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Responses by our Endorsed Candidates to our 2018 Questionnaire

As part of DFMC’s Endorsement Process, we send all candidates Questionnaires for them to fill out and send back to us.  Their responses are then shared with our members. Click on the link below to read the responses of our Endorsed Candidates who are currently involved in contested primaries.

DFMC Endorsed Candidates Responses to the DFMC Candidate 2018 Questionnaire

After the Primary Election, we will post the responses of those Endorsed Candidates who have Republican opponents in the General Election.

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May Link-up: May Day and the Workers Project

In honor of May Day our May Link-up will be on May 1 instead of our usual first Thursday. Jobs with Justice is co-hosting this event.

Date: Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Upland Brewing Co. Reception Room – 350 W. 11th St

Our guest speaker will be Tom Lewendowski co-founder of the Workers Project in Fort Wayne Indiana. This project seeks to create a bond between union members and non-union members – workers of all stripes – white, Latino, black, Asian, undocumented, unemployed – and to organize them all into one community. Long before Trump came along with his bigoted fear mongering which pitted union workers against non-union workers, whites against people of color, and everyone against undocumented people, the Workers Project was working on the premise that they all are in the same boat and that, as Tom so colorfully put it, “if they’re f—d, we’re f—d.”

Free beer and hors d’oeurves will be served.

For more information about the Workers Project go to:
https://www.thenation.com/…/in-gop-country-a-small-labor-o…/
and
https://www.nytimes.com/…/american-working-class-future.html

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DFMC Candidate Endorsements


The members of Democracy For Monroe County met tonight at our April Link-up and voted to endorse the following candidates:

E. Thomasina Marsili for State Representative, District 46
Penny Githens for State Representative, District 60
Amy Swain for State Representative, District 62
Jared Stancombe for State Representative, District 65

Nicole Browne for County Clerk
Erika Oliphant for Prosecuting Attorney
Eric Schmitz for County Recorder
Brad Swain for Sheriff

Lee Jones for County Commissioner, District 1
Shelli Yoder for County Council, District 1
L. Kate Wiltz for County Council, District 2
Eric Spoonmoore for County Council, District 4

Chris Gaal for Circuit Court Judge, Division 6, Seat 2
Catherine Stafford for Circuit Court Judge, Division 6, Seat 3
Darcie Fawcett for Circuit Court Judge, Division 9, Seat 8

Michelle Bright for Benton Township Trustee
Kim Alexander for Bloomington Township Trustee

Congratulations to all of these candidates!

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April Link-up: Endorsements

In April of every election year, DFMC Members meet at our monthly Link-up to determine which candidates we will endorse.  This year we have an overabundance of good candidates, and in some of the contested primary races choosing which candidate to endorse will be difficult.  We may even end up remaining neutral.  What’s really great about our endorsement process is that, while the Endorsements Committee may make recommendations, you, the members, will make the final decision.

If you have joined before March 6, at 11:59 PM you are qualified to vote.  Non-members, however, are most welcome to attend.

Date: April 5, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
LocationCrazy Horse, 214 W. Kirkwood Ave

This past month, DFMC hosted three candidate forums. For one of them we partnered with the Monroe County Democratic Black Caucus.  You can watch them on CATS at the links below

County and Township Offices Forum

Justice Forum

Legislative Forum

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DFMC Legislative Forum

Our third and final Candidates Forum will feature the candidates for Indiana State House of Representatives whose districts intersect with Monroe County. These are E. Tomasina Marsili (District 46), Penny Githens (District 60), Matt Pierce (District 61), Amy Swain (District 62), and Jared Stancombe (District 65).

Date: Monday, March 26, 2018
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Location:  Bloomington City Council Chamber, 401 N. Morton St.

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Justice Forum

Join Democracy For Monroe County and the Monroe County Democratic Caucus for a forum featuring the candidates for Monroe County Sheriff, Prosecutor, and Circuit Court Judge (Division 2, Seat 2; Division 6, Seat 3; and Division 9, Seat 8).

Date: Monday, March 19, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Location: Monroe County Library Auditorium, 303 E Kirkwood Ave

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Democracy For Monroe County Democratic Candidates Forum

Join Democracy For Monroe County for the first of three Democratic Candidate Forums.  This one will feature the candidates for Township Trustee, County Assessor, County Clerk, County Recorder, County Council (Districts 1, 2, and 4), and County Commissioner (District 1).

Date: March 9, 2018
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: Bloomington City Council Chamber, 401 N. Morton St.

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DFMC July Link-up

Find out how Monroe County can win the nationwide $5m Georgetown Energy Prize competition! Innovation, scalability, replicability, and of course energy savings are topics of discussion. The Monroe County Energy Challenge is the perfect grass root effort to get behind and support. This is one link up where you can take what you learn over dinner and implement as soon as you head home!

Our confirmed speakers include:

Jacquie Bauer- City of Bloomington Sustainability Coordinator
Molly O’Donnel- Bloomington Commission of Sustainability
Amanda Figolah- Bloomington High School South
Nolan Henderson- City of Bloomington Utilities Conservation Manager

More information here: https://guep.org/

We will be at Bobby’s Colorado Steakhouse, at 1635 N. College Avenue in Bloomington, on Thursday, 2 July 2015, 6pm.

Remember we meet-and-greet from 6 to 6:30 as well as try and get any food and drink order in by then, at 6:30 the program begins. All are welcome to attend, have a beer, glass of wine or even water, dinner or fabulous salad bar and hang with Bloomington’s coolest progressives for a night

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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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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 Online! ask them questions, offer advice, and maybe find out why and education policy in Indiana for both K-12 and our Universities going forward is probably the most important issue wholesale nfl jerseys 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 Mask meet at cheap jerseys from China Bobby’s Colorado Steakhouse.  Come at to 6:00 PM to Up order food and talk with your fellow wholesale mlb jerseys progressives.  The program wholesale nfl jerseys will start at 6:30 Alfa PM.

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