Debora Porter

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Debora Porter
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Former candidate for
Indiana House of Representatives, District 4
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
High schoolWheeler High School
Bachelor'sValparaiso University
Master'sIndiana University
Campaign website
Debora Porter campaign logo
Debora "Deb" Porter was a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 4 of the Indiana House of Representatives. She ran unsuccessfully for District 5 of the Indiana State Senate in 2012.


Growing up in Indiana, Porter graduated from Wheeler High School in Wheeler, Indiana. She went on to earn her bachelor's degree in music education from Valparaiso University and her master's degree in music technology from Indiana University.[1]

Porter's professional experience includes working as a teacher, with certification in music and elementary education.[2]


Campaign themes


Porter's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

A strong, fully-funded public education pre-K through age 21 is necessary for our students to be prepared for their future. We need public schools that help every student achieve his or her potential and have the necessary background knowledge to apply skills to be successful in future job opportunities and technical training as part of a comprehensive approach to education to ensure a skilled work force and job readiness.

Hoosiers need a tax system in which the burden is shared between citizens and corporations, the state and local governments. While corporate income tax relief may help businesses in the short run, it is harmful if it requires increases in property taxes for working Hoosiers and additional taxes at the county levels. In the meantime, the counties and townships that rely on this funding are already working at scaled back, bare-boned funding that eventually services would be cut back and eliminated until reciprocal funding could be implemented. This would be harmful to hard working Hoosiers.

The quality of life is declining in our state. This is evident in a variety of ways. 280,000 working Hoosiers cannot get health insurance because our state chose not to expand Medicaid. Our sate is ranked as one of the 10 most depressing states based on quality of life surveys. Our state has the fifth highest infant mortality rate in our nation, one that rivals some developing countries. Finally, and most distressing, more than one fourth of all children in our state live in the most gut wrenching and tragic poverty. 1 in 4, and they are children. I believe we can do better and it must be our top priority if we are going to keep good jobs and attract new businesses. Indiana must ensure all Hoosiers can live a good life without be forced to move to another state to achieve it.[3][4]

Other issues highlighted by Porter included:

  • Ensure that every Hoosier child is receiving a quality education
  • Find ways that high schools and colleges can increase vocational education to prepare students with real world skills that they will need to find a job
  • Guarantee that all institutions in our state are on a level playing field
  • Make a college education more affordable for all students by reigning in exploding cost and rewarding higher education institutions that hold the line on tuition


  • Create an economy that promotes strong growth and providing high paying jobs for all Hoosiers
  • Ensure our state is a business friendly partner to expand access to good paying jobs across our state.
  • Increase the minimum wage to guarantee that hard work is rewarded and all Hoosiers have more income to spend on goods and services
  • Focus on creating an environment where job creation and retention is priority number one.


  • Ensure that tax cuts that benefit business are not at the expense of hard working, middle class Hoosiers.
  • Prioritize funding to municipalities, schools and townships that are facing serious cuts at the hands of politicians in Indianapolis.


  • Ensure that the state is adequately caring for our roads and bridges across all of Indiana, not just certain sections.
  • Focus on high priorities that have been ignored around this state for far too long.

Healthcare and Quality of Life

  • Providing affordable health care to all Hoosiers is not only right but is our responsibility
  • Maintain full participation in federal health programs such as Medicaid and Medicare.
  • Create a local/state infrastructure bank to create jobs and rebuild Indiana's deteriorating roads, bridges and other infrastructure.
  • Partner with communities and businesses to train Hoosier workers for jobs in the growing sectors of our economy

Where Our Focus Should Be

  • Focus on issues that matter to Hoosiers, not divisive social and political issues that take the focus off making our state better.[4]



See also: Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Indiana House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 6, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 7, 2014. Debora "Deb" Porter ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Ed Soliday was unopposed in the Republican primary. Soliday defeated Porter in the general election.[5][6]

Indiana House of Representatives 4, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngEd Soliday Incumbent 55.5% 9,885
     Democratic Debora "Deb" Porter 44.5% 7,934
Total Votes 17,819


See also: Indiana State Senate elections, 2012

Porter ran in the 2012 election for Indiana State Senate District 5. She ran unopposed in the May 8 Democratic primary and was defeated by incumbent Ed Charbonneau (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[7][8]

Indiana State Senate, District 5, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Debora Porter 45.2% 24,766
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngEd Charbonneau Incumbent 54.8% 30,039
Total Votes 54,805



Porter was endorsed by the Indiana State AFL-CIO on April 18, 2012.[9]


Porter has been married to Mike Porter for over 30 years. They have two adult children, Rebekah (Tucker) Peterson and Aaron.[2]

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