(La Porte, IN) - The new leader of Democrats in La Porte County wants to strengthen the party by focusing more on core values like job creation and affordable health care.
Dr. Vidya Kora of Michigan City is La Porte County Democrat Party Chairman for the next four-years. He ran unopposed. Kora believes working on solutions to common values can bring together progressive and moderate members of the party.
He also welcomed moderate Republicans upset at the direction of their party to cross over if they’re interested in what he’s trying to accomplish from the middle with “truth, facts, science and civility.”
Kora said it’s time for the political divide to end for the well-being of the country. “We need the middle to assert itself and restore balance,” he said. Kora is also hoping the strategy positions the party better for future success after a vast majority of Democrats lost in the local races in November. He believes the defeats had more to do with local Republicans riding the coat tails of the support former President Donald Trump enjoyed in La Porte County.
Trump received 53-percent or about 3,500 more voters in La Porte County than current President Democrat Joe Biden. Kora lost his bid for a third consecutive term on the La Porte County Commission by close to 1,300 votes to Republican Joe Haney.
He was the La Porte County Democrat Party Chairman from 2000 to 2008. Kora is also a former member of the Michigan City School Board and once served two terms as La Porte County Coroner.
La Porte City Councilwoman Laura Cutler is the new Vice-Chairman of the party. Linda Simmons, Marketing Director for the La Porte County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, is Treasurer while former La Porte County Councilman Sean Quinn is Secretary.
Carol McDaniel retired after being Chairman for the past two and a half years and Vice-Chairman prior to that for close to 20-years.