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Barge Resigns As County Commissioner

Amanda Barge at a commissioner's meeting in 2018.

Barge will resign effective midnight on April 15. (Barbara Brosher, WFIU/WTIU News)

Monroe County Commissioner Amanda Barge resigned from her position Monday following allegations she sexually harassed a county contractor. 

"I have struggled mightily with this decision, and how to defend myself from allegations of sexual harassment in a way that is respectful of everyone involved," Barge said in a statement. "I feel strongly that an independent investigation and restorative-justice mediation would be appropriate, a full and fair process by which allegations can be evaluated."

A draft of the letter sent to media Monday originally said Barge planned to resign April 15. But, a revised final copy released later in the day said her resignation was effective immediately. 

Brandon Drake accused Barge of sexually harassing him for several months when he was working as an independent contractor for Monroe County. 

Barge suspended her campaign for Bloomington mayor in the wake of the allegations, but originally said she had no plans to resign as a county commissioner. 

But over the weekend, the county Democratic Party asked Barge to step down. Black Lives Matter Bloomington had also called on Barge to resign

While Barge suspended her mayoral campaign, she could still win the primary. The Democratic Party asked her to clarify that she will not accept the nomination if she gets the most votes, but Barge did not address that in her resignation letter.

The local Democratic party will caucus to select her replacement for the vacant commissioner seat. 

Resignation Letter From Amanda Barge by Indiana Public Media News on Scribd

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