Early Voting is On!

Early voting has begun.  Not only is early voting convenient, but it helps local Democrats.  Casting an early vote helps all Democratic candidates and campaigns since it allows us to concentrate our get-out-the-vote effort on others instead of you. It will also reduce the number of political calls and mailings you get too.

You can cast your vote at the Curry Building at 214 W Seventh Street in downtown Bloomington:


Early voting in Curry Building (214 W Seventh St):

  • Tuesday - Friday, Oct. 9-12; 15-19; 22-26; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Monday - Friday, Oct. 29 - Nov. 2, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday Oct. 27 and Nov. 3, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Monday Nov. 5, 8 a.m. to noon

Satellite voting, 10:00 am-6:00 pm:

  • Oct. 16 - 17, St. Paul United Methodist Church, 4201 W. Third St.
  • Oct. 22 - 23, Evangelical Community Church, 503 S. High St.
  • Oct. 25 - 26, St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, 4607 W. Ind. 46, Ellettsville, IN.
  • Oct. 29 - 30, Indiana University Assembly Hall, South Lobby, 1001 E. 17th St.

Cheryl Munson Candidate Statement

Cheryl Munson • 6707 W. Rock East Road • Bloomington, IN 47403

Dear Democrats,

While sharing our grief over the tragedy of Sophia Travis’ passing, Democrat friends asked me to consider filling her spot on the ballot. No one can ever take Sophia’s place, but I am willing to take on this short campaign for the County Council as my way to honor her and to serve. I want to help retain a voice on the Council that promotes both transparency in government actions and listening to constituents across the county, just as she promised to do. And I need your help to do this.

To tell you a bit about myself is easy. For 40 years I have lived in rural Monroe County, worked in Bloomington, and been actively involved with the local Democratic Party. With community service and campaigning for other candidates behind me, I decided to run for Indian Creek Township Board in 1994 to help resolve public-safety issues. I was elected that year and again in 1998, 2002, and 2006. I gained 16 years of experience overseeing the Township’s budgets, encouraging government transparency (there’s that word again!), and understanding the needs of residents. This experience as a candidate and officeholder will serve me well on the County Council.

In addition to my service in Township government, I have additional experience that will inform me as I serve on the Council:

  • since 2001, Monroe County Historic Preservation Board (Chair for 9 years);
  • since 2007, Monroe County Plan Review Committee, advising on land-use changes;
  • since 2011, Monroe County Extension Advisory Board, for 4-H, nutrition, and Master Gardener programs; and
  • in 2011, citizen member of the County Council’s Community Services Grants Committee.
I am known as an advocate for residents and for our environment in other ways. When a new highway was planned across southern Monroe County in the late 1980s, I began to collect data and promote a safer and more environmentally sensible route, long before the highway was called I-69. Now, 24 years later, I’m still speaking out about the highway’s safety issues and impacts on our county’s historic districts. Dedication is the cornerstone of my public service.

Over the years, my service to the community connected me with people serving throughout the county at Planned Parenthood, PTO/PTO Council, MCCSC committees, 4-H, volunteer fire department, community association, Scouts, booster programs for youth sports, choir, theater, and even those growing vegetables for food-security programs. In sharing this work with others, I gained a better understanding of what residents expect and need from their county government. I am accessible and approachable, and I will be responsive to constituent concerns.

My husband, Patrick Munson, and I are rooted in Indian Creek Township, where we raised our children and are now active grandparents. In my professional life, I am an archaeologist and research scientist in the Department of Anthropology at Indiana University. This work is relevant to the Council because it provides me years of experience in collecting and analyzing information, developing and managing detailed budgets, and advocating at the Statehouse and in Washington for new initiatives or improved procedures for protection of heritage resources. Equally important, my research takes me to all corners of Monroe County. I know our hills and hollows, our natural and built environments, and what is durable, what is fragile, and what is in need of attention.

In 2010 I ran for County Council in District 2, which at that time comprised the southern and western townships of the county. Although I did not prevail in this highly Republican area, I was heartened by a strong showing in many of the precincts and again planned to run for County Council At-Large this past May. A crowded field of incumbents, including my 2010 Campaign Chair Warren Henegar, led me to change my mind.

I have the same reasons for serving as ever: I love Monroe County – our beautiful setting and our diverse and vibrant community – and want to help guide its future. I will use my caring, knowledge, and experience to:

  • Attend to the fiscal responsibilities. Setting County budgets is an exercise in understanding community values and setting priorities. Restructuring county government for greater efficiency can best done in a collaborative manner with Department staff and officials.
  • Preserve our valuable resources. We must strive to ensure that the natural, cultural, and government resources that residents care about and depend on, and that make our county the best in the state, are protected.
  • Guide our growth. Our county should grow in a way that is sensible and manageable. Immediate growth concerns include the public safety and transportation-connectivity issues brought by I-69. Expanding tourism will generate revenue and support economic growth, as well.
I will work collaboratively on the Council to help shape our county’s future and to keep the concerns of county residents at the forefront. Sophia and I shared a caring approach and a willingness to listen, collect information, and then to act. Although I have my own style and my own priorities, I will maintain this same approach.

I hope you will lend me your support in this very short campaign. With your help, I will win in November and honor Sophia the best way that I can: by ensuring that we maintain a Democratic majority on the Council, with a focus on service to the public.

Thank you,

[email protected] (812) 325-3407
Cheryl Munson for Council (Dorothy Granger, Treasurer)
6707 W. Rock East Road Bloomington, IN 47403

A Note from Cheryl Munson

Dear Democrat Friends,

I hope you had a chance to read Rick Dietz's message about the tragic vacancy left by Sophia Travis' passing, and the plan to fill the upcoming ballot vacancy.

I have agreed to be appointed by our Chair to fill the County Council ballot position, if Rick is given this authority by the Central Committee, to honor Sophia. No one wants to run in such circumstances, but there is an important "job" on the County Council that Democrats in our community cannot ignore.


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MCDP Meeting 20120928

Democratic friends,

Due to the tragic passing of candidate Sophia Travis, there is a vacancy on the ballot for Monroe County Council At-Large. As of Saturday morning absentee ballots are required to be mailed to voters with Sophia's name on them and that will continue until a successor is named.  

After consulting extensively with the Indiana Election Division, The Indiana Democratic Party, former MCDP Chairpersons, MCDP officers, precinct committeemembers, and several attorneys, the best course of action was to call a party meeting to secure appointment authority at the soonest date possible, Friday 28th.  Precinct Commiteemembers have received an official invitation and letter to this effect by now. Adopting a resolution authorizing appointment authority will allow me to place a new name on the ballot at the soonest possible date.

This has been a horrible experience for all of us.  I want to thank Dan Parker, Sarah Riordan, Jan Ellis, Pat Williams, Lee Jones, Trent Deckard, Guy & Connie Loftman, and our MCDP officers (Kyla, Hans and Nicole) for their assistance working through this complicated and unpleasant business.

In accordance with Indiana Democratic Party Rules, I have called a meeting of Democratic precinct committee persons for all Monroe County precincts for the purpose of authorizing the Monroe County Party Chair to have appointment authority for this vacancy.  The meeting will be held on Friday, September 28, 2012 at 7:00 pm in the Bloomington City Hall Council Chambers at 401 North Morton Street, Bloomington, Indiana.  I realize the this isn't a good time to have a meeting, but time is of the essence, and it will be quick.

It is my intent to appoint a candidate in keeping with the results of our Caucus earlier in the summer for County Council At-large.  As you will recall Lee Jones carried that Caucus with Cheryl Munson coming in a close second.  Scott Wells came in a close third to Cheryl, with Jeff Carson coming in fourth.  I have talked with Cheryl Munson and she remains interested in the County Council At-large position and is willing to accept my appointment. Scott Wells is supporting Cheryl for this position alongside me.  No candidate wishes to be in this position, but Cheryl is a community leader and is prepared for this challenge.  She will need our support, and she certainly has mine.  If you are willing to help Cheryl get her last-minute campaign started, please contact her right away at 

[email protected]
(812) 325-3407

Cheryl Munson for County Council
6707 W. Rock East Road
Bloomington, IN  47403 

All Monroe County Democratic Party precinct committeepersons are invited and eligible to vote at this meeting.  Vice precinct committee persons shall be eligible to vote if they are carrying a proxy for an absent committee person in accordance with Indiana Democratic Party Rules.  Proxy notes may be presented to me at the meeting.  A majority vote of Precinct Chairs present at the meeting is sufficient to authorize appointment authority by resolution.  

Any questions about this meeting can be addressed to me at [email protected] or at 812-671-0076.

Thank you for your support and understanding as we navigate this difficult period and press forward with our Fall elections.  I will send out a statement from Cheryl soon.


Sophia Travis

I have sad news that I can barely bring myself to write... last night Sophia Travis passed away. 
Sophia was a dear friend, a community leader, a creative & musical spirit, and a caring mother & wife. Sophia had suffered since early in the year from an undiagnosed heart-related condition and had just returned from the Cleveland Clinic where she, Greg and young Finnigan had travelled for care. 
Sophia personified kindness -- a dense gravitation kindness -- and wielded a gentle strength that could move mountains.  And move all those around her.  And did many times over. 
There are times when one wonders how this world can just keep turning with loss after loss we can hardly bear. Please keep Finnigan, Greg and all of Sophia's family and friends in your thoughts today. 
Where I am, I don't know, I'll never know, in the silence you don't know, you must go on, I can't go on, I'll go on --  Samuel Beckett

Local Democrats Need Your Support Today!

There is no doubt that 2012 will be a historic election for Monroe County, for Indiana and for our Nation. Four years ago, for the first time in decades, the concerted effort of Democrats across the state put Indiana in the Democratic column. Although 2012 is a very different year, we have opportunities to wrest Governor, Senator and Congressional seats from Republican hands and maintain strong Democratic leadership in Monroe County.


There are communities larger than us in Indiana, but none in Indiana speaks with as bold and strong a voice as Monroe County and Bloomington. Monroe County is pivotal to Election night victories in the 9th Congressional District, Indiana Governor and US Senate races. If we do not turn out our Democratic base, we will be poorly represented for two, four and six-year terms.

We need your help...

  • to provide support for local candidates, office holders, democratic volunteers and voters, 
  • to support our voter registration, voter contact, and get-out-the-vote efforts,
  • to fund our campaign literature and mailings through Election day,
  • to pay our rent and utilities at MCDP Headquarters, and
  • to fund our day-to-day headquarters office expenses.

Our strength, our vision, and our hard work could very well be the margin of victory in the 9th District and Indiana statewide offices.

It has been said that all politics is local. But too few of the donations are in a year like this. In order to seize this opportunity to shape our state and national parties and our state and national politics, we need your support!

If there has ever been a Republican slate as radical as Romney/Ryan, Pence, Mourdock and Young, I haven’t seen it. Times like these demand the action of good Democrats. The front lines of this campaign are right here at home. Join the Monroe County Democratic Party in this fight. Contribute today!http://www.monroedems.org/donate

Rick Dietz
MCDP Chair

PS In the most critical races on the ballot, the difference between Red and Blue is you. $10 will purchase copier paper, $50 dollars will help us provide Voter IDs to those in need, $100 will help pay our utility bills, $500 will purchase a computer for data entry at our phone banks, and $1000 will pay a month’s rent. Become a member of the Monroe County Democratic Party today! We need you.



Alice Eads Elected at Caucus for Monroe County Council

On Monday Sept 10th at 7PM the Monroe County Democratic Party held a caucus at the Bloomington Convention Center to fill the County Council At-large seat left vacant due to the passing of Warren Henegar.  The term ends December 31, 2012.  This Monroe County Democratic Party caucus was chaired by Rick Dietz with the assistance of Kyla Cox and Nicole Bolden. John Irvine spoke in remembrance of Warren before the official caucus proceedings.

Alice Eads was the only candidate to file for her father Warren Henegar's seat. At the caucus Alice Eads was elected to serve the remainder of the term for Monroe County Council At-large effective today and in time for County Council Budget Hearings.  We congratulate Alice on her victory in the caucus and for her willingness to serve.  She was sworn in at the Caucus and begins her term immediately.

Call to Caucus 2012-09-10

On a sad note, we will be holding a caucus of Democratic precinct committee persons for all Monroe County precincts for the purpose of filling the position of County Council At-large vacated by Warren Henegar. The term ends December 31, 2012. The caucus will be held on Monday Sept 10, 2012 at 7:00 pm in the Bloomington Convention Center, Duke Room, at 302 South College Ave., Bloomington, Indiana. All Democrats are welcome to attend the caucus.  

All Monroe County Democratic Party precinct committee persons are eligible to vote in the County Council At-large election. Vice precinct committeepersons shall be eligible to vote if they are carrying a proxy for their committeeperson in accordance with Indiana Democratic Party Rules.  Proxy notes may be submitted to me ahead of time or at the Caucus.  Email shall be acceptable for the submission of a proxy statement.

Candidates for County Council At-large must be eligible to be a candidate for County Council At-large.  Candidates must file form CEB-5 with the Caucus Chair, Rick Dietz, 72 hours before the caucus – by 7PM on Wednesday Sept 7, 2012.  Any questions about this caucus can be addressed to Rick Dietz at [email protected] or at 812-671-0076.

Warren Henegar

Warren sworn in 2009As you've heard, Monroe County Council Member  Warren Henegar passed away yesterday morning.  Our deepest sympathies are with Warren's family, friends and fellow adventurers throughout the years.  Much has and will be said about Warren.  He leaves a legacy of service and a life well-lived that should be an example to all of us.  I know him from a small fraction of his life as a farmer and a colleague on the Monroe County Council, but if it can be said of anyone it can be said of Warren: he contained multitudes.  His presence will be deeply missed, but it will continue to be felt in our community, in our lives, in the land.

I want to share with you that there will be a visitation on Monday, August 27, 5 to 8 p.m. at the Monroe County Courthouse, 100 W. Kirkwood, Bloomington, Indiana.  In addition a memorial will be held at the Meetinghouse of the Bloomington Religious Society of Friends, 3820 Moores Pike, Bloomington, IN, on Sunday, October 7 at 2 p.m.

These links below will take you to articles in the Herald Times about Warren and his obituary, including the Henegar-esque request that in lieu of flowers, Warren asks that you pay your taxes without complaint.


Farewell dear friend…

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