Primary Activities of the 14WIDC
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. The Club also holds an Annual Fundraiser featuring music, speakers and an opportunity to meet the candidates. The fundraiser helps offset the costs of printing and distributing the Voters Guide. The Barbara Daly Danko Forum is held in January during especially important primary elections to introduce the candidates for the statewide or local offices of highest public interest each year.
All members of the 14WIDC are invited to attend and vote for candidates at the annual Endorsement Meeting. All community members are welcome to join us for the Annual Fundraiser.
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More about our endorsement process: The 14th Ward Independent Democratic Club holds an Endorsement Meeting before the PA Primary where we invite all Democratic Candidates for offices on the Primary Ballot to speak and answer questions. Then all members in good standing vote to determine which candidates the Club will endorse. In 2020 we switched to a virtual meeting and it was extremely successful. We had very good member participation and almost 100% of candidates for the various offices participated.
We publish our endorsements in the PGH 14WIDC Voter Guide that is mailed to most Democratic households in the 14th Ward. There are 32,629 voters in the 14th Ward. Voters here in the 14th Ward value the Voter Guide to help them make well informed decisions in low information races – especially judicial elections.
Our Endorsement meeting is typically 4-6 weeks before the primary election. We have moved up the date of our endorsement meeting so that we can get our voter guide to Democratic voters by the time that vote-by-mail ballots are sent out by the County Election Department.
We look forward to all democratic candidates’ participation. We reach out to invite candidates once they have filed their petitions. All filed candidates are automatically put on our endorsement ballot.