Senator Yoder to give halfway point legislative update at Roosevelt Reception

BLOOMINGTON – The Monroe County Democratic Party will hold its annual Roosevelt Reception on April 6, 2023, at the Monroe Convention Center at 302 South College Avenue in Bloomington from 6:00 p.m. until 8:45 p.m. Candidates’ Cocktail Hour and hors d’oeuvres will begin at 6:00 p.m. with the program beginning at 7 p.m. Individual tickets cost $45, student tickets are $20 and sponsorship starts at $250.

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In 2022, MCDP renamed the Spring event to honor not only the legacy of FDR’s founding of the modern Democratic Party but also Eleanor Roosevelt’s voice as a global citizen and fighter for human rights.

In 1950, the former First Lady visited Indiana University to make her case for the role of the citizen in global affairs. We honor that speech and her inspiration for everyday Hoosiers to pursue human rights for all.

Come meet the municipal candidates at the Candidate Cocktail Hour, where guests punch their cards with candidates and can win a chance for a door prize of locally-sourced Bloomington goodies.

The long session of the Indiana General Assembly hit its halfway point this month, and the constant assault from the Republicans on public schools, LGBTQIA+ rights, transgender children, labor rights, and environmental protections continues.

Matt Pierce

The Democratic delegation is hard at work, and having both Representative Matt Pierce and Senator Shelli Yoder in leadership helps keeps Bloomington’s voice leading the debate in our state.

In the House, Representative Matt Pierce has fought hard against deregulation and utility giveaways while defending academic freedom at the Kinsey Institute from attack from the Far Right.

Shelli Yoder

On the Senate side, while the news is equally grim, there may be green shoots as Senator Yoder has some news to share on her efforts to help senior citizens and women. Senator Yoder will share an update at the Roosevelt Reception.

Rosemary Ketchum

This year the keynote speaker is Rosemary Ketchum, a city councilor from Wheeling, WV, and a contemporary voice for rights and progress. Ketchum is the first Transgender woman elected to office in West Virginia.

David Henry

“The Roosevelt Reception has become Bloomington’s spring political event to gear up for the General election and to reassert our voice in state and national affairs,” said David Henry, Chair of Your Monroe County Democratic Party of Indiana. “We honor our sustaining donors to the Four Freedoms Circle and highlight good stories in our turbulent political times. This event helps build our Democratic #communityin23 by fueling our parade, event, festival, and outreach efforts. As we re-open a post-COVID Headquarters this Spring, your support will set up the groundwork we must do to win in 2024 and beyond.”

Sponsorships start at $250, with full tables at $1000.