Eric Schmitz Selected as the 2014 Sophia Travis Grassroots Champion

eric schmitzDemocracy For Monroe County’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Eric Schmitz, the Democratic Candidate for Monroe County Recorder, has been selected as the 2014 Sophia Travis Grassroots Champion.  Eric was inspired to become politically active by Howard Dean  and led the Dean For America Campaign here in Monroe County when the former Vermont governor ran for President in 2003-2004   When Dean’s campaign came to a close in March of 2004 and Dean For America changed to Democracy For America, Eric was a founding member of Democracy For Monroe County, DFA’s local affiliate.  Since then Eric has worked hard for DFMC, serving as Chairman, Treasurer, and internet host.  While Chairman of DFMC, Eric led the host team that brought DFA’s nationally-known Campaign Academy to Bloomington. Eric has also worked with the Monroe County Democratic Party in both official and unofficial capacities.  For a number of election cycles he coordinated the operations that got candidates’ yard signs out to the polls on Election Day, a difficult and somewhat thankless job.  He also served as Deputy Chair in charge of the Party’s technology. For more information about Eric visit his campaign website at http://ericschmitz.com/.

What Is The Sophia Travis Grassroots Champion Award?  The late and much-loved Sophia Travis was a stellar example of progressive grassroots activism. She was also a strong supporter of Democracy For Monroe County and our mission.  In 2012, the Board of Directors decided to elevate one candidate who also exemplifies that trait, much as Democracy For America elevates certain candidates to the Dean Dozen; and they felt natural to name that award after Sophia with her husband Greg’s permission.

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October 2014 Link-Up – The Bloomingfoods Organizing Campaign and the Importance of Neutrality Agreements

UFCW Organizing Director, Scott Barnett, will be our guest to discuss their current organizing campaign at Bloomingfoods as well as the importance of neutrality from the co-op board and management. We are also going to ask Scott to address what would need to happen to try and organize the future health food competitors moving into Bloomington over the next year, and discuss whether the unanimously-passed resolution though our city council in support of the right to organize might be used as leverage in this process.

Please join us at the Colorado Steakhouse, 1635 N. College Ave., Bloomington Indiana, on Thursday, 2 October 2014, at 6pm.

See more, and RSVP, on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/648880988565433/

Endorsements for 2014

Democracy for Monroe County is proud to announce our list of endorsed candidates for the 2014 General Election!

Daymon Brodhacker for Indiana State Representative, District 60
Contribute to Daymon’s campaign via ActBlue here.

Jim Mann for Indiana State Representative, District 46
Contribute to Jim’s campaign via ActBlue here.

Jeff Sparks for Indiana State Representative, District 62
Contribute to Jeff’s campaign via ActBlue here.

Eric Schmitz for Monroe County Recorder
Contribute to Eric’s campaign via ActBlue here.

Brad Swain for Monroe County Sheriff
Contribute to Brad’s campaign via ActBlue here.

Shelli Yoder for Monroe County Council, District 1
Contribute to Shelli’s campaign via ActBlue here.

Rick Dietz for Monroe County Council, District 4
Contribute to Rick’s campaign via ActBlue here.

Val Haughton for Monroe County Circuit Judge
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Al Manns for Monroe County Circuit Judge
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Michelle Bright for Benton Township Trustee
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Vicky Sorensen for Indian Creek  Township Trustee
Contribute to Vicky’s campaign via ActBlue here.

Donn Hall for Salt Creek Township Trustee
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Jack Davis for Perry Township Board
Contribute to Jack’s campaign via ActBlue here.

Candidates listed in bold received enough votes in our endorsements process to qualify for our special Sophia Travis Grassroots Champion Endorsement. Our membership will vote on who will receive this special award at our next Link-Up, on October 2, 2014.

DFMC September Link-up – Indiana Education in the Balance

We have three candidates running for State Representative in districts that include parts of Monroe County, that are educators, Jim Mann, Jeff Sparks, and Daymon Brodhacker. Come  enjoy meeting them and ask them questions, offer advice, and maybe find out why education policy in Indiana for both K-12 and our Universities going forward is probably the most important issue to be decided by this election. Daymon Brodhacker, unfortunately has a conflict and will be unable to attend, but both Jim Mann and Jeff Sparks will be there.

As usual we will meet at Bobby’s Colorado Steakhouse.  Come at 6:00 PM to order food and talk with your fellow progressives.  The program will start at 6:30 PM.

Fifth Annual Democracy For Monroe County Picnic and Golf Tournament

Get out your frisbees and start practicing for the Fifth Annual Democracy For Monroe County Picnic and Golf Tournament, Sunday September 14, 2pm, at Karst Farm Park Shelter #4. Enjoy good food, good music, and good friends while helping to support Democracy for Monroe County (DFMC) in its mission to recruit, train, and support fiscally responsible and socially progressive candidates at the local and state levels.

The Disk Golf tournament is $10 to enter, and the winner will receive a $100 BloomingBucks certificate, redeemable at many of our fine local establishments!

This year, being the 10th anniversary year of our organization, we are adding a Dean Scream Contest to the fun. Contest entry is $5.

Tickets for the picnic are $10 per person and $20 per family (one or two adults with children 17 and under). Tickets for all parts of this event can be purchased from any DFMC Board member, or through ActBlue at this link, or at the picnic itself.

If you are on Facebook, we also encourage you to RSVP for the picnic there: https://www.facebook.com/events/1448993128686589/