Written from press release:
Party will host public candidate forum and open-door caucus to fill vacancy
BLOOMINGTON, IN – February 10, 2024
The Monroe County Democratic Party (MCDP) announced that it will convene an open-door caucus to fill the pro tempore vacancy for the position of Bloomington Common Councilperson, District 5. The event is scheduled to take place on March 2, 2024, beginning at 1:00 PM, at Bloomington City Hall located at 401 N. Morton St, Bloomington, IN 47404.
The office of Bloomington Common Councilperson in District 5 became vacant on February 7, 2024. According to Indiana Code, the responsibility to fill such vacancies falls on the political party that nominated the officeholder. Eligible, duly elected, or appointed precinct committeepersons in District 5 for the Democratic Party are mandated to caucus and determine the temporary appointee to serve the remainder of the term.
The public is invited to attend the caucus, which will be a transparent process with media availability for candidates vying for the vacant position. Eligible candidates interested in seeking the seat must submit a statement of interest to the Monroe County Democratic Party for review by the District 5 Precinct Committee. To qualify for the caucus, candidates must file the necessary paperwork with the MCDP by Wednesday, February 28, 2024, at 2:00 PM.
Prior to the caucus, the MCDP will organize a public candidate forum at the Monroe County Public Library Auditorium on February 24, 2024, starting at 2:00 PM. The forum aims to provide an opportunity for candidates to present their visions for District 5, and questions from residents will be prioritized for consideration.
David G. Henry, Chair of the MCDP, emphasized the democratic and representative nature of the process. “The responsibility to fill this seat falls squarely on the party. This is a representative, democratic process. It is also a completely new election, with new candidates with competing visions for their District,” Henry said. “Filling office vacancies, while rare, is a well-established practice under Indiana Code.”