by Ken Davidson
Carol Miano presented a clear message at the inaugural meeting of the Merrillville and the Region Democratic Club: If you share our values, you are welcome here. Democrats from Merrillville, Gary, Hobart and other communities joined Miano to discuss ways that they could encourage others to get involved in local politics. “We do not endorse candidates” explained Miano. The club is seeking new members who are interested in getting involved in their local communities in any way. One of the fundraisers Miano spoke about benefitted the Ross Township Food Pantry.
Lake County office holders were also on hand to talk to constituents and offer encouragement to the club. County Treasurer John Petalas made a brief appearance and County Clerk Mike Brown also attended. Ross Township Trustee Joe Shudick and Merrillville Councilman Don Spann were also in attendance.
The next meeting of the group takes place on December 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the Merrillville Slovak Club 6920 Broadway.