Local Democrats Launch African American Caucus

A group of local Democrats have started a local chapter of the Indiana Democratic African-American Caucus (IDAAC). Organizers say they formed the new organization to increase representation of African-American voters at the polls, and to raise the participation of African-American leaders in the local Party.  

“I am thrilled to work with other leaders within our community to ensure African Americans are involved at every level of Democratic politics,” said Nicole Bolden, Bloomington City Clerk and one of the organizers of the new group.  She noted that the group differed from other groups such as the NAACP due to the strictly political focus of the new organization. “We are working within the Democratic Party to bridge the gap between public education and political action”, she added. 

Local resident and fellow member, Valerie Hosea added, “At a day and age in which the Republican nominee for President scores political points by insulting minority voters, I can't think of a more important time to engage African-American voters in the Democratic Party”. 

Mark Fraley, Chairman of the Monroe County Democratic Party, expressed enthusiasm about the new organization, “I am very excited that Democrats are organizing and expanding the democratic party base. The African-American caucus will fill a vital role in building our party and continuing to move Monroe County in the right direction”.  

The group, IDAAC-Monroe County, will meet on a monthly basis. Individuals interested in getting involved are encouraged to contact Nicole Bolden at (812) 361-1005 or e-mail to [email protected]