14WIDC Events

14WIDC Annual Meeting

Sunday, January 28, 1:00-3:00pm

Annual Meeting & City Council District 8 Candidate Debate

In the Eddy Theatre at Chatham University’s Shadyside Campus

Come meet the candidates for Pittsburgh City Council District 8!

With Dan Gilman’s resignation the process to elect a new member of City Council to represent District 8 is moving rapidly. The Democratic candidate will be chosen by the Democratic Committee members in District 8 on January 14th and the Special Election will be March 6th. However, we anticipate that all candidates will stay in the race after the Democratic party names their candidate. The other candidates can file nominating petitions to get their names on the Special Election ballot.

This is your opportunity to hear from the candidates on the issues you care about!

Announced candidates are:

Sonja Finn, 38, of Point Breeze, chef and restaurant owner of Dinette in East Liberty, winner of 2017 Platinum Plate Award from Sustainable Pittsburgh

Marty Healey, 54, of Shadyside, chief financial officer for South Side-based Healey Co., a residential renovation and construction firm

Erika Strassburger, 35, of Squirrel Hill, Gilman’s former chief of staff.

District 8 includes Shadyside and parts of Oakland, Point Breeze and Squirrel Hill.

Event welcome by Rep. Ed Gainey.

We will also hold elections for new Board Members at this event.

Remember to renew your membership for 2018 here in order to vote at the April Endorsement Meeting.


Hear Yourself Think Training Workshop

February 2018 (date TBD)

Everyone has experienced the frustration of speaking with or listening to someone with extreme views, often in conflict with their own interests as a working person. The HearYourselfThink Project provides an antidote against the harmful effects that fake news, propaganda and misinformation have on our democracy. HearYourselfThink works to make reason – not fear, cynicism or rage – the loudest voice in the room.

How can we restore reason, truth, and civility to our national discourse? How do we stop partisan tribalism from poisoning our politics and derailing our democracy? HearYourselfThink offers insights and strategies from our years’ of experience. This workshop can help anyone – from people who want to make family gatherings less divisive to experienced organizers – be better equipped to handle these situations.

The 14WIDC is sponsoring a training session for members and anyone interested in attending. We’ll walk out with a simple, 3-step mode of conversation that breaks down walls of polarization and distrust, gets people thinking critically about context and media influence, and begins to rebuild the civic connections that have been strained by decades of toxic, fear-based media and political polarization.

A donation of $25 is suggested to help cover our costs.


14WIDC Fund Raising Event & Endorsement Meeting

April 21 & 22 2018 at Schenley Skating Rink

Every year the 14th Ward Independent Democratic Club holds a Fund Raising Event on Saturday evening where members can come and meet many of the candidates running for office, particularly those in primary races. The next day, on Sunday afternoon, is the Club’s most important event of the year – our Endorsement Meeting. At the Endorsement Meeting, members hear from candidates running for office and vote for the candidates who will be endorsed by the Club and included in our 2018 election day mailers.