The Dispatch 4.4.2019 - Early Voting Dates/Times, Events, and Announcements

Election Announcements:

A complete list of Democrats 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.


Upcoming Campaign Forums and Debates


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.


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!


Day of Action for Isabel Piedmont-Smith

Saturday, April 6, 11am-5pm

Democratic HQ, 116 S. Madison St.

Isabel is asking for help going door to door in District 5, and is hosting a Day of Action from 11 am to 5 pm. Just stop by Democratic Headquarters any time during this period and pick up a packet and a bit of training, and head out to knock some doors for Isabel! You can go alone or with a partner. Help spread the word about Isabel's re-election campaign. For more info, please contact [email protected]


Come out and Canvass with Vauhxx Booker!

Saturday, April 6, 12-4pm

116 S. Madison St.

Come join Vauhxx Booker, City Council At-Large candidate, in door-to-door knocking and talking!


Canvassing for Matt Flaherty

Saturday, April 6, 11am and 2pm (two shifts)

Sunday, April 7, 11pm and 2pm (two shifts)

1409 S. Dunn St.

Join Matt Flaherty to knock on doors all around Bloomington! They’ll be knocking doors in double shifts every Saturday and Sunday until election day, as well as many weekday evenings. They’ll provide a short training and send you out with a buddy to chat with neighbors, hear their ideas and concerns, and share a message for progressive change for Bloomington. There may be oatmeal or snacks for volunteers — join to find out! Meet at 1409 S Dunn St., and RSVP to [email protected].


McDoel Gardens House Party for Isabel Piedmont-Smith

Sunday, April 7, 1-2:30pm

604 W. Dodds St.

Come meet Isabel Piedmont-Smith, District 5 city council member and candidate for re-election! Chat with Isabel, give input on city issues, and find out more about her campaign priorities.


Wine & Cheese House Party in Support of Matt Flaherty

Sunday, April 7, 4:30-6pm

1212 S. Grant St.

Join Matt Flaherty — candidate for City Council, At Large — for a wine & cheese house party hosted by Lisa Sideris and Amy Roche. Matt is prioritizing meaningful climate action and resilience; social and economic equity; and more accessible and inclusive city government.


House Party for Chris Sturbaum, City Council District 1!

Sunday, April 7, 1-2:30pm

1003 W. Howe St.

If you haven’t had a chance to share your thoughts on the city with Chris, please come to the house party Sunday hosted by Sandy Bonsib and John Buckley. RSVP [email protected]


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. One Parking Commision position is available for city residents who live within a residential neighborhood permit parking zone, and the second is available for a merchant owning and operating a business located at an address with on-street metered parking spaces. 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


CITIZEN's ACADEMY is ready for applications!

The 2019 Citizens' Academy class will provide participants with an interactive learning experience about municipal government services, programs and departmental responsibilities. This year's Citizens' Academy session begins Thursday, August 29 and runs through October 24. To ensure the quality of the experience, the sessions will be limited to 30 participants. All classes are 6-8pm every Thursday evening. You can apply online at or contact Vickie Provine, [email protected] or call 812.349.3505.


Democracy For Monroe County April Link-Up

Thursday, April 4, 6pm-9pm

Noodles and Company East, 2560 E. 3rd St.

As they have done every election cycle, the members of DFMC will vote on which candidates for public office their organization will endorse. Everyone is invited to attend, but only Members who joined on or before March 5, 2019 will be able to vote. Meeting begins at 6:30pm, but gathering time is 6-6:30pm.


Grassroots Fundraiser for Mayor Pete in Washington, DC

Thursday, April 4, 6:30-8:30

City Winery, 1350 Okie St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Former MCDP officer Alexa Lopez is very excited to help host a fundraiser this Thursday for Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who is exploring a run for President of the United States. If you still get the Dispatch but now live in DC, she would love to see you there! RSVP at the link below. If you have any questions, please contact Alexa Lopez,  at [email protected]. If you feel inclined, please add her name in the referrer section after you purchase your ticket!

**This is a great reminder that if you remember to submit your events through our Form or directly via email to [email protected], it WILL get covered!


Democratic Women’s Caucus Breakfast

Friday, April 5, 7:30am

Village Deli

Primary Prep! The DWC’s endorsed women will be letting the group know just what the DWC needs to do to help them in the next month. And they’ll talk about what can be done collectively for ALL of the endorsed women with the special "Point of Sale" program. This week the DWC will concentrate on the two Saturdays before the Primary. Bring your calendars to coordinate time slots! This primary IS the election right now.


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 here.


Rally in Support of All-Inclusive Hate Crimes Bill

Saturday, April 13, 11am-12:30pm

Indiana State House, 200 W. Washington St, Indianapolis

Please join hosts Indiana Stonewall Democrats and their allies in support of an all-inclusive comprehensive Hate Crimes Bill in Indiana. Send a clear message to our elected officials in the General Assembly that the current bill fails to protect the most vulnerable among us. Raise your voices and let our legislators know that SB198 is unacceptable as written and should not have been signed into law. Meet on the South side of the Indiana Statehouse! Bring your signs and your banners and your voices!


Monroe County Democrats’ Club

Tuesday, April 16, 11:30am

DiAngelo’s Restaurant, Eastland Plaza Shopping Center (E. 3rd St.)


Dine & Donate: Buy a Pizza, Support the Hoosier Abortion Fund

Wednesday, April 17, 11am-11:59pm

Mother Bear’s Pizza, 1428 E. 3rd St AND 2980 W. Whitehall Crossing Blvd.

Join All-Options for Dine & Donate: Buy a Pizza, Support the Hoosier Abortion Fund! Head to Mother Bear's Pizzeria where $5 of every large pizza will go directly to All-Options Pregnancy Resource Center's abortion fund, helping connect people to the care and support they need. Print out your coupon in the "tickets available" section on the facebook event page (  and show it to the cashier at inside dining, carryout, or delivery. Coupons will be accepted at both Mother Bear's Locations. Each order allows us to support Hoosiers needing an abortion, but who are struggling to afford it. Grab a pie & help make a difference!


Consent 201: Diverse Topics in Consent

Thursday, April 18, 6:30-8pm

The Banneker, 930 W. 7th St.

In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Middle Way House’s Crisis Intervention Services team will offer a FREE and diverse community education workshop featuring a broad selection of breakout sessions to help you integrate and explore consent within your own life. Attend two of any of the following 30-minute workshops:  

Option 1, Consent in the Kink Community

Option 2, Consent for Parents with Young Children

Option 3, Consent in Long-term Relationships

More information can be found here:


Monroe County NOW Reproductive Justice Book Club

Sunday, April 21, 3-5pm

Noodles and Company East, 2560 E. 3rd St.

Join members and friends of Monroe County NOW for their next Reproductive Justice Book Club on Sunday, April 21, from 3 to 5pm! They will be reading Women Rowing North: Navigating Life's Currents and Flourishing as We Age by Mary Pipher. The Monroe County Public Library has several copies of this book.


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.


Consent 301: Accountability Workshop

Thursday, April 25, 6:30-8pm

The Banneker, 930 W. 7th St.

In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Middle Way House’s Crisis Intervention Services team will offer a FREE accountability community education workshop in which they will explore the complexities of accountability and support for people who have done harm.  Through facilitated discussion, skills-building activities and resources participants will build tools for demystifying the interpersonal harm.


USW Local 104 Workers Memorial Event

Friday, April 26, 4pm

Union Hall, Newburgh

Virtually every safety and health protection on the books today is there because of working men and women who joined together in unions to win these protections. Each and every day an average of 13 workers die on the job as a result of workplace injuries. Join USW local 104's gathering for their Worker's Memorial event at the Union Hall in Newburgh.


Monroe County NOW April Meeting

Sunday, April 28, 3pm-5pm

401 N. Morton Street, City Hall Council Chambers

Join Monroe County NOW for their April chapter meeting! They are thrilled to have guest speaker Debra Morrow, Executive Director of Middle Way House, for an important discussion about sexual assault awareness.


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. Register here:


Annual Indiana Democratic Editorial Association (IDEA) Convention in French Lick

August 22-24

French Lick Resort, 8670 West Road 56

The convention is still months away but hotel rooms are going QUICKLY, so if you plan to attend you are encouraged to make your hotel reservations NOW. More information on that can be found here:


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.

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