Candidate Forums 

Sheriff Candidate Forum March 23rd 
hosted by Progressive Democrats of LaPorte County

Three candidates are running in the May 3rd Democratic Primary for Sheriff of LaPorte County: 

Jim Arnold, Andy Hynek, and Al Ott

Dr. Vidya Kora, Chair of the LaPorte County Democratic Party gave opening remarks.

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Recent Forums on issues important to LaPorte County Democrats

Indiana Senate District 4 Democratic Primary Candidate Forum Feb 7th, 7 pm 

Jan. 20, 2022 Forum: Building a Progressive Michigan City

The Progressive Democrats held a Zoom Forum on the future of Michigan City. 

Three sitting Michigan City Councilmembers, Bryant Dabney, Michael Mack and Dalia Zygas presented a few priorities.

Building a Progressive Michigan City

A Report on Opportunities for Innovation

The Progressive Democrats of LaPorte County sponsored a Zoom Candidate Forum on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 featuring the candidates who are running to replace IN State Senator Karen Tallian.  Sen. Tallian’s resignation is effective November 1st. 

Rodney Pol, Jr. was selected by a Caucus of elected SD4 Democratic Precinct Chairs on Thursday, October 21st to be Sen. Tallian’s successor. Congratulations Rodney Pol, Jr.

LaPorte Democratic Leadership Candidate Forum February 24th, 2021

Hear from the new leadership of the LaPorte Democratic Party . 

White Supremacy Issue Forum

Dr. Richard Rupp, Interim Department Chair of Political Science, Economics, and World Languages, Purdue University Northwest will speak on the threat to Democracy posed by this extreme ideology.

What is the difference between White Supremacy, White Nationalism and racism?

More about Dr. Rupp

 Dr. Richard Rupp is Associate Professor of Political Science at Purdue University Northwest.   He currently serves as Interim Chair of Political Science, Economics, and World Languages.   In addition, Rupp is the Executive Director for the Northwest Indiana World Trade Alliance.   Rupp holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara and joined the Political Science Department at PNW in 1998.   Rupp’s research and teaching interests center on American Foreign Policy and armed conflicts.    He has written numerous scholarly articles on Post-Cold War military interventions and is the author of “NATO after 9/11:   An Alliance in Continuing Decline.”   (Palgrave/MacMillan, 2007).   Rupp is deeply engaged in PNW’s international programs and study abroad courses.   He oversees PNW’s academic affiliations in Oman and participates in foreign student recruitment.  

Rupp plays an active role in Northwest Indiana, speaking to civic groups, directing PNW’s adult continuing education program “Friday University” and hosting “Purdue Northwest Today” each Thursday morning on radio station WJOB.