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Monroe County Democratic Party Calls On Barge To Resign As Commissioner

Amanda Barge

Barge has denied the allegations, but suspended her campaign for Bloomington mayor. (Barbara Brosher, WFIU/WTIU News)

The Monroe County Democratic Party is calling on Monroe County Commissioner Amanda Barge to resign in the wake of sexual harassment allegations. 

Brandon Drake accused Barge of repeatedly hitting on him when he was working as an independent contractor for the county. He provided text messages, emails and recordings to the Indiana Daily Student, which published a report detailing the allegations. 

In a press release sent Sunday, the county's Democratic Party says Barge's alleged actions are incompatible with public office and the party's platform.

"As we have done in the past, the Monroe County Democratic Party will continue to speak up for the voiceless and defend the marginalized and vulnerable in our community by holding those in power accountable," the release says. 

In addition to resigning, the party is also asking Barge to clarify that she will not accept the nomination for Bloomington mayor if she gets enough votes in the primary. While Barge suspended her mayoral campaign in the wake of the allegations, she could still win the primary

Barge has repeatedly denied the sexual harassment allegations and has said she does not plan to resign as commissioner. 

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