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Jessica Bailey: Porter County Clerk
 
The Porter County Clerk’s Office is one of the busiest offices and one of the best kept secrets of County Government. When a person hears of the Clerk, they often don’t know what that means or the volume of work that is conducted within the office. The Porter County Clerk is not only in charge of the Elections, this position is also responsible for the Court work for all six Porter County Courts. If you are looking to pay a traffic ticket, need documents for your Real ID, or are looking to pay child support, all of those tasks can be done at the Clerk’s Office.
 

In her first term as Porter County Clerk, Jessica Bailey has had a hand in monumental changes for both offices she leads. Currently serving as Vice President of the Indiana Clerks Association and on the Legislative Committee, Jessica ensures that Porter County is represented when important decisions are being made throughout the state. Jessica has expanded the ability to pay Child Support to all three Courthouses in Porter County. This move makes it more convenient for non-custodial parents to pay child support, thus making it easier for custodial parents to receive Child Support.
 

In addition, the Clerk’s office has been working to locate and house all documents in a central location. These efforts will allow the newly created Archiving Department to clean, research and digitize old records for historical and genealogical purposes. This endeavor has made it possible to partner with local organizations and educational institutions to offer volunteer projects to the community.
 

A primary focus of the Clerk’s responsibility is Elections. In 2019, Clerk Bailey worked with state and local officials to give elections in Porter County a complete facelift. This included purchasing entirely new equipment. This equipment allows for electronic poll books at each voting location, a high-speed counter for the Central Counting of Absentee Ballots, and new marking and tabulating devices to ensure ADA accessibility. The Porter County Board of Elections & Registration was created in mid-2019. This combined board allows all Voter Registration and Elections related business to be completed in the same office. This change creates ease of access to information and consistency in the way elections are conducted in Porter County.


In 2020 the pandemic created chaos for everyone, and the Elections & Registration Office was not excluded. With an unprecedented number of voters, the office developed outside of the box initiatives to ensure the elections in Porter County were safe and secure for every voter. Under Clerk Bailey’s leadership the office partnered with Family Express and enabled voters to have a contactless voting experience during Early Vote and on Election Day. Voters used wax papers as barriers between themselves and each surface they needed to touch while casting their vote. In addition, 2020 was also the introduction of the Porter County VoteMobile. This multi-purpose vehicle traveled to locations not directly served by Early Voting sites in an effort to provide additional opportunities for Porter County voters to cast their vote in person and reduce the volume of people at the traditional sites. This vehicle was also instrumental in the transporting of supplies to and from the locations. Jessica believes that there is always room for improvement so during 2021 the Directors of the office and Clerk Bailey worked with Porter County’s election vendor to educate themselves on the Election Coding process. By learning this technique, Porter County will be more efficient in the election process. 

 

There is never a dull day in the work life of Jessica Bailey. Entering 2022 marked a new project, establishing Porter County as a Vote Center County. Porter County became a Vote Center in late February with unanimous approval from the Board of Elections & Registration, County Commissioners, and the County Council. This change in status means that the voters of Porter County will now have a consistent way to vote. During the 28 days before the election, known as Early Vote, the voters are permitted to go to any Early Vote Site and cast their vote. Then traditionally on Election Day a voter was forced to go to one location to cast their vote. That is what will now change. Moving forward, beginning with the Primary Election of 2022, on Election Day the voters will have the flexibility to go to any of the 44 Election Day Vote Centers and cast their vote.  This new system will create a more convenient and accessible way to vote in Porter County. 

       
Porter County Democrats
 
Early Voting in Porter County

April 5 - May 2

Brendan Clancy
 Portage Township Trustee
 
Brendan Clancy’s passion, commitment, and compassion for his community have been apparent through his years of public service. Since taking office as the Portage Township Trustee in 2011, Brendan’s accomplishments are many.
 

One of the three largest Townships in Northern Indiana, and one of over one thousand township offices in the state, Trustee Clancy oversees the Township’s South Haven Fire & EMS Department, the Senior & Community Center, Cemetery Department, Portage Township Department of Park & Recreation, and Township Assistance. 
 

"Township government is important because it’s the government that is closest to the people and the easiest to access,” states Clancy. What matters most to Trustee Clancy is providing access for emergency assistance to those in need, as well as, aiding in preserving Portage’s history, offering opportunities for healthy outdoor recreation, serving the community’s seniors, children, and families, and keeping Portage Township residents informed and safe. 
 

Trustee Clancy’s accomplishments include:

  • New building construction: (1) Portage Township Department of Parks and Recreation Administration/Maintenance Building, (2) Portage Township Cemetery Administration/Maintenance Building, and (3) Portage Township Community Services Building with state-of-the-art community Food Pantry.

  • Senior & Community Center building expansion and growth in services and programs.

  • South Haven Fire & EMS Department building renovation, and equipment and apparatus upgrades.

  • Installation of community Wayfinding and park signage as well as significant improvements to park grounds, amenities, and ballfields.

  • Development of Community Outreach, Marketing, and Grant-writing initiatives.

  • Implementation of new assistance programs including Service Dog Awareness Program, 211 Awareness Program, and most recently the Portage Township Autism Action Coalition (a collaboration with township first responders to bring awareness to and address the need to defuse fear and anxiety and communicate with children/adults on the spectrum during an emergency.


Clancy has also constructed an outdoor fitness trail for seniors and has plans to develop more trails. “We couldn’t do what we do if it weren’t for our community and all the integral partnerships we have formed through the years,” states Brendan Clancy. A strong partnership with the City of Portage, the Portage Township School system, and the Portage YMCA was created to address food insecurity during the pandemic. 

 

Clancy also works closely with local unions, civic and nonprofit groups; together they have installed park playground equipment, built ADA ramps, distributed toys to children, provided meals, implemented festivals and events, and aided in providing clients with life’s necessities.

 

Always, with an eye to the future, Trustee Clancy has consistently provided for upgrades to Fire Department apparatus and equipment. Expansion of the Senior & Community Center will now accommodate the growing senior population. Plans to expand and build a columbarium at McCool Cemetery are underway and will accommodate cemetery needs for decades to come. Park and trail development has begun including new outdoor recreational opportunities that residents expect from their community. 

 

Portage Township’s accomplishments have not gone unnoticed, receiving many recognitions and awards throughout the years from both local and state organizations.  Two-time winner of the Township of the Year Award from Indiana Township Association, Trustee of the Year, Putting Portage on the Map, and multiple new construction accolades from the Greater Portage Chamber of Commerce, just to name a few.  With Brendan Clancy’s vision and tenacity, Portage Township has become a model for all townships throughout the state.

Upcoming Meetings
 

March 17th: 7:00pm
PCDCC Monthly Meeting
Location: Zoom Link Emailed a Few Days Before Meeting

 

April 21st: 7:00pm
PCDCC Monthly Meeting

Location:  American Legion #94 
4 Monroe St., Valparaiso, IN

Porter County Democratic 
Central Committee

 




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Valparaiso Democratic Committee

         Leadership in Action 
 

Welcome to 2022!  This year has already held quite the excitement and we are only in the beginning!  We have a new Chair, Michael F. Mirochna and a new Secretary, Kathy Watts.

 

The VDC entered into contracts with Valparaiso Events to become the Platinum Popcorn Fest Parade sponsor, meaning the VDC will have the first float of this wonderful parade.  We also are working to open office space in downtown Valparaiso, across the street from City Hall.   

 

Those are some of the shiny objects that are helping us Plant the Flag for Democrats in Valparaiso.  But the real exciting news to share is the work beginning with Precinct Chairs.  Precinct Chairs are critical to the success of any political organization.  Vice Chair Kathy DeWitt is working with our soon to be elected precinct chairs for training based on Bob DeRuntz’s Precinct Chair “textbook,” which unfortunately does not include a chapter on how to grow facial hair.

 

Lastly, we are able to accomplish many things because of our financial donors who are buying into our VDC branding.  We passed $1,000 in monthly recurring donations in February!  This money will go toward funding precinct chair events, office space, advertising and campaign celebrations this spring through election season!

 

If you want to join us for our monthly meetings email us at valpodems@gmail.com for a Zoom link. The March VDC meeting will be on Monday, March 28 at 7pm. The April VDC meeting will be on Monday, April 25, 8pm. You can also like and follow our page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ValpoDems 
 

Michael F. Mirochna, Chair

Kathy DeWitt, Vice-Chair

Kathy Watts, Secretary


       
Candidate Filings for 2022


Democrats Running for Office


County Commissioner - District 2 (Center): Julie Giorgi

County Council - District 1: Becky Mateja Lombardini, Erik Wagner 

County Council - District 2: Jeremy Rivas, Scott Williams

County Council - District 3: Greg Simms

County Clerk: Jessica Bailey

County Auditor: Toni Downing

County Assessor: Valeri Wasemann

County Sheriff: David M. Reynolds II

County Coroner: Jeffrey Reyer




Candidates for Township Offices


Candidates for Town Offices


Candidates for Precinct Committeepersons


Candidates for State Convention Delegates 
 

 

               
Porter County Democrats
 
 
May 3rd Primary Election


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Porter County

Parks and Recreation

2022 Program Guide

 

 
Access the above 2022 Program Guide to learn about the incredible programs available to you and your family through the Porter County Parks and Recreation.

Valparaiso Parks Department





Valpo Parks 2022


Program Guide 






 
 Spring Kid's

 Closet Sale

   All Ages | Saturday, April 23
 
                Event Details Here
 



 
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Editors of The Blue Beacon, March/April 2022:
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