The Dispatch 3.21.2019 - Forums, Campaign Events, and More!

Municipal Candidate List

A complete list of those putting their names forth for public service by seat sought is now available at Visit our site and keep up on the Dispatch to get the latest from Monroe County Democratic candidates!

Primary Election Day is on Tuesday, May 7, 6am-6pm.

Early Voting is held at Election Central, 401 E. 7th St, and begins on Tuesday, April 9th. A full schedule for early voting can be found here:

A list of upcoming Candidate forums, debates, campaign events, and community events is below: 

Upcoming Campaign Forums and Debates


City Council At-Large Candidates Forum

Monday, March 25, 7-9pm

Monroe County Public Library Auditorium, 303 E. Kirkwood Ave

Attend a forum with the six City Council at-large candidates, hosted by Democracy for Monroe County.


Elect Connect: Candidate Forum and Mayoral Debate

Tuesday, April 2, 5-7pm

Buskirk-Chumley Theater, 114 E. Kirkwood Ave.

The Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce will host a candidate forum to welcome all 2019 city council and mayoral candidates interested in leading our community. These candidates will have an opportunity to discuss their platforms and participate in a moderated Q&A session. The forum with city council candidates will begin at 5:00 p.m. and the debate with mayoral candidates will begin at 6:45 p.m. Tickets are free and can be obtained at the BTC Box Office. For more information, visit the Chamber of Commerce website here.


Mayoral, City Clerk and City Council At-Large Candidate Forum

Saturday, April 13, 3-5pm

Lighthouse Community Church, 850 E Winslow Rd

Hosted by the Monroe County Black Democratic Caucus & the Bloomington Black Strategic Alliance. Questions at the forum will focus on issues facing the Black community and the community at-large. Questions: email [email protected]


City Council District Candidate Forum

Sunday, April 14, 3-5pm

Lighthouse Community Church, 850 E Winslow Rd

Hosted by the Monroe County Black Democratic Caucus & the Bloomington Black Strategic Alliance. Questions at the forum will focus on issues facing the Black community and the community at-large. Questions: email [email protected]


Upcoming Campaign Events


Canvassing for Kate Rosenbarger

Saturday, March 23, 11am-3pm

116 S. Madison St.

Join Kate and knock some doors in District 1! It’s going to be a beautiful day with stroller-friendly routes and routes with playgrounds in the middle, so bring the whole family! Training is at 11 am, but feel free to join when it works for you.  Let the campaign know you’re coming by texting James Basset (260) 557-2921 or signing up on Facebook:


Barge on the Block Canvassing

Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24, 11am-5pm

Join Mayoral candidate Amanda Barge for Barge on the Block canvassing Saturday and Sunday March 16th and 17th starting at 11am. Haven’t knocked on doors before? They will have a fun and easy training session at 221 E Kirkwood Avenue, 10:30 each day and can pair you up with an experienced canvasser.


Volunteering with Mayor Hamilton's Re-election Campaign

Daily through May 7th

Come knock doors with the campaign: talk to voters about what issues matter to them, everything John and his administration have accomplished in the past three years, and John's vision as we move forward into Bloomington's third century! Contact the campaign through or by emailing [email protected] if you're interested in getting involved with the campaign or if you have any questions.


Coffee and Game Planning with Denise Valkyrie

Sunday, March 24, 12-2pm

2503 S. Milton Drive

Meet Denise, her pets, her Husband and her mom where they live. Have some of the awesome coffee Denise likes to make. Tell her what you want her to do. Then help her make it happen!


Meet and Greet for Matt Flaherty and Kate Rosenbarger

Sunday, March 24, 4-5:30pm

4104 S. Grant Haven Drive

Betty and Katie Watson invite you to come and meet these great candidates, learn more about their platforms, share your ideas and concerns for Bloomington, and support their campaigns! You can connect with Kate's campaign at or and Matt's campaign at or


House Party for Chris Sturbaum

Sunday, March 24, 3-4:30pm

803 W. 6th St.

Join your neighbors for conversations with Chris! Please RSVP, if coming, to the host Sarah Franklin.


Meet and Greet with Jean Capler

Thursday, March 28, 6:30-8:30pm

Griffin Realty, 735 S College Ave.

Join Jean and the Team to hear about what she hopes to accomplish if elected to City Council.

There will be refreshments and light appetizers. This is a fundraising event with a suggested donation of $50. However, no donation is too small, and all are welcome. For more information visit the Facebook event page here.


District 3 Development Meeting with Jim Blickensdorf

Saturday, March 30, 2-3:30pm

Bloomingfoods East, 3220 E 3rd St.

Come to Bloomingfoods at 2 pm to grab a little lunch and discuss District 3 Issues with Jim. Meet the candidate and discuss issues like development in Bloomington, sidewalks and pedestrian pathways in District 3, concerns about sustainability and economic growth.


District City Council Candidate Meet and Greet

Saturday, March 30, 3-5pm

Upland Brewing Company, 350 W. 11th St.

Join Democracy for Monroe County, Indivisible Bloomington and 9th District, and the Indiana Latino 9th District Democratic Caucus for an opportunity to meet your district city council candidates! This will be a chance for district city council candidates to mingle with their potential constituents and answer questions over beer and food. DFMC has invited all the candidates from districts 1-6 and will update to reflect their availability.


Sue Sgambelluri For City Council: Idea Forum and Fundraiser

Sunday, March 31, 3-5pm

3328 N Ramble Road Court in Blue Ridge

Come join your neighbors and meet Sue Sgambelluri, Candidate for Bloomington City Council District 2.  Share your ideas, enjoy a lively discussion, and hear more about her priorities for our city. Hosted by Tony & Julia Armstrong.


Susan Sandberg for City Council At-Large Downtown Event

Thursday, April 4, 5:30-7pm

Grazie Italiano, 106 W. 6th St.


Sue Sgambelluri For City Council: Idea Forum and Fundraiser

Thursday, April 11, 7-9pm

2301 N Dunn Street in Matlock Heights

Join your neighbors and meet Sue Sgambelluri, Candidate for Bloomington City Council District 2. Share your ideas, enjoy a lively discussion, and hear more about her priorities for our city. Hosted by Markus & Stephanie Dickinson.


Upcoming Community Events

City of Bloomington Commission Vacancies

The City of Bloomington Office of the City Clerk is accepting applications to fill vacant positions on the city’s Parking Commission, Human Rights Commission, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Commission. 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


Monroe County NOW March Chapter Meeting

Sunday, March 24, 3-5pm

Noodles & Company East, 2560 E 3rd St


A Memorial for Christchurch Victims: Moving Forward in Unity

Sunday, March 24, 6-8pm

Islamic Center of Bloomington, 1925 E. Atwater Ave.

We all have a responsibility to ensure the safety of our neighbors. We must condemn all forms of hatred including racism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and xenophobia. The Islamic Center of Bloomington will have a vigil for the victims of the Christchurch shooting on Sunday, March 24 from 6 to 8pm and we hope to see people come out and support the victims and condemn the hateful rhetoric that led to this tragedy.


Slay the Gerrymander: Rally for Redistricting Reform

Tuesday, March 26, 12-1pm

Birch Bayh Federal Building and US Courthouse, 46 E Ohio St, Indianapolis

On March 26th the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in two landmark partisan gerrymandering cases.  Redistricting reform activists in Indiana will gather at the corner of Meridian and Ohio Streets in downtown Indy to rally and show solidarity with our colleagues who are fighting this battle at the Supreme Court.  After some short speeches they will march to the Capitol Ave. steps of the State House to call for a hearing on redistricting reform legislation that passed the Indiana Senate last month.


A 9th District Q&A with Adam Dickey

Tuesday, March 26, 7-9pm
Noodles & Company, 2560 E. 3rd St.

Join Indivisible Bloomington for a Q&A session on the state of the 9th District with INDems 9th District chair Adam Dickey. They will talk strategy, issues and big ideas as we look ahead to 2020. They will be in the conference room at the Noodles and Co location on the East Side. Plenty of parking!


Borders, Bans, and Babies: America's War on Immigrants

Wednesday, March 27, 6-10pm

Indiana Memorial Union, 900 E. 7th st.

Please join us for a panel discussion/social justice fair,  “Borders, Bans, and Babies: America’s War on Immigrants” as a part of a community/campus initiative called the “Social Justice in America Series.” It will focus on the ways in which our current political administration is treating immigrants, particularly immigrants of color and those who are undocumented and/or seeking asylum in the United States. For more information, including parking, visit the Facebook event page here.


Dine and Donate for Monroe County NOW

Thursday, March 28, 11am-11pm

BJ’s Brewhouse, 411 S. College Mall Road

Join Monroe County NOW for their next Dine and Donate at BJ's Brewhouse on Thursday, March 28! This event happens all day, from 11am to 11pm. When you bring in the flyer, Monroe County NOW will receive 20% of the cost of your food and soft beverages. The flyer can be found here and can be presented in digital or printed form. Join MC NOW to Contact Your Reps from 6:30-8:30pm this same evening at BJ’s Brewhouse; postcards, scripts, and postage provided.


Monroe County Black Democratic Caucus Monthly Meeting

Thursday, March 28, 6pm

MCDP Headquarters, 116 S. Madison St., Suite A


LAT (Logic and Accuracy Test) Testing

Friday, March 29, 8am

Monroe County Election Central, 401 W 7th St, Suite 100

LAT testing will be held at Election Central on Friday, March 29. This testing proves that the system is properly adding votes to each candidate in the same quantity as the votes were manually entered.  The system result is compared to a known set of data and must match. The public is welcome to attend.


Women’s Leadership Development Event: Women. Power. Progress

Saturday, March 30, 10am-12pm

City Hall Council Chambers

The annual Women's Leadership Development Event includes keynote speakers, panel discussions, Leadership Scholarship recipients and the 2019 Emerging Leader Award winner.

This FREE event aims to help girls and women develop leadership skills they can use to improve the Bloomington community.


Isabel Piedmont-Smith City Council District 5 March Constituent Meeting

Saturday, March 30,11am-12pm

Bloomington City Hall, 401 N Morton St

Isabel Piedmont-Smith’s 3rd monthly meeting of 2019: Find out what the city council has been up to and give your input on city issues. Room number will be posted on the main entrance to City Hall.


Trans* Night of Audibility

Saturday, March 30, 7-10:30pm

The Back Door, 207 S College Ave

March 31st is Transgender Day of Visibility, a day where trans people can take pride in their existence throughout all walks of life and in communities everywhere, feeling solidarity with fellow trans kin. To mark this, PRIDE is partnering with the Trans and Allies Support Community (TASC) and the Back Door to host an evening of entertainment featuring trans, non-binary, and genderqueer performers of sound-based art. Cover is $5 and the venue is age 21+. For more information visit the event page at:


2019 South Central Indiana AIDS Walk

Friday, April 5, 5-8pm

Dimension Mill, 642 N Madison Street

Come join the festivities and help celebrate the 15th anniversary of the AIDS Walk on April 5, 2019! The Walk will be located at Dimension Mill from 5-8pm.  Visit to donate and learn more!


Monroe County NOW Film Screening & Discussion: Period. End of Sentence.

Monday, April 8, 6-8pm

Monroe County Public Library Auditorium, 303 E Kirkwood Ave

Join members and friends of Monroe County NOW for a special film screening and discussion as they watch Academy Award-winning documentary Period. End of Sentence. Afterward, they will have an engaging discussion with Sudha Rana who grew up in a neighboring village, Akrauli, in the town of Hapur in India. To see a trailer of the film, please visit


Wake Up with United Way - Homelessness in Bloomington

Thursday, April 11, 7:45-9am

The Mill, 642 N Madison St.

On April 11th, the topic, "Homelessness in Bloomington,” will be examined by the Rev. Forrest Gilmore of Shalom Community Center, Emily Pike of New Hope for Families, and a member of the community personally impacted by homelessness. Tickets are $10 and will cover the cost of breakfast, with remaining proceeds supporting United Way of Monroe County's efforts to address our community's critical needs today, while reducing those needs tomorrow. More information and tickets can be found here.


Hoosier Day of Action

Thursday, April 11, 9am-3pm

Indiana Statehouse, 200 W. Washington Street, Indianapolis

Join organizations from across Indiana for a very important final push of Hoosier Days of Action. Volunteers like you will come together at the Statehouse to urge our legislators to stand up for Reproductive Healthcare in Indiana. Once you RSVP, organizers will create a schedule for you to be trained to meet with your local legislators, and afterwards you will be guided in teams to meet with legislators, talk about their own connections to the issues, and learn more about the growing, statewide wave towards more progressive Reproductive Healthcare. Lunch will be provided. RSVP link:


Film Screening and Panel Discussion: Year Of The Woman

Monday, April 22, 7-9pm

IU Cinema

A special film screening of Year of the Woman will take place on Monday, April 22, from 7 to 9pm at the IU Cinema! A panel discussion will follow the film. The screening and discussion are co-hosted by IU Cinema, The Lilly Library, Indiana University Libraries Moving Images Archive, and Monroe County NOW.


Indiana Democratic Party County Party Summit

May 11, 8am-6pm

Regional Council of Carpenters, 771 Greenwood Springs Dr, Greenwood

The Indiana Democratic Party is hosting the County Party Summit in Indianapolis on May 11 from 8am to 6pm! Join fellow county party executive members, officials, volunteers and activists for a day of training on how to build a stronger local presence to help elect Democrats up and down the ballot. Lunch will be served.


Peter Iversen Office Hours

Wednesdays 12-1pm

Monroe County Democratic Party Headquarters 116 S. Madison Street Suite A

Peter Iversen is the acting interim Executive Director for the Monroe County Democratic Party. His office hours are every Wednesday over the lunch hour. Please use parking spots near Suite A entrance if available. Parking spots near the street are reserved for customers of PDG Enterprises.


VAN Training for Candidates

Deputy VAN Chair Matthew Metz is offering VAN (Voter Action Network) training to all Bloomington Democratic municipal candidates. Denise Valkyrie and Jim Sims are both meeting with him this Saturday. If you are a candidate and are interested in meeting with Matthew to receive this training as well, contact him at [email protected] to schedule a time to meet.


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