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VOTE on Tuesday!

Tuesday is Primary Election Day
 
There are several critical Democratic primaries on the ballot. Your vote will make a difference. Go VOTE! You can now vote at ANY of the 44 Vote Centers in Porter County on election day. All 44 locations of the Vote Centers that you can vote at on election day are indicated below.

David Reynolds for

Porter County Sheriff


 
     As Porter County continues to grow, it is more important than ever that the next Sheriff has the knowledge, experience, and vision to keep our community safe. I am a lifelong resident of Porter County. As an experienced law enforcement officer, I believe that I am the right person to lead the Porter County Sheriff’s Office. I live in Valparaiso with my wife, Terra, where we decided to raise our young children because of the great quality of life. This county has been great to my family and me, which is why I have worked hard to give back to the community.  

     After proudly graduating from Portage High School, I attended Indiana University, where I had the privilege to work at the University Police Department in Bloomington. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and was hired by the Porter County Sheriff’s Office. While at the Sheriff’s Office, I worked in the Patrol Division and as a Detective. I was also a member of the Sheriff’s Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team. During my time with the Sheriff’s Office, I worked as a Task Force Officer with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in Merrillville, Indiana, before being hired as a Special Agent with the DEA.  

     After approximately 20 weeks of training in DEA’s training academy in Quantico, Virginia, I began my work as a Special Agent in the Chicago Field Division. While working in Chicago, I was a case agent of several multi-defendant cases that resulted in the arrests of hundreds of violent drug traffickers and the seizure of thousands of kilograms of cocaine and heroin. While working as a Special Agent, I developed a new strategy to investigate money laundering. In two years, the technique successfully removed almost $20 million of drug proceeds from the streets. DEA is still utilizing the tactic that I worked to develop.  

     I was later promoted to a Supervisory Special Agent position and placed in charge of a federal multi-agency task force. Our team’s mission was to investigate violent street gangs in Chicago and identify their sources of supply for cocaine and heroin. This work required understanding how to navigate investigations within multiple jurisdictions, different United States Attorney’s Offices, and other agencies. 

     Additionally, I was responsible for advancing criminal cases that targeted violent street gangs and international drug cartels.  These sophisticated investigations involved working closely with prosecutors, federal agencies, and other police departments. The strategy of working collaboratively with other agencies is a lesson that I value deeply. I have seen the impactful work when investigators, officers, and support staff work together to achieve a shared objective. I have recently earned a graduate degree from the University of San Diego’s Law Enforcement and Public Safety program.

     These experiences and training as a former Deputy with the Porter County Sheriff’s Office and Supervisory Special Agent have provided me with the background to develop impact initiatives that will work to reduce crimes and build relationships within our community. I will use my experience with the DEA to address the heroin and fentanyl-related overdoses that have impacted families throughout our county. Implementing a heroin or opioid-related overdose “Dashboard” would provide a mechanism to communicate directly with the public to bring awareness to the impact of heroin and opioid-related deaths on our community. Providing this data will serve as a transparent community resource designed to educate and illustrate the frequency of overdoses. 

     As Sheriff, I would be committed to the mental health needs of our law enforcement community to achieve a cohesive and healthy workforce. I will develop a Trauma Team program to assist all employees of the Sheriff’s Office in the event of a critical incident. The initiative will train deputies, correction officers, and operations staff to support their peers after a traumatic professional or personal experience. Ultimately, this inclusion of mental health training will increase the skills of officers and strengthen their approach when working in the greater community.

     I currently serve on the Board of Directors for the Hilltop Neighborhood House and Dressed for School. I also work to assist the Porter County Substance Abuse Council and have been a volunteer baseball and basketball coach for various organizations over the last several years. My wife Terra and I have contributed to numerous projects throughout the county and are committed to helping keep our community a wonderful place to live.  

     I have a deep respect for the Porter County Sheriff’s Office and the men and women who work there. If I did not think I was the most experienced, qualified, and educated person to continue to lead the Sheriff’s Office, I would not have decided to run to serve Porter County as Sheriff. I am confident that if the community makes their decision based on education, law enforcement experience, and innovative thinking, it will be clear that I am the right person to keep Porter County a safe place to live, work, and raise a family. 

Please join our team and help with canvassing, phone calls, or other supportive efforts that will help keep the Sheriff’s Office moving in the right direction. For more information, visit: www.reynolds4sheriff.com

~ David Reynolds 

       
Porter County Democrats
 
View the Porter County Democratic Central Committee
 2022 Campaign Finance Report that was filed in April. 

Message from the Chairman

We Need Convention Delegates!
 

If you or anybody that you know (especially those living in Portage township where we are in the most need) would like to be a delegate to the Indiana Democratic Convention happening on June 18th in Indianapolis, please reach out to me at drew@pcindems.org

 

WHY BEING A DELEGATE MATTERS -

 

1) Candidates for lieutenant governor, secretary of state, auditor, treasurer, and attorney general are nominated by political parties and specifically at the Convention.

 

2) You get to vote on Party Rules and Procedures.

 

3) You get to meet new people, converse, and interact with elected Democratic officials from across the state of Indiana, and advocate for what matters to you to help us create a thriving Democratic Party here in Indiana! 

 

There is also the Hoosier Hospitality Dinner that happens the night prior, June 17th, where we will have a wonderful dinner and drinks while we listen to a lineup of Democratic speakers advocating for the Democratic cause! If you’d like to attend the Hoosier Hospitality Dinner, please RSVP and buy a ticket at the following link - https://secure.actblue.com/donate/hh2022.

Per tradition, the Porter County Democratic Central Committee will cover the delegate fee for all delegates, but lodging and any other costs associated with the trip will be the responsibility of the delegate.

 

In Solidarity,

Drew Wenger

Chairman of the Porter County Democratic Central Committee

 
 
 Porter

 County

 Democrats
   
Upcoming Meetings


May 19th: Chesterton
American Legion, 7:00pm
798 Wabash Ave.


June 16th: Portage
American Legion, 7:00pm
5675 Mulberry Ave.


If meetings go virtual check pcindems.org for Zoom link

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Julie Giorgi

Democratic Candidate 

County Commissioner
 
 

    Thank you for the opportunity to introduce myself and my candidacy for Porter County Commissioner District 2.  I have been a proud Democrat all of my life.  I have lived in Northwest Indiana since marrying my husband Geoffrey in 1995. Geoff has been a resident of Porter County for most of his life, attended the very first popcorn festival and is a proud graduate of Valparaiso High School.  He practices law in NWI, as did his father and uncle before him.  We met in college at Miami University, where I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies.

    We decided to start our family here in Porter County and have enjoyed living here for the past 25 years. All three of our children attended Union Township School Corporation and graduated from Wheeler High School. Jenna (24) graduated from The University of Tennessee with a degree in public relations and currently works for Live Nation in Knoxville, Tennessee. Grant (22) graduated in April from Florida State University with a degree in Biomedical Engineering. Elena (19) is finishing up her freshman year at The University of Alabama and is studying towards a double major in Political Science and News Media. 
 
   After college I worked 9 years as a pharmaceutical sales representative, before taking time off professional employment to stay home with our children.  When they were young I worked towards a Masters in Education at Purdue University Calumet.  Realizing that I wasn’t going to go back to work when they were young but still being very interested in public education, I ran for and was elected to the first of four consecutive terms on the Union Township School Board in 2006, where I continue to serve today. 
 
 

     I am proud to say that during my tenure on the school board we have overseen many remodeling and building improvements on both academic and athletic spaces, and more importantly, Union Township School Corporation has been one of the top academic school corporations in the entire state of Indiana. Our school corporation survived and even thrived during the pandemic and was able to stay in person for all but a couple of weeks during the 2020-2021 school year, when many local school corporations were virtual for months at a time. Union Township’s ability to remain in person was due to extensive collaboration and cooperation between our board, administration, staff, families, and most importantly, our students.  

    Serving the residents of Porter County through its Board of Commissioners is an expansion of this service as a school board member, with many similar responsibilities and areas of interest. As a board member, I am one of five responsible for overseeing our school corporation's almost $20 million dollar budget, which is larger than one quarter of Indiana’s 92 counties. We approve all personnel decisions as well as all decisions about construction and building maintenance.  Much like our county commissioners, we are tasked with policy development and implementation as well. Attracting and retaining quality employees is key to our success and will remain a major focus in my new role as commissioner.  

   Successful county leadership creates opportunities by attracting good paying jobs and providing strong public safety, in addition to providing great quality of life with our plentiful outdoor attractions and lakefront. Well planned development is fundamental to providing and expanding upon these opportunities for all Porter County residents.  The development of projects and ideas with a focus on fiscal responsibility has shaped the work I have done for almost two decades.   

     Our county is in strong financial shape due to good leadership from our current elected officials. We have the second lowest county tax rate in the state of Indiana.  Thoughtful leadership will be needed to maintain that low tax rate while providing for and improving offerings to our county residents.  Our elected officials, key advisors, and citizen appointees are working hard to determine the best uses for the county’s $33 million American Rescue Plan Act allotment. I hope to see a fair division of the funds among permissible projects across the four spending categories.  And come 2023, I hope to be intimately involved in ensuring the ARPA projects chosen are funded and completed by the end of 2026. 

    Other priorities as your Porter County Commissioner will be to ensure our infrastructure is in good condition and environmentally responsible, that the county is fully broadband equipped, that our outdoor opportunities continue to grow and be accessible to all, and finally that we begin to understand and address our affordable housing shortage in the county.  I ask for your vote for County Commissioner on November 8th. Go to votegiorgi.com to learn more. 

~ Julie Giorgi

               
Porter County Democrats
 
 
Valparaiso Democratic Committee

         Leadership in Action 

The Valparaiso Democratic Committee had our first in-person meeting in our new office on Monday April 18th.  We had 25 people in-person and on Zoom!  We covered the LINC development downtown, Elevate Valpo, Vitalize Valpo and Bob DeRuntz gave us insight into the history of Education funding in the State of Indiana and explicitly why our Special Education funding is so poor.  Our calls to action are getting poll workers for May 3rd, finding representatives from each township in the VDC territory to present updates on their townships (Washington, Morgan, Union, Center and Jackson).  Future meetings will have more discussion and interaction, less lecturing.
 

Kathy DeWitt and Kathy Watts developed a one hour program that is available to watch for Precinct Chair training, including walk lists, setting up a precinct specific Facebook page and using a terrific handbook developed by the Porter County Dems during the last election cycle for precinct chairs to follow and get started with growing our votership!  
 

The VDC is sponsoring two major Valparaiso Events this summer with the Summer Concert Series and the Summer Outdoor Movie Nights!
 

We also launched our first major advertising campaign through the Valparaiso Events 2022 Flyer and it caused quite a stir in Valpo!  People are paying attention! Our next meeting is Monday May 16th, 2022 at 7pm in the VDC office and on Zoom! Our new VDC HQ is located at 161 Lincolnway, Suite A, 2nd floor, above the Tea and Spice Exchange.

If you want to join us, become a member on our Facebook page, like us Facebook, email us at valpodems@gmail.com 
 

Michael F. Mirochna, Chair
Kathy DeWitt, Vice-Chair
Kathy Watts, Secretary
Jim Berman, Treasurer

In The News

 

Monthly Meetings
May 16th: 7:00pm
Location: VDC HQ and Zoom

June 20th, 7:00pm
Location: VDC HQ and Zoom


Email valpodems@gmail.com to receive a Zoom link for meetings.
____________________________

Valparaiso Democratic Committee



New Headquarters Now Open!
Downtown Valparaiso: across from Chamber of Commerce,
above Tea and Spice Exchange
161 Lincolnway, Suite A

 
 



       

2022 Candidates

Primary Election



Democrats Running for Office

U.S. Senate

Thomas McDermott Jr.


U.S. Congress - District 1

Frank J. Mrvan, Richard Fantin


Indiana State Senate - District 4:

Rodney Pol Jr, Deb Chubb, Todd Connor, Ron Meer


Indiana Representative - District 9

Patricia Boy


Indiana Representative - District 10

Chuck Moseley


Indiana Representative - District 19

Lisa Beck


Prosecuting Attorney - 67th Judicial Circuit

Gary S. Germann


County Commissioner - District 2 (Center)

Julie Giorgi


County Council - District 1

Erik Wagner, Becky Mateja Lombardini


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


County Coroner

Jeffrey Reyer


Candidates for Township Offices


Candidates for Town Offices


Candidates for Precinct Committeepersons


Candidates for State Convention Delegates


 

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.


Porter County Parks Camp FUNset

     

Valparaiso Parks Department





Valpo Parks 2022


Program Guide 





 
 Discovery

 Day Camp

   Ages 5 - 14 | June - July
 
             Camp Details Here
 
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Editors of The Blue Beacon, May/June 2022:
Bob DeRuntz and Rebecca Tomerlin
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