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Roe v. Wade

Get As Engaged As You Are Outraged
  1. Ensure that your family and friends are registered to vote. Vote in groups with your friends, family and co-workers. You can make a difference!

  2. Get Involved in your local precinct organization to get people registered to vote and to the polls. There are 123 precincts in Porter County. Registering 20 more Democratic voters in each precinct would result in 2,460 more Democratic votes... enough to win close races up and down the ballot for Judges, County Council, Commissioner and Statehouse.

  3. Attend events for Democratic candidates, support their social media and donate to their campaigns to give them the resources to win.

  4. Volunteer for our local Democratic candidates to help them win. Stuff envelopes, go door to door, make phone calls, write postcards, place yard signs, hold a sign at a vote center. It all makes a difference to help our candidates win close elections. 

  5. Donate to our local Democratic organizations so they have the funding to be a messaging presence in our community to attract people to the Democratic cause to get out the vote.

  6. Join the National Organization for Women and find out how you can get in the fight to protect women’s rights to make their own healthcare and reproductive decisions.

Lisa Beck
Champion for Workers


Lisa Beck first ran for office after watching our unions and public education come under attack by politicians in the Statehouse. She won that race and was elected as a State Representative  in November 2018, starting her first session in January 2019 where she was assigned Ranking Minority Leader of the Labor & Pension Committee. In that first session, Lisa was able to help push bills that raised OSHA’s maximum fine for Willful/Knowing Violations from $70,000 up to over $132,000 and raised Worker Compensation Death Benefit from $7,500 up to $12,000. She also fought hard to stop bad bills, such as HB 1660, which would have removed third and fourth tier Department of Labor certified union apprentice programs.

Additionally, Lisa wrote a proclamation urging companies to buy American made steel. She brought to the Statehouse six steel producing union presidents to stand with her as she read her proclamation on the House Chamber floor.

In her second session, Lisa inserted an amendment into HB 1414 that provided government training for any worker in the state that lost their job because of the transition from coal to renewables. Lisa fought hard to add an amendment into the budget bill that softens the blow for towns that are affected by Big Box Store tax reassessment settlements. This particularly helped the town of Hobart, which was in her district.

When the state shut down businesses because of Covid-19, Lisa was the first legislator in the state to form a Small Business Task Force to help the small business owners in her district. The Small Business Task Force had 16 virtual sessions with various leaders from around the state that helped explain how to fill out all the complicated papers in order to get Covid-19 business loans and other important help. Lisa also helped hundreds of Hoosiers that were having difficulty receiving unemployment.

Due to Lisa’s efforts to provide special training for Small Business Owners in her district prior to the pandemic and because of her efforts to protect her Small Business Owners after Covid-19 hit, Lisa was honored with the “Indiana South Shore Convention & Visitors Authority 2020 Elected Official of the Year” award.

As a result of her fight for workers safety during her first term in office and her special effort to recognize Workers Day Memorial on April 28th with a proclamation in the Statehouse, Lisa was awarded the Steelworkers national “2021 J. William Lloyd Award.” This award is presented to an individual or organization from outside of USW for outstanding service in the cause of worker safety and health.

Lisa is running for Indiana State Representative to serve District 19 again and would greatly appreciate your support in this upcoming election. You are invited to join Lisa at her Meet & Greet Fundraiser at Casa Del Roma (712 Calumet Avenue in Valparaiso) on July 28th from 6:00-8:00pm. With your support, Lisa can win and help bring balance back to the Statehouse. For more information please visit 

Porter County Democrats


Upcoming Meetings

July 21: Chesterton
American Legion, 7:00pm

798 Wabash Avenue

August 18 : Portage
American Legion, 7:00pm
5675 Mulberry Avenue

If meetings go virtual check for Zoom link




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Valparaiso Democratic Committee

         Leadership in Action 

The Valparaiso Democratic Committee has been busy all over Valparaiso.  In early June, we hosted a VDC area Precinct Chair and Candidate Meet and Greet.  We had 9 candidates and campaign representatives give a three minute stump speech.  Over 20 precinct chairs were in attendance and we had about 50 people in total for this event sponsored by the VDC, David Reynolds II, and Jesse Harper.  There were many heartfelt speeches that energized the room at Pour House that night!


Playing off the Meet and Greet success, the VDC sponsored the Valparaiso Events Outdoor Summer Movie Series.  This opportunity gave Valparaiso residents an opportunity to interact with several candidates and hear about other candidates from volunteers such as new Precinct Chair Hannah Trueblood!  She did an amazing job with potential voters and worked the crowd.  These events matter!  There was no Republican presence and this shows WE CARE!


As we see democracy crumbling beneath our feet in the assault on women's healthcare, reproductive and abortion rights, the continued lack of equal treatment of all citizens, and the sharpening of the skills from the failed coup of 1/6, we need to focus that anger and disappointment to get out the VOTE!  We need volunteers to accomplish this!  Please donate your time, talent or treasure to give us the opportunity to register more voters, increase our outreach, and continue to show up for our community.  We succeed nationally when we succeed locally and build our benches.


The VDC is also sponsoring the Valparaiso Events Summer Concert Series. We will have the same set-up as our Outdoor Movie Series with the 10x10 VDC tent and candidates greeting voters!  We need your help!  Finally, VDC is the platinum sponsor of the Valparaiso Popcorn Festival Parade!  We will have the lead float (thanks in large part to a generous donation from David Reynolds II) and an amazing booth space downtown in the heart of the Festival.  Kase DeWitt will be driving his blue truck to pull our float and Leslie Nuss Bamesburger (running for Center Township Board) has graciously offered her barn to store the float as we work on it.


This Fall we have so many great candidates that are skilled, prepared and ready to do the work of local government!  We NEED to get them all elected! If you want to join us, become a member on our Facebook page, like us Facebook, email us at 


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

In The News


July 18th: 7:00pm
Monthly Meeting
Location: VDC office and Zoom

August 15th, 7:00pm
Monthly Meeting
Location: VDC office and Zoom

Email 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



Throughout my career as an elected official, I have listened to all individuals and worked in a bipartisan fashion to bring people together to solve problems.  This is the model that has been taught to me by my father, the longest serving legislator in the Indiana General Assembly, and my predecessor, mentor, and friend, Congressman Pete Visclosky.

In the 117th Congress, I am proud to have secured leadership positions as the Co-Chairman of the Congressional Steel Caucus, and the Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Technology Modernization.  

Steel remains the foundation of the Northwest Indiana economy and the strength of our national security.  Working with the bipartisan leaders of the Steel Caucus, we have advocated to House leadership, the Biden Administration, and the International Trade Commission the importance of strong Buy America requirements and steel tariffs that protect our national security interests, domestic steel producers, and steel workers from unfair trade.  I look forward to continuing to work with the Caucus to ensure that Northwest Indiana steel, organized labor, building and construction trades, and manufacturing industries compete on a level playing field and thrive in our global economy.


Through the Veterans Affairs Committee, I am proud that one of the pieces of legislation that I authored to ensure veterans receive critical benefits was signed into law in 2021.  I also have advanced legislation through the House to improve transparency and the successful implementation of the electronic health record modernization program at the Veterans Administration.  I am proud that this legislative success builds upon my long-standing relationship with Northwest Indiana veterans and veteran organizations, and I look forward to continuing to work to ensure in Congress that all veterans receive the benefits they deserve.  Additionally, I also ran for Congress in the midst of the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and I am proud to have voted for the American Rescue Plan and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment laws to help get us past this health crisis and provide tangible investments for workers in our region.  


Because of these actions, a federal vaccination site was hosted in Gary that allowed over 60,000 individuals to get access to the COVID-19 vaccine.  Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh, a card carrying member of the Laborers Union, and USW President Tom Conway, who is proudly from Northwest Indiana, were also welcomed to tour our region in support of the benefits of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment law.  Great progress has been made to provide deliverables to our region, and more work remains to promote investments in our economic infrastructure, including the South Shore Rail Line, our waterways, shoreline, ports, bridges and roads.  

I look forward to continuing to represent our collective interests in Washington, D.C., and bringing back federal resources to enhance the Northwest Indiana economy by supporting existing businesses and attracting new people and good-paying jobs to our region.

~ Congressman Frank J. Mrvan

Support Congressman Mrvan's re-election at


Porter County Democrats

Running for Office

U.S. Congress - District 1: Frank J. Mrvan

County Commissioner - District 2: Julie Giorgi

County Council - District 1: Becky Mateja Lombardini

County Council - District 2: Jeremy Rivas

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
Porter County Democrats
Duneland Democrats

After many years of talking about it we are doing it! The Duneland Democratic Committee is starting anew...welcome Duneland Dems! Huge gratitude goes to the late Cole Murray for all his hard work to give us a starting point. We wouldn't be where we are without him and he is greatly missed. 

Our goals are to increase participation in the voting process and educating folks about our candidates. It has been too long that we have gone without a voice in our local Democratic party. We aim to rally Democrats for local Porter County, State, and National elections. We also want to listen to fellow Dunelanders and make sure their concerns reach the ears of the candidates. Whether that is the coal ash, wetlands, labor unions, or how the recent  Roe v. Wade decision affects our community in Duneland and Porter County. We will make sure your concerns are heard by the candidates that are trying to earn your vote. 


We are moving fast, trying to gain momentum and generate as much activity, support and enthusiasm as possible before the midterms in November. We currently have an Instagram page @Duneland_Democratic_Committee we hope you follow to see updates on what is happening. We will also be setting up a Facebook page, which is in the works and will blast it out when completed.

If you live in Duneland, consisting of Westchester, Liberty, Jackson and Pine Townships, we hope that you join us for our next meeting. Until we get our social media outreach up and running, please reach out to Erin Collins at about how to join our efforts and for details about our next meeting.

Thank you for any support! Lets make the blue wave a tsunami! 

~ Erin Collins

Saturday, July 2, k
ick off 10am from Central Avenue and Vivian Street.
Parade line up begins at 8:30am at the north end of the Portage Mall.
Plug 2550 Portage Mall, Portage, IN 46368 into your GPS to find it.
Parking will be ample in the surrounding commercial and residential areas.
The parade route is west on Central Avenue to Willowcreek Road and south to Nativity Church.

Monday, July 4, 6:30pm food trucks and live music by Head Honchos
Location: Urschel field, Valparaiso Street and Vale Park Road,
9:15pm fireworks, bring your chair or blanket! 

Monday, July 4, kick off at 10am. Parade line up begins at the Hebron High School. Parade route moves north along Main Street, and ends near the strip mall area. Fireworks at dusk.

Monday, July 4, 9:00am, parade, Yost elementary to Hawthorne Park
Annual Family 4th Fest to follow at Hawthorne Park
4-H Fair Porter County Democrats Booth
Sign-up here to support the Porter County Democrats booth at the 4-H Fair

July 21-30, 2022
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Editors of The Blue Beacon, July/August 2022:
Bob DeRuntz and Rebecca Tomerlin
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