This page provides information about candidates in competitive May 3 primary races for the Monroe County Commissioners. The board of county commissioners in Indiana counties has three members. They represent three different geographic districts of the county. A commissioner representing any one of the geographic districts has to live in the district. However, all Monroe County voters elect each of the three the commissioners.
For 2022, District 1 is the open seat which covers the western part of the county. The incumbent Lee Jones is running for re-election and will compete in the May 3, 2022 Democratic Party primary with Dominic Thompson for their party’s nomination.
County Commissioner Democrat Primary Debate
The lone Republican running for county commissioner District 1 is Perry Robinson. He’ll face either Jones or Thompson in the Nov. 8, 2022 general election.
Lee Jones (D)
Lee Jones, the incumbent county commissioner for District 1, was elected in 2018 . When Jones won the county commissioner’s race it required her to vacate the at-large county council seat, which she was re-elected in 2016. Jones runs Stranger’s Hill Organics, a business she founded in 1983 with her husband, Dale. She grew up in Bloomington, attended Bloomington High School, and earned an undergraduate degree in biology at Indiana University. At the Southern Indiana Area Labor Federation candidate forum held on March 28, Jones said she wanted to restart the work on three projects that had been put off during the COVID-19 pandemic: criminal justice reform, protection of Lake Monroe as the community’s water source; and finishing the plan for the urbanized areas outside of Bloomington.
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Dominic Thompson (D)
Dominic Thompson has served as chair of Bloomington’s board of housing quality appeals for the last three years. He is a recent appointee to Monroe County’s affordable housing commission. He would be the first LGBTQ+ county commissioner in the state of Indiana. Thompson has an undergraduate degree in law and public policy from Indiana University. Thompson ran for one of the three large county council seats in 2020, placing fourth in a field of five. Thompson works for Trilogy Health Services. The priorities that Thompson lists out on his campaign website include: working with developers to create affordable housing in the unincorporated part of the county; investing in economic development focused on sustainability, and strengthening the relationship between the city of Bloomington and Monroe County government.