Monroe County Democrats create executive director position

The Monroe County Democratic Party has created a new paid position of executive director.

Kaisa Goodman, who is currently the party’s treasurer, will start serving in the role March 15. 

“Kaisa brings energy, experience and vision to local Democratic politics,” Mark Fraley, the chairman of the local Democratic Party, said in a news release. “Her passion and dedication will ensure the party is successful well into the future.”

The position is the first of its kind for the local Democratic Party, Fraley said. Its creation comes two months ahead of the May 8 primary in Indiana. 

Goodman will work part time, 20-25 hours a week, and receive a $20,000 salary. Fraley said the salary is being funded entirely by party donations.

Poll workers, election judges and election inspectors get paid for their work, but other party positions, including the chairman position Fraley holds, are not.

Fraley said the local Democratic Party has grown significantly in recent years, and that while volunteers have successfully managed the party’s growth, a constant presence for the party was needed.

“Working closely with the dedicated and passionate volunteers, elected officials and candidates here in Monroe County makes me excited for the opportunity to further serve the local Democratic Party and the community at large,” Goodman said. “I’m thrilled to be able to use my knowledge of the party and my enthusiasm for local politics in this professional capacity.”

As executive director, Goodman said, she will serve as a volunteer coordinator and oversee day-to-day operations of the party at its headquarters. She said among her goals as executive director will be solidifying partnerships with grass-roots political organizations, diverse populations and organized labor groups; strengthening community outreach; and increasing the resources the party can offer candidates and grass-roots organizations.

Before serving as treasurer, Goodman was vice chairwoman of Democracy for Monroe County. She also managed Bloomington City Council member Dave Rollo’s re-election campaign. She is a graduate of the Indiana Democratic Party’s Emerging Leaders program.

Goodman will step down as party treasurer once she assumes her new role. The local Democrats will hold a caucus to elect her successor as treasurer.