Democracy for Monroe County would like to invite all local voters to meet this year’s democratic primary election candidates! Our second session of debates takes place Tuesday, March 29th. You may also submit questions for the moderators to ask of the candidates. Click here to learn more. Our first evening of debates on March 21 was a great success in bringing together candidates and community members. We hope you will join us on the 29th!
The following members have declared their candidacy for Office and Board of Democracy for Monroe County. This is the ballot that will be printed, but write-in and last-minute candidacies are still allowed. Anyone may choose to run for Office or Board at any time before the election at the Linkup on Thursday. We will leave spaces for such write-in candidates.
Absentee Voting is now CLOSED.
Officers (vote for no more than one each)
- Robert Deppert
- Chaim Julian
- Larry Barker
- Mike Drescher
- Scott Wells
DFMC Board (Vote for no more than 12.)
(You should also cast a vote here for any candidates you selected above, in the event that they do not win office but still wish to serve on the Board.)
- Andrea Haynes Avery
- James Avery
- Larry Barker
- Robert Deppert
- Mike Drescher
- Rita Drescher
- Tom Duffy
- Kevin Easton
- Trohn Enright-Randolph
- Kaisa Goodman
- Shawn Harris
- Mark Hazelbaker
- Maryll Jones
- Chaim Julian
- Carole Scifres
- Scott Wells
Join DFMC on January 7th as we elect new officers and Board members
- If you are interested in running for Chair, you must have been a dues-paying member of DFMC for two years.
- If you are interested in running for Vice-Chair, Treasurer, or Secretary, you must have been a dues-paying member of DFMC for one year.
- If you are interested in running for the board, you must be a current member.
You must notify the board of your intent to run by 5:00 PM on Wednesday, 06 January 2016, for your name to appear on the ballot. Please send an email to email@example.com announcing your intention by this date and time. We will leave spaces on the ballot for late-filing and write-in candidates.
On Thursday the 7th, at the LinkUp, we will distribute ballots to current members. (New members must have paid their dues by 08 December 2015, and current members must renew their dues for 2016 by the 7th of January before the Linkup, to be eligible to vote.) As a candidate, you will be allowed three minutes to “campaign” or make your case at the January board meeting. We will allow five minutes for questions and answers. After all candidates have had the opportunity to speak and respond to questions, ballots will be collected and counted by board members not currently running for DFMC Office.
Since we allowed for absentee voting on endorsements earlier this year, we will continue that practice for 2016 Officer and Board elections. Absentee votes must be received via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by noon on Thursday January 7th in order to be counted. A follow-up email will be sent Wednesday evening with a list of all declared candidates for Office and Board.
As usual, we meet at 6pm to order food and drinks, and will begin our program about 6:30, at Bobby’s Colorado Steakhouse on North College Avenue.
Please join DFMC on December 3rd, 2015, in welcoming author and political historian Gar Alperovitz for a presentation, “Transforming Bloomington’s Economy: Community Wealth in the Age of Cooperation”.
This event will not be at our usual location. We will be in the Bloomington City Council Chambers, 401 N. Morton St., at 6:30 pm. RSVP on Facebook, or just come join us!
There is evidence that we are in the midst of a systemic crisis, not simply an economic and political crisis. The current system is characterized by stagnant wages, endemic poverty, looming ecological crises, and growing inequality. How can these outcomes be changed, starting in our own communities? Ultimately the question is how to develop a “next system”—beyond traditional corporate capitalism and state socialism—and how to develop practical and meaningful stages of development that lay groundwork for a longer term historic transformation. They are questions both of theory and of immediate practice—e.g. politics, institution-building, strategy at all levels from neighborhood and community to state, region and nation.
Gar Alperovitz has had a distinguished career as a historian, political economist, activist, writer, and government official. For fifteen years, he served as the Lionel R. Bauman Professor of Political Economy at the University of Maryland, and is a former Fellow of Kings College, Cambridge University; Harvard’s Institute of Politics; the Institute for Policy Studies; and a Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution.
He is the author of critically acclaimed books on the atomic bomb and atomic diplomacy and his articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, the New Republic, The Nation, and the Atlantic among other popular and academic publications. He has been profiled by the New York Times, the Associated Press, People, UPI and Mother Jones and has been a guest on numerous network TV and cable news programs, including “Meet the Press,” “Larry King Live,” “The Charlie Rose Show,” “Cross Fire,” and “the O’Reilly Factor.”
He will also be giving a public lecture, “The Next American Revolution”, in the Tudor Room of the Indiana Memorial Union, on Friday, 4 December, at 1pm. More information is available here: http://themester.indiana.edu/calendar.shtml#overlay/2/
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:
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
Democracy for Monroe County is excited to bring Sam Pizzigati to speak in Bloomington on Friday, May 1. Pizzigati is currently an associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, a progressive think tank in Washington, D.C., and is editor of Too Much, an online magazine. His writings on income inequality have been published in major newspapers, magazines and journals. He will speak at Indiana University School of Education auditorium at 7 p.m. and it is open to the public. The title of his speech is, “Minimum Wage, Maximum Wage: New Paths to a More Equal America.”
His latest book, The Rich Don’t Always Win, will be available for purchase.
There is easy parking for the event in the Jordan Street Parking Garage.
RSVP on Facebook here.
Those wishing to sponsor this event can do so on this page.
Governor Howard Dean will be in Bloomington this Wednesday, 22 April 2015, to announce the DFA endorsement of John Hamilton for Mayor of Bloomington. This will take place at 1pm on the Courthouse Square.
Democracy for Monroe County is pleased to announce our April 2015 Link-Up, to take place on 9 April 2015, 6pm, at Bobby’s Colorado Steakhouse, on North College Avenue in Bloomington.
This is the Link-Up at which we will be voting on endorsements of candidates in the 2015 Bloomington municipal election. All members in good standing are eligible to vote on endorsements. “Good standing” means that you have paid your year-2015 dues of $20 on or before 10 March 2015.
All candidates who have chosen to seek our endorsement have submitted responses to several questions. Those responses are attached to this post. DFMC members are encouraged to read over these responses before attending the Link-Up. In addition, our endorsements committee will deliver their report at the Link-Up, which will include any recommendations that they have made.
We are also offering the option of voting early for endorsements this year, for the first time ever. Current members will receive an email explaining the rules of early-voting. However, we encourage members to attend the meeting and cast your votes at that time, after hearing the report of the committee, so that you may make a fully-informed decision. Those who know that they will be unable to attend may cast their votes between 8am on Monday and 11:59pm on Wednesday. (Details on submitting your vote will be in the email that you should receive soon.)
Please join us! If you are on Facebook, please click here and submit your RSVP so we know to expect you.
Candidate responses are here: Candidates-responses-2015
This is the second and final Forum that DFMC will be hosting this Primary Election Season. It will feature the candidates for City Council from Districts 1, 3, 4, and 5.
Please join us on Tuesday, 31 March, 7-9pm, in the Bloomington City Council Chambers.
If you are on Facebook, please let us know you will be coming.