP Sunday: Bloomington Summer Canvass Sunday!

Kate Wiltz for County Council District 2

Kate needs a volunteer to manage yard signs and her Letters to the Editor campaign. To volunteer, please contact Kate at [email protected]

Shelli Yoder for County Council District 1

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].


Could you help us by sponsoring a new printer?

The Monroe County Democratic Party creates materials to spread the word throughout the county and southern Indiana. To that end, we are in need of a new printer. If you would be interested in sponsoring our new printing system, please contact MCDP Executive Director Kaisa Goodman at [email protected].

You can also take a moment and consider donating to the MCDP through Act Blue! Every donation helps:

Donate to MCDP

Thank you!


Events Around Monroe County:

Nibbles With Nicole Fundraiser Event 
Saturday, August 11th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
7978 S. Breeden Road, Bloomington , IN 47403  (Home of Jeana & Roger Kerr )

Join the campaign to re-elect Nicole Browne as Monroe County Clerk at her Nibbles with Nicole fundraiser.* RSVP by e-mail or text message: [email protected] or (812) 360-5048

*All contributions will go to the Committee To Elect Nicole Browne. Political contributions are not tax deductible.


Register for IU's Student Involvement Fair
Monday, August 20th from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Dunn Meadow, IU Campus

Registration is now open for participation in Indiana University’s annual Student Involvement Fair! The 2018 fair is on Monday, Aug. 20, from 3 to 7 p.m. in Dunn Meadow. Community agencies are invited to join the IU Corps corridor in representing many of Bloomington’s local service and volunteer opportunities. Partner agencies will have tables alongside student service organizations.  Questions? Contact Cassi Winslow-Edmonson at [email protected] or 812-855-7886. Registered participants will receive detailed information prior to the event. To register, visit: https://iu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9ZZr2yNjaGv91pX


DWC Women's Equality Day Celebration
Friday, August 24th at 7:00 p.m.
The Fields, 1333 S Fenbrook LnBloomington

To commemorate the passage of the 19th Amendment, the DWC will host its annual Women's Equality Day Celebration. State Representative Linda Lawson will be the keynote speaker. Details will be forthcoming, but if you would like to sponsor or help with this event PLEASE volunteer and contact: [email protected]     


Kate Wiltz for County Council CAKE WALK!
Saturday, August 25th from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
MCDP Headquarters

SAVE THE DATE! Stop by the MCDP headquarters for a cake walk to benefit the Kate Wiltz for Monroe County Council campaign! Hosted by Amanda Barge and Eric Spoonmore.


MCDP at Bloomington PRIDE
Saturday, August 25th from 3:00 - 9:00 p.m.

MCDP will be tabling at Bloomington PRIDE on Saturday, August 25th from 3-9pm, and we need volunteers to staff the table.  Interested persons should email Kaisa Goodman at [email protected].


Ninth District Lee Hamilton Dinner
Saturday, August 26th from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
French Lick Resort and Hotel, 8670 W State Road 56, French Lick

Mark your calendars and tell your friends! It's time for our Ninth District Democrats to gather for the Lee H. Hamilton Dinner!

In support of our candidates for public office and our coordinated campaign effort, we've organized a district fundraising dinner named in honor of former Ninth District Congressman Lee H. Hamilton. The details are as follows:

Lee H. Hamilton Dinner
Saturday August 26, 2017
6:00 p.m.
Historic French Lick Hotel
8670 West State Road 56
French Lick, Indiana 47432
$50 per person / $40 for Ninth District Torchbearers

For more information contact District Party Headquarters
812.725.2020 or [email protected]

This won't be an event that you'll want to miss! In addition to hearing from our keynote speaker, we will also recognize for Indiana First Lady Judy O'Bannon with the 2017 Lee. H. Hamilton Public Service Award! 

We look forward to seeing you for our 2017 Lee H. Hamilton Dinner and the annual Indiana Democratic Editorial Association Conference!


Power of the Black Vote featuring Dana Black
Hosted by the Monroe County Black Democratic Caucus
Saturday, September 8th from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

The Monroe County Black Democratic Caucus (MCBDC) is hosting a discussion about "Why Black Voices Matter in the Political Arena” featuring Dana Black as the keynote speaker and Dr. Amrita Chakrabarti Myers, Associate Professor of History and Gender Studies, as moderator. This panel discussion will be an opportunity for members of the community to share concerns and to offer a pathway to solutions through policy and being involved with our party. Go to Facebook for more information.


Fourth Annual Hamilton Family Picnic 
Sunday, September 9th
Bryan Park

Join our fantastic local, state and federal Democratic candidates for a day of music and food to build political momentum building for the critical mid-term elections coming up.

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

Blue Wave Singers: Book for your event!

Book the Blue Wave Singers for your next campaign or Democratic or progressive event.  We’ll show up for five or ten or 15 minutes to lead group singing. This might work well while people are gathering, to “warm up the crowd”.  Or we could sing during the event, or at the end, to go out in a festive mood. We lead traditional favorites, like “If I Had a Hammer” and “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around.”  We also have some newer surprises that everyone can catch on to quickly. We don’t need amplification. We sing for free, and for freedom, and for the people.

For more information contact Connie or Guy Loftman:

[email protected], (812) 219-6963; 
[email protected], (812) 679-8445