Last night, primary election candidates waited eagerly to see if they would receive their party's nomination for the general election come this fall. With a number of races being close calls, there was much anticipation as the votes were counted. After a final count, the following candidates have won their party's nomination. If you're still interested in learning more about the candidates, click on their title of office to read their bio. Congratulations to the following winners!
U.S. House of Representatives, District 9
To help you get a better understanding of who the Monroe County Sheriff Candidates are and what their goals are if elected to office, the Chamber has constructed an easy-to-read chart with highlights from candidates' responses to a questionnaire sent out in March. Respondents were asked which three challenges were a top priority for them and how they plan to address those challenges next term.
If you would like to read their full responses, follow this link to the Chamber's Sheriff Candidate's page.
Thank you to all of the candidates for taking the time to fill out this survey. If you are interested in learning more about the other candidates, head over to the Chamber's 2022 Primary Election page to read more about those vying for party nominations.
Earlier this month, the Monroe County Black Democratic Caucus and the Indiana Latino Democratic Caucus, 9th District hosted two candidate forums at the Bloomington City Council Chambers. Candidates who were in-person for this event were eager to share how their backgrounds and experiences make them uniquely qualified for office. If you missed this or would like to learn more about the candidates before you vote early, please follow the links attached to the office titles below.
Recorder (Link to Youtube)
Remember, early voting is now taking place at the Old NAPA building at 302 S Walnut St, Bloomington, IN 47401 from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. If you need any additional information on early voting or voting on election day, follow this link to the Monroe County Election Central. Thank you to the Monroe County Black Caucus and the Indiana Latino Democratic Caucus, 9th District for hosting this event!
Early voting for the primary election begins next Tuesday, April 5th!
If you have not registered to vote, there is still time to do so with voter registration ending on April 4th. Follow this link to register to vote, check your voter status, or update your registration information on the Indiana Voter Portal website. Hard copies can be found here with instructions on where to return applications. Remember to have your Indiana driver's license or state ID handy, so that all of the same information matches when you go to vote.
Below are the following dates and times for early voting at Monroe County's Elections Operations site,
302 S Walnut St, Bloomington, IN 47401. On May 3rd, the official primary election day, voters are able to go to their assigned polling sites from 6:00 am - 6:00 pm, these sites can be found on the same website used above.
If you need any other additional information on primary elections, go to the Monroe County Government Election Central website here.
Penny Githens, a Democrat who currently serves on the Monroe County Board of Commissioners, has announced her candidacy for the Indiana House of Representatives in District 62.
The redrawn District 62 will be an open seat. Current Rep. Jeff Ellington, a Republican, announced plans to move and run in District 45 next year. Republican Dave Hall, a Jackson County resident, also is running for the District 62 seat.
District 62 covers portions of Monroe, Jackson and Brown counties.
Four Candidate Statement and Exploratory Committee Designation documents have been filed with the Indiana Election Commission for seats in the 2022 Monroe County elections. These filings reflect a candidate's interest in running for public office, and mark the beginning of the campaign process. To learn more about these four candidates, please read below:
Ashley Cranor (D): Recorder. Cranor is the Chief Deputy Recorder for Monroe County. She also serves as vice chair of the county's Board of Health. She previously held numerous positions within Monroe County government.
Peter Iversen (D): County Council Representative for District 1. Iversen is seeking reelection for his current role as Council Representative. In addition to holding public office, he also serves as the Associate Director of Development for IU's School of Public Health.
Ruben Marté (D): Monroe County Sheriff. In May of this year, Marté was recognized by the Indiana State Police Department for his 30 years of service. He currently holds the rank of Captain and is the Department's first Diversity and Inclusion Officer.
Nathan Williamson (R): Monroe County Sheriff. Williamson currently serves as Sergeant for the Monroe County Sheriff's Department.
For more information on the timeline for the 2022 elections, follow this link.
If you have not yet registered to vote, follow this link to the Monroe County Government Election Central website.
Congratulations to the candidates who prevailed on Nov. 3 and thanks to everyone who put themselves out there to run, especially at the local and state levels. Below is a list of candidates who prevailed in the election.
For more detailed results in Monroe County, click here for the cumulative report. Or check the Indiana Election Division site for statewide results.
The City of Bloomington is offering free Election Day parking on its downtown metered spots and garages. City offices will be closed.
On Tuesday, Nov. 3, polls are open from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. Go to the Indiana Voter Portal to find your polling location.
Update: Find Monroe County election results here. Statewide results will be posted on the Indiana Election Division results site.
NOTE: This "It's Your Business" column by Chamber CEO Erin Predmore was published in the Oct. 9, 2020 Bloomington Herald-Times.
This year, the presidential election is sucking all the oxygen out of the room as we head toward Nov. 3. It’s certainly a crucial race and not just for the business community.
But here’s the thing: While presidential candidates receive much-deserved attention and scrutiny, many of the down-ballot races go virtually unnoticed. How many times in the past have you filled out your ballot and wondered: “Who the heck are these people?”
The candidates we elect for local and state offices have a direct impact on our daily lives. They make decisions that impact businesses, nonprofits, educational institutions and individuals. They decide how our tax dollars are spent. They make policies and regulations that affect how your business can operate and whether you can thrive. They hire and oversee our school superintendents. They determine how laws are applied. And most of them do this in relative anonymity.
The Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce is working to help our members and others in the community be more informed voters. We’ve launched an online, nonpartisan guide for elected positions that represent all or parts of Monroe County. Please check it out at ChamberBloomington.org/2020-general-election.
The 2020 General Election is on Tuesday, Nov. 3. In addition to the race for U.S. President, many candidates are running for local, state and federal office. To help voters navigate their options, the Chamber has launched a nonpartisan resource guide for elected positions that represent all or parts of Monroe County.
In addition to general resources about the voting process, the site includes information about candidates for U.S. Congress District 9, Indiana Senate and House of Representatives, Monroe County Council and Commission, Monroe County Circuit Court, other Monroe County elected offices, and the school boards for Monroe County Community School Corp. and Richland-Bean Blossom Schools.
Not sure who's on your ballot? Go to the League of Women Voters Vote411 site, enter your address and get a listing. Or search for your ballot on the Indiana Voter Portal by clicking the "Who's On The Ballot" link.