March 8th, 2018:
Lorraine Merriman Farrell
Treasurer: Joshua Radicke
I am excited to announce that I am running for Monroe County Prosecutor in the Democratic primary on May 8, 2018. I am an experienced prosecutor, with over eight years of service in Monroe County, committed to community safety, compassionate justice, and constitutional values.
When I moved to Bloomington, over 18 years ago, I immediately felt at home. I’d finally come to a community with rich cultural diversity, world-class entertainment, excellent hiking, and small-town charm. Three years ago, after renting in Bloomington for years, I purchased my first home in a peaceful neighborhood west of Bloomington. I enjoy living in a safe community, where my neighbors and I can thrive. I am committed to protecting our safety.
Tomi and Jim Allison
Angela and Herb Caldwell
Kyla Cox Deckard
* Erika Oliphant is supported by the Democratic Women's Caucus and the Monroe County Black Democratic Caucus. She is endorsed by Democracy for Monroe County.
In order to promote and protect community safety, the Monroe County Prosecutor’s Office must reserve incarceration for those violent offenders who pose the greatest threat to our personal and financial security. However, a prosecutor has an ethical duty to consider, and where appropriate, develop alternatives to incarceration that serve the goals of the criminal justice system. Overwhelming evidence shows that risk-based treatment programs reduce recidivism (the tendency of a convicted criminal to reoffend) dramatically. Having served as the prosecutor representative on the Monroe County Drug Treatment Court Program and Veteran’s Treatment Court Program teams, I have studied the best practices for alternative sentencing and diversion programs. I’ve witnessed firsthand the positive impact these programs have made on the lives of individuals suffering from addiction or mental illness. Where appropriate, I intend to continue to explore such programs as your Prosecutor.
While I was a student at the Maurer School of Law, I fell in love with constitutional law. Our republic often falls short of the commitments within our founding documents of equality and fairness. However, I am determined, as a government attorney, to fight for those principles. I take my ethical obligation to strive to eliminate implicit biases and disparity very seriously.
I am a zealous advocate for justice. I have the experience necessary to ensure community safety while protecting the rights of all citizens. I hope to have your vote in the Democratic primary on May 8th. I am ready to be your Prosecutor.
Sheila and Joel Hearth
Stephanie and Josh Johnson