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Monroe County voters elect County Council members Wiltz, Hawk and Crossley


Voters elected Kate Wiltz, Martha Hawk and Jennifer Crossley to the Monroe County Council Tuesday night. The council, made up of seven members, creates the creates the budget, fixes tax rates and appropriates funds for the county.  

District 2 

Democrat Kate Wiltz has been re-elected to the Monroe County Council to represent District 2 after running unopposed.  

Wiltz serves as president of the council and works with IU’s Indiana Institute on Disability and Community as a research associate. Wiltz has been on the council since 2018.  

In a statement on the IIDC website, Wiltz said she is passionate about amplifying the voices of marginalized communities. 

District 3 

Republican Martha Hawk has been re-elected to the Monroe County Council to represent District 3 after running unopposed. 

Hawk has served on the council on and off since 1988. She is the only Republican on the council and works as a real estate broker.  

Some of Hawks’ accomplishments include setting a standard system for determining the salaries of county employees and supporting the Youth Services Bureau of Monroe County, according to the Herald-Times. 

District 4 

Democrat Jennifer Crossley has been re-elected to the Monroe County Council to represent District 4 after running unopposed. 

Crossley was appointed to the council in December 2021, becoming the first Black woman to serve on the council. Before her appointment, Crossley was the chair of the Monroe County Democratic Party for two years.  

In 2021, Crossley told the Herald-Times one of her priorities was helping the unhoused community by providing a permanent low-barrier shelter for the winter. Crossley volunteers at the Shalom Center, is a member of the Bloomington chapter of Moms Demand Action and the NAACP and serves on the Monroe County Black Democratic Caucus. 

All seats for Monroe County Council have not been called yet; the IDS will update this story when more election results become available. 

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