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.
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.”
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!
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
Location: Crazy 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
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.
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
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.
For our March Link-up on March 1, we will be joining Indiana Coalition for Public Education–Monroe County for a free, ticketed screening of the acclaimed documentary, Backpack Full of Cash.
Narrated by Matt Damon, this feature-length documentary explores the growing privatization of public schools and the resulting impact on America’s most vulnerable children. Filmed in Philadelphia, New Orleans, Nashville, and other cities, Backpack Full of Cash takes viewers through the tumultuous 2013–14 school year, exposing the world of corporate-driven education “reform” where public education—starved of resources—hangs in the balance.
This is a ticketed event, so, to get your FREE ticket go to the Event Page and click on the green Register Button. Seating is limited for this event (as of this writing there are only 41 tickets left), so be sure to reserve your ticket soon.
February 1, 2018, 6:00 PM
Monroe County Public Library, Room 2A
Come hear a power point presentation by Board Member Chaim Julian about wage theft, a crime that is constantly under the radar. The presentation will be followed by a discussion with Liz Feitl, the AFL-CIO Community Service Liaison,with United Way of Monroe County. This crime is one that people do not talk about, but we need to talk about it and Liz has been on the front line dealing with this in our community. This topic is especially timely, because if the US Chamber of Commerce and its allies get their way in front of the US Supreme Court wage theft could become rampant throughout the country.
Prior to the program DFMC Members will elect DFMC Officers and Board of Directors
You are invited to join us once again at the Runnin Crab for our next Democracy for Monroe County Link-up on July 13, at 6:00 PM. With health care on the radar for so many concerned citizens, we will be showing Michael Moore’s 2007 documentary “Sicko” which documents the tremendous advantages of a single-payer health care system.
While we are fighting against the death-care legislation that is currently moving through Congress, it’s important to remember that defeating it is not enough. The Affordable Healthcare Act (AKA Obamacare) may have been a big step in improving healthcare in America, but it was not nearly enough. Even without all the efforts to sabotage the program, it still left millions either uninsured or under-insured. As a result, more and more people have come to realize that Medicare for ALL is really the only way to go.
So, even if you’ve already seen “Sicko,” come on over and enjoy some good Cajun seafood and a movie with your favorite local progressives. Call it an important reminder of why America needs to join the rest of the Western World in providing universal healthcare. It’s time to spread the word and act! Special announcement of upcoming events will be made. Venue is kid friendly so bring the whole crew! Let us know you’re coming! Facebook Event Link: July Link-Up-Sicko the Movie
LOCATION: ***** Runnin Crab, 2038 N. Walnut ******
DATE: 13 July 2017
TIME: 6:00 to 8:00 PM
Runnin Crab is a new restaurant in town serving Cajun Fusion. While it is mainly seafood, they have vegetable soup and a very good salad bar for vegetarians. And they serve beer and wine, yahoo yahoo. Runnin Crab is on the east side of Walnut just south of 24th Street (the bypass). It is the next restaurant north of La Charreada restaurant.