About the Pittsburgh 14th Ward Independent Democratic Club
The Club is the oldest continuously-operating independent Democratic club in the country. Our members are registered Democratic Party members in Pittsburgh's 14th Ward (Swisshelm Park, Squirrel Hill, Regent Square, Point Breeze, Park Place, North Point Breeze, and Duck Hollow) who believe in progressive, traditional Democratic Party ideals. Many of its members come from activist backgrounds and have worked for peace, justice, economic equity, civil rights, equal rights, and other issues.
The Club was founded in 1964 by liberal, independent Democrats in the 14th Ward in the City of Pittsburgh PA, and has been in continous operation since then. The Club is a membership organization of progressive Democrats who support liberal causes and good government. Many members are also active in peace and justice organizations. Each spring, the Club endorses candidates for the Democratic primary and distributes a Voter's Guide to registered Democrats in the 14th Ward. The 14th Ward is the largest Ward in the City of Pittsburgh and one of the largest political entities in Allegheny County and Pennsylvania.
Although members are all Democrats, the club is not a part of the official Democratic Party.
Each Spring, before the Primary Election, the Club has an endorsement meeting during which members evaluate the candidates and vote to endorse for the upcoming Democratic Primary. Our endorsements are printed in a Voters Guide which is mailed to all registered Democrats in the Ward. We believe our reputation for an open process of allowing our members to hear the candidates and vote for those that match their values gives our endorsements credibility in the community. The Club's endorsement has helped most endorsed candidates to receive a larger number of votes than they would have received without our endorsement.
The Club holds an annual fundraiser - previous events have featured Linda Tirado (Hand to Mouth), Andy Borowitz (The Borowitz Report), Dan Perkins (Tom Tomorrow of the comic This Modern World), Aasif Manvi of The Daily Show, and the edgy Squonk Opera. From 2011 to 2013 we featured many new voices in the progressive community through our first Progressive Action Video Contest.