The Dispatch 5.16.19- General Election Announcements and Upcoming Events

General Election Announcements

Democrat Sue Sgambelluri in City Council District 2 faces Republican Andrew Gunther in the fall General Election. The Monroe County Republican Party has until June 30 to field challengers in the other races as well. Our Democratic candidates may also face Independent challengers, and we will keep you updated on the status of those races as we learn more about them. Turnout among Bloomington registered voters was revised to around 10.23% in the May primary election.

*Note:Last week’s Dispatch incorrectly stated the date by which the Republican Party could caucus in challengers. The correct date is June 30th.


Democratic Party Events

Monroe County Black Democratic Caucus Monthly Meeting

Thursday, May 16, 6-7pm

MCDP Headquarters, 116 S. Madison St.


Municipal Candidate Training

Saturday, May 18, 9:30am-3:30pm

Zionsville Town Hall

The Indiana Democratic Party will host a Municipal Candidate Training on Saturday, May 18 from 9:30am to 3:30pm at the Zionsville Town Hall. This is a great opportunity for candidates and their staffs to learn more about field, fundraising, and digital organizing. Sign up for the Municipal Candidate Training here.


Monroe County Democrats’ Club Luncheon

Tuesday, May 21, 11:30am

DeAngelo’s Restaurant

The Club will recognize and thank all of the candidates who ran during the recent primary, and the speaker will be former Bloomington mayor, Tomi Allison, who will speak about her most recent book. The public is invited to attend.


Hoosier Hospitality Dinner

Friday, June 7, 6:30-9pm

Indiana Convention Center, 100 S. Capitol Ave.

Please join the Indiana Democratic Party at the 2019 Hoosier Hospitality Dinner on Friday, June 7 at the Indiana Convention Center. Featured guest speaker is US Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon. The evening is a great opportunity to come together as Hoosier Democrats and be reminded of why we are fighting for working families. You can find more information on the HH Dinner at our website here: If you have any questions, reach out to Alex Fuller via email at [email protected]


Stonewall Democrats of South Central Indiana Launch Event

Saturday, June 15, Reception at 3pm, Speakers at 4pm

Bloomington City Hall, Atrium and Council Chambers

The Stonewall Democrats of South Central Indiana (SD-SCI) is a newly organized local caucus that supports LGBTQI people, their involvement in local and state politics, and policies that will improve their lives. Speakers at the event will include Senator JD Ford, Dana Black, and others. Together we can build a more inclusive community for trans and queer people in South Central Indiana. The event is free, but donations are encouraged. Want to join SD-SCI? Annual membership is $10 and is good through May 31, 2020. For more information contact either Jessica McCellan ([email protected]), Treasurer, or Will Smith ([email protected]), President.


2019 Young Democrats of America National Convention

July 17-20

Crowne Plaza, 123 W. Louisiana St, Indianapolis

Visit for all details and convention matters.


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.


Farmers Market Volunteers needed for the Democratic Party Booth

The Monroe County Democratic Party needs volunteers at the Saturday Farmers Market this summer! Shifts are available from 8am to 12pm. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Ed at [email protected].


Upcoming Community Events and Announcements

City of Bloomington Commission Vacancies

The City of Bloomington Office of the City Clerk is accepting applications to fill recently vacated positions on several of the city’s commissions. Recent vacancies, and the date they became available, are listed below:

Animal Control Commission (5/9/19)

Commission on the Status of Children and Youth (5/2/19)

Redevelopment Commission (5/2/19)

Parking Commission (3/26/19, for a merchant located near metered parking))

Human Rights Commission (3/20/19)

Parking Commission (3/5/19, for a resident within a permit parking zone)

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.


Summer Necessities Drive


Unitarian Universalist Church, 2120 N. Fee Lane

Black Lives Matter Bloomington and Black Lives Unitarian Universalism are launching

their Summer Necessity Drive and devoting the month of May to collecting supplies for expecting mothers and babies. To see the organizations’ Wish List for items needed, check out their website: Items purchased online through the Amazon Wish List will be shipped directly to BLM B-town. If bought locally or from other bulk sites these items will need to be delivered, and BLM is having a donation drop-off day at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12th.


Monroe County Election Board Meeting

Friday, May 17, 12pm

Election Central, 401 W. 7th Street

On the agenda for this meeting is the processing of provisional ballots from Primary Election Day.


Isabel Piedmont-Smith May Constituency Meeting

Saturday, May 18, 11am-12pm

Bloomington City Council Library (suite 110)

Come find out what the City Council is working on and give your input on city issues! Isabel will be in the City Council Library (suite 110) for May. Combine your visit with a trip to the Farmer's Market, which will be in full swing!


Bloomington Black y Brown Arts Festival

Saturday, May 18, 12-4pm

The Banneker Center, 930 W. 7th St.

The Bloomington Black y Brown Arts Festival is a celebration of African, Hispanic, Latinx and Native American creative arts and artists to affirm community space, preserve arts appreciation, and enhance pride in the spirit of diversity of the Bloomington community. The festival will provide a medium for local talent to showcase visual and performance art in an environment that engages the audience with artists and their work. The planning committee is also seeking artist submissions to perform, host a booth, or both for this Family Fun event. More information about submitting art for the festival can be found here:


WildCare Inc. Benefit

Saturday, May 18, 6-9pm

Butler Winery and Vineyards, 6200 E. Robinson Rd

Admission: $20 for adults (21 & Over), $5 -Under 21. Admission includes 6 wine samples (adults 21+ only), appetizers, hot dogs and a sack meal for kids. Live music by Window Payne. Multiple games, face painting, raffles. Up-close encounters with WildCare's ambassador animals. Rain or shine. Bring the whole family


Community Kitchen Spring Brunch

Sunday, May 19, 11am-3pm

Community Kitchen, 1515 S. Rogers St.

Join Community Kitchen for their upcoming Spring Brunch fundraiser for their hunger relief efforts. This three course brunch will be held on Sunday, May 19th at Community Kitchen and includes paired cocktails from Cardinal Spirits. Non-alcoholic drinks will be available. The cost is $50/seat. There are two seatings: 11am and 1pm. For more information on courses and to buy tickets, visit the facebook event page here:


Presidential Candidate Eric Swalwell Town Hall

Sunday, May 19, 2pm

Factory 12 Event Loft, 1235 Jackson St, Columbus, IN

2020 Democratic presidential candidate Congressman Eric Swalwell will hold a town hall on Sunday, May 19, in Columbus, IN, hometown of his wife, Brittany Watts Swalwell. The Bartholomew County Democratic Party is co-sponsoring the town hall. Swalwell announced his candidacy for President of the United States on April 8 and is a fourth-term Member of Congress from California who serves on the House Intelligence and Judiciary committees; co-chairs the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee; and is founder and chairman emeritus of Future Forum, a group of House Democrats that listens to and acts upon the needs of millennial Americans.


LGBTQ Rights Book Club with Prism Youth Community

Tuesday, May 21, 6:30-8pm

Bloomington Center for Connection, 315 W. Dodds St.

Join members and friends of Monroe County NOW, along with Prism Youth Community (part of Bloomington PRIDE), for the next LGBTQ+ Rights Book Club on Tuesday, May 21, from 6:30 to 8pm at the Bloomington Center for Connection! They will be reading Dreadnought: Nemesis by April Daniels. The Monroe County Public Library has two copies of this book.


Climate Change Organizing Call Out Bloomington

Tuesday, May 21, 7:30-9:30pm

821 N. Blair Ave

A Call-Out to folks who are interested in organizing activism, resistance, & protest around climate change in Bloomington. Bring thoughts about what types of projects & actions you would have energy & competence to join & organize.  Also bring your knowledge about the good projects and work already underway. Kids are welcome. Child care is available by request. Brings snacks if you want. There is a friendly dog.


Indivisible Bloomington Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, May 28, 7-8:30pm

MCDP HQ, 116 S. Madison St.

Join Indivisible Bloomington + 9th District for their monthly meeting. They will discuss next steps, finalizing their bylaws, collaborating with organizations, and more!


Middle Way House Community-wide Volunteer Training

Saturday, June 1, 9am-5pm

Bloomington Transit Downtown Terminal

Help Middle Way 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 make an immediate commitment so that you are ready to begin when your schedule allows.  Numerous opportunities exist at the Bloomington locations and outreach offices in Greene, Martin and Owen counties. All volunteers must participate in one of their 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 about volunteer positions, visit: information here:


Spencer Pride Festival

Saturday, June 1, 12-7pm

Owen County Courthouse, Spencer

The Spencer Pride Festival is an admission-free rural LGBTQ+ pride festival that takes place on the square of the Owen County Courthouse and is the largest rural LGBTQ+ pride event in Indiana. The festival is known for its family-focused and inclusive atmosphere. Check out more info at:


Knock Down the House Documentary Showing

Thursday, June 6, 6-8:30pm

Monroe County Public Library, room 1B

Democracy For Monroe County, IU College Democrats, and Indiana 9th District Latino Caucus are proud to host a showing of the new documentary that follows four determined candidates, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, throughout their campaign in the 2018 election. These progressive candidates take on big money and stagnant incumbents in the 2018 election with and without success. Come for a great film, good company, and a good discussion following the film. The trailer can be found here:


All-Options Drop-in Volunteer Action Hours

Friday, June 7, 9:30-11am

All-Options Pregnancy Resource Center, 1014 S. Walnut St.

Have you ever wanted to get involved with All-Options, but aren't sure about making a long-term commitment? Would you like to do some hands-on work in a judgment-free, supportive environment? Join All-Options for drop-in volunteer time -- usually the first Friday of every month. They will have projects available for you to jump right in. All ages welcome!


Monroe County NOW June Chapter Meeting

Sunday, June 23, 3-5pm

Monroe County Public Library room 2A

See what NOW is up to this summer and beyond. Special guest Btown PFLAG (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) will be there to lead a discussion about the intersection of LGBTQ+ identity and racial identity. For information about Btown PFLAG and their work, please visit


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


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