The Dispatch 5.14.20

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There will still be in person voting in this year's primary.

As such, Monroe County is seeking poll workers. Polling locations have been reduced and all workers will be supplied a face shield, mask, gloves and plenty of hand sanitizer as well as continuous cleaning throughout the day. There will be someone at each location designated to monitor flow of traffic and social distancing.  

There is a first come first served basis for applicants seeking to work the polls as the time to fill roles and train workers is limited. 


If you are interested in working at a polling location, please respond to [email protected] ASAP with the following information:

  1. POSITION (Inspector, Judge, Clerk or Sherriff) …. If you are not sure or are new, just reply that haven’t previously worked and I can assist with placement.
  2. LOCATION these are the ONLY polling sites for the Primary Election:
  • Arlington Heights Elementary
  • Bloomington City Hall
  • City Church
  • Edgewood High School
  • Grandview School
  • Sherwood Oaks Church
  • Southside Christian Church

    3. TRAINING DATE/TIME AVAILABILITY:  They will be using NEW MACHINES that will require mandatory training for all workers.

  •   Inspectors and Judges ONLY:

       MAY 21 at 5pm

       MAY 22 at 8am

       MAY 23 at 8am

       MAY 25 at NOON and 5pm

       MAY 26 at 8am

  •    Clerks ONLY:

       MAY 27 at 9am, NOON and 5pm

       MAY 28 at 9am, NOON and 5pm

       MAY 29 at 9am and NOON

  •   Sherriff ONLY:

       MAY 28 at 8am

       MAY 29 at 11am


The State of Indiana has created an online form to apply for your absentee ballot!
For simple and quick instructions, check out the video the Indiana Democratic Party created at and then visit to apply. 


***In-person voting will still occur but the locations, dates, and hours have been reduced. More information to come.*** 


***Please see our page with a list of ways to help with local efforts in response to COVID-19. Click here to visit the webpage.***


West Side Democratic Collaborative (WSDC) Online Candidate Forums
May 18th, 8:00 PM
and Zoom (*first 100 people):
Join the West Side Dems for three Candidate forums ahead of the June Primary. WSDC and Stonewall Democrats of South Central Indiana (SD-SCI) will co-host the State Senate Candidate forum.
Monday May, 18th, 8:00 PM - Indiana State Senate 40


Volunteer for Geoff Bradley
The Geoff Bradley for Monroe County Circuit Court Judge campaign is seeking out volunteers to help phonebank on behalf of Geoff ahead of the June 2nd Democratic Primary. Phonebanking will be a crucial method to getting out the vote throughout Monroe County, since canvassing has been delayed in light of COVID-19. If you are interested in phonebanking for the campaign, please contact Nick Belyayev at (317) 914-4337 and/or [email protected].
Volunteer for Trent Deckard
The Trent Deckard for County Council At-Large campaign is seeking out volunteers to help phonebank on behalf of Trent ahead of the June 2nd Democratic Primary. Phonebanking will be a crucial method to getting out the vote throughout Monroe County, since canvassing has been delayed in light of COVID-19. If you are interested in phonebanking for the campaign, please contact Nick Belyayev at (317) 914-4337 and/or [email protected]
Volunteer for Liam Dorris
Want to get Bernie's platform passed through Congress? Want to help support Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, overturning Citizens United, better pay, and so much more? Then come help get Liam Dorris elected to the House in Indiana's 9th District. We're running a holistic scrappy grassroots campaign and would love for you to come and join us! Reach out at [email protected]
Volunteer for Brandon Hood
Brandon Hood's campaign is seeking volunteers to help get out the vote to elect the most exciting candidate to replace Trey Hollingsworth. has the complete platform and contact form to get involved. Support the only local candidate who can flip this Red district Blue at!
Volunteer for Jeff Kehr
The Jeff Kehr for Judge campaign is hard at work, while seriously respecting the necessity of social distancing. If you would like to volunteer with our campaign, please send an email to [email protected]. To learn more about Kehr's experience and qualifications, please visit

Volunteer for Kara Krothe
If you are interested in volunteering to help elect Kara Krothe for Judge please contact us at [email protected] or visit to sign up.
Volunteer for Cheryl Munson
Cheryl Munson needs your help as she seeks re-election to an at-large seat on the Monroe County Council! If you would be interested in phone banking for Cheryl or hosting a yard sign, please contact Olivia Reed at [email protected]!

Volunteer for Andy Ruff
Volunteer with a candidate whose 20-year record as an elected official makes it clear that Andy has been fighting for fair wages, labor rights, universal healthcare, addressing climate change, and against unjust war and corporate greed for decades. Before universal healthcare was part of the popular national discourse, Andy sponsored resolutions supporting it. Before outrage over Citizens' United was so widespread, Andy sponsored a resolution opposing it. Andy is an experienced progressive legislator who listens closely, asks hard questions, and works with people of all perspectives to get things done. Help Andy take the voice of the people of the 9th District to Washington. If you are interested in volunteering, email [email protected] or visit and sign up there.

Volunteer for Dominic Thompson
If you are interested in volunteering for Dominic Thompson's campaign for Monroe County Council, please e-mail [email protected]. We are committed to having volunteers do things they find worthwhile and enjoy. If you want to canvass, phonebank, write postcards, Great! If you want to work on social media, photography, Great!

Volunteering for Shelli Yoder
If you are interested in volunteering to help get Shelli elected to the State Senate, please join our team by emailing Ashley Pirani at [email protected]. We have several ways for you to get involved. We'd love to have you join us!

Volunteer for John Zody
If you are interested in volunteering for John Zody's campaign for State Senate, please e-mail [email protected], or visit to sign up there.


City of Bloomington Commission Vacancies

The City of Bloomington Office of the City Clerk is accepting applications to fill vacated positions on several of the city’s commissions. Some of these vacancies, and the date the City Clerk’s office sent out press releases soliciting applicants, are listed below:

Animal Control Commission (5/9/19)

Commission on the Status of Women (10/18/19)

Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Commission (5/6/20)

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

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

Traffic Commission (5/6/20)

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 Governmental Boards and Commissions

The Monroe County Board of Commissioners invites you to apply to serve on a Board or Commission! There are immediate openings on a number of these bodies, including: Animal Management, Environmental Commission, and the Human Rights Commission. For information on each of them, see

The application is available here

If you have any questions, please contact Julie Thomas at [email protected]

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


The Indiana Democratic Party has a Municipal Monday Webinar series, and recordings of each of these webinars can be found here:

Programs they have covered include:

How to File For Office (Matthew Kochevar)
Campaign Finance (Anna Foster)
Social Media 101 (Trina Thomas)
Pre-Filing Questions / Campaign Goals (Katie Doyle)
Creating A Field Plan (Adi Ben-Yehoshua)
Fundraising 101 (Katie Doyle)
Creating A Campaign Message (Phil Johnson)
Communicating with Press and Media (Phil Johnson)
Municipal Finance (Oscar Gutierrez and Trish Whitcomb)
Building an Absentee Chase Program (Adi Ben-Yehoshua)
Filing Your Pre-Primary Finance Report (Anna Foster)
How To Use Early Vote/Election Day Data In VAN (Adi Ben-Yehoshua)
City Government Offices (Portia Bailey-Bernard).

MCDP “Four Freedoms Circle” Recurring Donors

Thank you to our Four Freedoms Circle donors who contribute monthly to MCDP! To make a donation and sign up for a recurring contribution, click here

“For the Millions” donors ($25/month)
Ruth Aydt
Dion Baker
Richard Bauman & Beverly Stoeltje
Nicole Browne
Jean Capler
Susan & Doug Davis
Trent Deckard & Kyla Cox Deckard
Penny Githens
Kaisa Goodman & Nico Sigler
David G. Henry
Don & Carol-Anne Hossler
Peter Iversen & Leah Sinn Iversen
Randy Jacobs
Jeff & Kim Kehr
Jessica McClellan
Tom Miller & Beth McManus
Ashley Pirani
Eric Schmitz
Fred Schultz
Sue Sgambelluri
Jacob Simpson
William Smith
Brad & Amy Swain
Christine Talley Haseman
Julie Thomas
Denise Valkyrie
Sue Wanzer & Melanie Payne
John Zody

“New Deal” donors ($50/month)
Lorraine Merriman Farrell
John Hamilton & Dawn Johnsen
Lee Jones
Judy Sharp
Jim & Doris Sims
Catherine & Larry Smith
Catherine Stafford
Mark Stoops
Shelli Yoder & Josh Perry

“Franklin and Eleanor” donors ($75/month)
Betsy Greene
Geoff McKim

“Safeguard of Democracy” donors ($100/month)
This GOP administration’s trampling of the tenets of our democracy makes this the ideal time to become a Safeguard of Democracy donor.