The Dispatch 5.9.2019- Congrats to Tuesday's Primary Winners!

Congratulations to our Newly Nominated Democratic Candidates!!!

Below is the list of Democratic candidates who won their races in Tuesday’s city-wide primary municipal elections. They will all advance to the general election this fall.

John Hamilton, Mayor

Nicole Bolden, City Clerk

Kate Rosenbarger, City Council District 1

Sue Sgambelluri, City Council District 2

Ron Smith, City Council District 3

Dave Rollo, City Council District 4

Isabel Piedmont-Smith, City Council District 5

Steve Volan, City Council District 6

Susan Sandberg, City Council At-large

Jim Sims, City Council At-large

Matt Flaherty, City Council At-large

We congratulate these candidates, and we wish to thank every candidate who ran for making this an informative, issues-based election.


General Election Announcements

At this point, Sue Sgambelluri in City Council District 2 is the only candidate to face a Republican challenge this fall in Andrew Gunther. The Monroe County Republican Party still has time to field challengers in the other races. 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 was only 9.55% of registered voters this Primary, and we know that a civically-minded city like Bloomington can do better!


Democratic Party Events

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. You can sign up here:


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 Monroe County Democrats' Club’s next luncheon is on May 21st, and they would like to invite all who ran for office to attend, so that the candidates can be thanked for their efforts. It takes a special kind of bravery to stand for office--and these candidates had it!


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. 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.


Writing, Incarceration, and Social Justice

Saturday, May 11, 11am-12:30pm

Dimension Mill, 642 N. Madison St.

As part of the 2019 Granfalloon Academic Conference, the Arts & Humanities Council presents a special panel and activism workshop on Writing, Incarceration, and Social Justice. Dave Eggers will be joined by a panel of Bloomington community members who work with organizations dedicated to writing and reading programs for incarcerated individuals. The panel discussion will be followed by a Packaging Workshop for Midwest Pages to Prisoners. MWPP receives many donated books each year, yet the donations don't always match the kinds of books requested by those who are incarcerated. Audience members are asked to bring books to donate at the event, preferably from the list of most requested books, found here:


Area 10 Agency Benefit Luncheon

Wednesday, May 15, 11:30am-1pm

Shreve Hall, Ivy Tech Community College, 200 N. Daniels Way

The Annual Benefit Luncheon provides a special opportunity for community members to help improve the quality of life and celebrate the independence, health, and dignity of older adults in Monroe and Owen counties. Attendance is free, but a tax-deductible charitable donation of $40 is suggested. All proceeds will go to fulfilling our mission of providing resources, solutions and connections that empower older adults to live more fulfilled lives. RSVP by emailing Chris at [email protected] or complete online at:


City of Bloomington/Habitat for Humanity Housing Announcement

Wednesday, May 15, 4:30-5:30pm

Trail View Neighborhood, Morevac Way

Please join Habitat for Humanity and the City of Bloomington for the launch of an affordable housing initiative aimed at substantially increasing the city’s affordable housing stock over the next five years. Refreshments will be served. For more details about the announcement, view the full media release: Street parking is available along West 11th Street. Those arriving on foot of by bike can access Morevac Way where it intersects the north end of the B-Line Trail.


TEDx Open Pitch Night

Wednesday, May 15, 6:30-8pm

Monroe County Public Library

Pitch your idea for the TEDx stage. 1 stage. 5 minutes. Your big idea.


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:


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:


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.


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:


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!


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



Las week the John Hamilton for Mayor campaign sent out a mailer stating that the Monroe County Democratic Party had endorsed him for mayor. This is incorrect and the result of a misunderstanding on the part of MCDP. An endorsement requires a vote by the Party Precinct Chairs. We regret that error.