The Valparaiso Democratic Committee started out as the Center Township Democratic Committee (aka CTDC). CTDC was started in 2010 as a way to bring together Democrats in the greater Valparaiso area. CTDC grew and opened its first official office in 2012 on Indiana Avenue and was key to helping Senator Joe Donnelly win Porter County. This is not the only time the Center Township Dems helped elect people to office. CTDC helped start a new wave of progressive politics in Valparaiso by electing Deb Fray to the Center Township Advisory Board, Deb Porter, Diana Reed, and Robert Cotton to the Valparaiso City Council, and has helped numerous county officials such as Sylvia Graham, Dan Whitten, and Laura Blaney through their reelection campaigns. The Center Township Democrats prided themselves on bringing transparency to the government and holding elected officials accountable of their actions. CTDC did not only contribute to politics, but they also served the community. The Center Township Dems participated in events such as "Chalk the Walk" and has helped Housing Opportunities and The Hilltop House in other events.
After the 2016 CTDC saw its membership grow and the executive board knew it was time to expand. CTDC was disbanded and the Valparaiso Democratic Committee was formed. The Valpo Dems will continue to the mission of CTDC and rebuild the local Democratic Party. We strive to open government more, protect public education, build a strong diverse local economy, bring affordable living to the Valparaiso area, and support grassroots activism. The Valparaiso Dems have expanded to more than just Center Township. In fact, we are open to all in the surrounding Valparaiso area including, but not limited to, Washington Township, Morgan Township, and Union Township to name a few. Together, with a new party and new leadership, we will bring progressive politics to the Valparaiso Area.