The Dispatch 3.28.2019 - A Statement from MCDP, plus Upcoming Events

 A Statement by the Monroe County Democratic Party:

“In light of the recent article that was published in the Indiana Daily Student, we are left feeling disheartened and upset. Let us be extremely clear, sexual harassment and abuse of power should have no place anywhere in our city and county and we take accounts of such very seriously.  It is our moral obligation and duty to lead by example and hold ourselves accountable for our actions, no matter who we are. Our community is currently feeling a range of emotions and there is a deep need to come together, regardless of party, to learn and grow from this. Our leadership staff is working quickly to put together an event on the topic of sexual harassment and abuse of power for all to attend.  Furthermore, we call on the city and county to review, rewrite, and strengthen their policies to ensure that a situation such as this does not occur in the future.

If anyone has experienced sexual harassment or assault, please contact the Middle Way House 24/7 hotline at 812.336.0846.”

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:

It’s not too early to think about working the polls on May 7th. The Monroe County Election Team is looking for people to work as Inspectors, Judges, Clerks, and Sheriffs on Election Day. These positions are critical in making elections run smoothly and to help voters have a good experience when filling out their ballots. You can spend a rewarding day helping the people of Bloomington vote and make some money at the same time. Call Election Central at 812-349-2690 to find out more or sign up.

For people who may have questions about the legal and electoral ramifications for the mayoral race moving forward, Indiana Public Media has an informative article on the subject and it can be found here: “What Comes Next in the Bloomington Mayoral Primary Election”.;

A list of current candidate forums, campaign events, and other local events and opportunities is below:



Upcoming Campaign Forums and Debates

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 mayoral portion 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

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.


Canvassing for Kate Rosenbarger for City Council

Saturday, March 30, 11am-3pm

116 S. Madison St.

Come join Kate this weekend to knock on doors in Bloomington District 1! Early voting starts on April 9th and they've already knocked 1,000 doors, but they still have more to go!! Bring your friends, family, and neighbors. Training is at 11 am, but feel free to join when it works for you.


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.


House Parties for Chris Sturbaum!

Sunday, March 31, 1-2:30pm at 2639 S, Sunflower Drive, and

Sunday, March 31, 3-4:30pm at 702 W. 13th Street

Chris will be in the Maple Heights and Broadview neighborhoods of City Council District 1 this Sunday. Pick a house party nearest you and come join the conversation. The house party on W. 13th St. is hosted by Jane Goodman. RSVP at [email protected]. The house party on Sunflower Drive is hosted by Tim and Edda Callahan. RSVP for this at [email protected] or 812-325-5194.


Meet Kate Rosenbarger, City Council District 1 Candidate!

Sunday, March 31, 3-4:30pm

521 S. Smith Ave. (Doug Wissing's house)

Please come by to meet Kate, learn more about her, share your ideas and concerns, and support her campaign. They’ll have some refreshments to fuel the discussions. Feel free to bring friends, family, and neighbors!


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.


Re-Elect Susan Sandberg, City Council At-Large

Thursday, April 4, 5:30-7pm

Dimension Mill, 642 N. Madison St.

Come for a Fundraiser and Friendraiser to support Susan Sandberg for City Council At-Large.


Meet Matt Flaherty, Candidate for City Council, At-Large

Saturday, April 6, 9-11am Needmore Coffee 104 N Pete Ellis Dr.

Sunday, April 15, 3-5pm Lucky’s Market Cafe, 2424 S. Walnut Street

Monday, April 22, 5-7pm Starbucks, 284 N Jacob Drive

Join Matt at one of these get-togethers to share your ideas, ask questions, and discuss the issues that matter most to you. Drop in any time!


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.


Meet Kate Rosenbarger, City Council District 1 Candidate!

Friday, April 12, 5:30-7pm

926 W. 4th Street

Please come by to meet Kate, learn more about her, share your ideas and concerns, and support her campaign. They’ll have some refreshments to fuel the discussions. Feel free to bring anyone interested in meeting Kate.


Upcoming Community Events and Announcements

Farmers Market Volunteers needed April 6th for the Democratic Party Booth

The Farmers Market opens again beginning Saturday, April 6, and the Monroe County Democratic Party needs volunteers! This will be the last Saturday before Voter Registration ends for primary season, and we are looking to register voters! Shifts are available from 8am to 12pm. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Ed at [email protected].


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


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.


Beto For America: Livestream Watch Party

Saturday, March 30, 12pm

Switchyard Brewing Company, 419 N. Walnut Street

On Saturday, March 30th, Beto O’Rourke is holding a rally in El Paso to launch his campaign for president. Please join us for a watch party on March 30 -- tune into the livestream together to hear Beto’s vision for our country and how you can work together on his grassroots campaign for president.


Trans* Night of Audibility- Cancelled

Saturday, March 30

This event was previously published in last week’s Dispatch but has since been cancelled.


Speaking Freely: Fighting for Rights in the Statehouse

Wednesday, April 3, 7-8pm

IU Ballantine Hall, Room 109, 1020 E. Kirkwood Ave

The College Democrats at Indiana University will host the ACLU of Indiana for a Speaking Freely panel on the "Fighting for Rights in the Statehouse." The panel will discuss current bills in the Indiana Statehouse, how they impact Hoosiers' rights and what community members can do to take action. The panel will focus on hate crimes legislation, repro rights, criminal justice reform and lgbtq rights. Panelists include Jeannine Bell, IU Maurer Law Professor, Katie Blair, ACLU Indiana Advocacy and Public Policy Director, and Dan Canon, civil rights lawyer and former Democratic candidate for Congress.


Women, Justice & Equity

Wednesday, April 3, 5-7pm

FAR Center for Contemporary Arts, 505 W. 4th St.

Please join us for an evening of conversation and raising funds for CJAM's Education and Training Programs. This informal evening includes a lively panel discussion with local attorney Amelia Lahn (Lahn Law, LLC), Erika Oliphant (Monroe County Prosecutor) and Deborah Widiss (IU Maurer School of Law), moderated by CJAM board member and Maurer School Professor, Jody Madeira.There will be a reception with appetizers and cash bar (beer & wine). Tickets start at $15. To learn more about the event or get tickets: or


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!


Middle Way House Community-wide Volunteer Training

Saturday, April 6, 9am-5pm

Bloomington Transit Downtown Terminal, 301 S. Walnut St

Help believe and support survivors with meaningful alternatives to living with violence by volunteering with Middle Way House! You can attend the training, even if your schedule won't allow you to make an immediate commitment so that you are ready to begin volunteering when your schedule allows. All volunteers must participate in one of Middle Way’s eight-hour volunteer training sessions held throughout the year. There is NO per-registration required for the training; you may complete the volunteer application and bring it with you to the training, or complete it during the lunch break. For more information:


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 the 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. 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.


**If you have an event you wish to submit to The Dispatch, please email the details to [email protected]