History of the Pittsburgh 14th Ward Independent Democratic Club

About our roots, about where we’re going…

The Pittsburgh 14th Ward Democratic Club (PGH14WIDC or “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 progressive, independent Democrats in the 14th Ward in the City of Pittsburgh PA, and has been in continuous 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, so Club endorsement can be very influential.

Although members are all Democrats, the Club is not a part of the official Democratic Party.

See a short video on the history of the Club we did to commemorate our 50th Anniversary:

PGH 14 WIDC Founders Tribute – 2014 from Ron Gaydos and Alex Goldblum on Vimeo in 2014

Other archival and interesting accounts of the Club through its 69 – SIXTY-NINE! – years.

Remember the Post-Gazette’s Next Page on Sundays? This was our contribution for the Club’s 50th anniversary.

Here is a history blog that one of our members keeps up. Check it out!

Send us YOUR old flyers, news clips, photos or videos, or anything from the Club’s endorsements, events, fundraisers, or hell-raising from any time. Contact us to let us know what you have! If you want to keep it, we can take a picture for posterity.

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