April Link-Up and Endorsements Voting

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

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LINK-UP MARCH 5TH, 2015

Please join Democracy for Monroe County for an exciting and timely link-up on public transportation in Monroe County.

Our panelists are Kerry Conway (Director of Area 10 Agency on Aging, the provider of Rural Transit), Lew May (General Manager of Bloomington Transportation), and Kent McDaniel (executive director of the Indiana Transportation Association and chair of the Bloomington MPO).

Our panel will discuss existing services, possible expansion plans, and statewide funding issues related to public transportation.

Come join us for great conversation and (optionally) dinner and drinks at Bobby’s Colorado Steakhouse (1635 N College Ave, Bloomington IN 47404) from 6PM-7:30PM on Thursday, March 5, 2015.

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Link-Up February 5th, 2015

Come join us at Bobby’s Colorado Steakhouse on Thursday, 5 February 2015, at 6pm, as we explore the topic of Affordable Housing and Homelessness in Bloomington as an issue in the upcoming municipal elections.

We are interested in looking at the scope of the issue, how Bloomington is addressing the issue(s), and possible solutions or recommendations for dealing with this issue. Our three guest speakers will be Jennifer Osterholz (Executive Director of the Bloomington Housing Authority), Carmela Garcia (Manager of Re-store), Todd Lare (Executive Director- South Central Community Action Program). Come have a beer, dinner, salad bar, a glass of wine and stimulating conversation about real problems here in Bloomington.

Bobby’s is on North College Avenue, across from the park.

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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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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/

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Endorsements for 2014

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

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

Jim Mann for cheap jerseys 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 Indiana 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
Contribute to Val’s campaign via ActBlue here.

Al oneLED Manns for Monroe County Circuit Judge
Contribute to Al’s campaign via ActBlue here.

Michelle Bright for Benton Township Trustee
Contribute to Michelle’s campaign via ActBlue here.

Vicky Sorensen for Indian Creek  Township Trustee
Contribute to Vicky’s campaign Golf via ActBlue here.

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

Jack Davis for Perry Township Board
Contribute to Jack’s campaign via ActBlue wholesale jerseys here.

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

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

Tickets for the picnic are $10 per By person and $20 per family (one or two adults with ??????????? children cheap jerseys 17 and cheap NBA jerseys under). Tickets for all parts of this Amy 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 wholesale NBA jerseys RSVP for the picnic there: https://www.facebook.com/events/1448993128686589/

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