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Don Przybylinski,  President and Member At-Large Michigan City Common Council

Don Przybylinski, President and Member At-Large
Michigan City Common Council

Don Przybylinski has served for 8 years as a Common Council Member At-Large for the people of Michigan City. Don is leading initiatives for more efficient city government spending that focuses on less reliance on river boat funding and creates prosperity for all. He supports incentives that attract new business developments and expand existing businesses that will offer a living wage to Michigan City workers. He is working to expand the Promise Scholarship Program and create more workforce development opportunities for Michigan City youth. Don continues to support funding for infrastructure improvements to streets and sidewalks in previously underserved neighborhoods, and welcomes the arts, artists, makers and entrepreneurs to enhance and beautify our city. Don believes strongly in the power of community and works collaboratively toward solutions for violent crime, safety issues, resource inequities and barriers to prosperity for our citizens.

“I have a passion for the city, and I want to see the city progress,” Przybylinski said. “I love to see projects come to fruition, and of course, the quality of life improving. Every day when I wake up, I always set in my mind what I want to accomplish that day; and there’s always things that I want to do for Michigan City.” (News Dispatch, February 10, 2019)

Through collaboration with partners across the city, Don is proud to include among his many accomplishments as a member of the City Council: allocating half a million dollars to Michigan City Area Schools for new computers and technology upgrades; the establishment of the Promise Scholarship; making safety improvements around local schools and parks; improving the streets and sidewalks all across Michigan City, the transformation of the Warren Building into ArtSpace; and revitalizing the downtown corridor, just to name a few.

Don is continuously looking for ways to save taxpayers and the City money; to improve the lives of our citizens; to increase tourism and economic development opportunities; to invest in our youth and develop them into tomorrow’s leaders; and make Michigan City an even better place to live, work and play.

Don and Jinny Przybylinski

Don and Jinny Przybylinski

Don and his wife Jinny, are life-long residents of Michigan City. Don worked as a managerial leader at US Steel for 37 years before his retirement in 2015, and Jinny served our community as a kindergarten and second grade teacher for 34 years, teaching hundreds of local youths over the decades. They have two children, Maryellen and Joey, and the Przybylinski Family regularly volunteers with organizations across Michigan City to help improve our community. In 2018, the Przybylinskis served as the Christmas Chair Family for the Salvation Army of Michigan City. Don has volunteered regularly as a coffee pourer and bell ringer during the Salvation Army of Michigan City’s holiday fundraising seasons and Jinny volunteers weekly at Dunebrook.

Don and his family are committed to serving Michigan City with friendship, compasion, respect and professionalism to ensure everyone in our community has the opportunity to prosper and thrive.

Photo courtesy Salvation Army of Michigan City The 2018 Christmas Chair Family for the Salvation Army of Michigan City are (from left) City Council member Don Przybylinski and his wife, Jinny; daughter Maryellen Salliotte and her husband, Scott; and son Joey Przybylinski.

Photo courtesy Salvation Army of Michigan City The 2018 Christmas Chair Family for the Salvation Army of Michigan City are (from left) City Council member Don Przybylinski and his wife, Jinny; daughter Maryellen Salliotte and her husband, Scott; and son Joey Przybylinski.

 
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Don Przybylinski,  President and Member At-Large Michigan City Common Council

Don Przybylinski, President and Member At-Large
Michigan City Common Council

The Michigan City Common Council is composed of nine members - six members of the Council are elected from city wards, with the remaining three members elected at-large by all of the voters in Michigan City.

At-Large Common Council Members are responsible for representing all of Michigan City’s citizens and stakeholders in matters of public interest and city government.

Don Przybylinski has served with honor and distinction for 8 years as a Council Member At-Large, offering his years of professional business expertise and community leadership to the decision-making and legislative process of Michigan City city government. Currently Don is serving his second term as Common Council President, elected by his peers to lead the council and oversee proceedings.

CURRENT COMMITTEE & BOARD/COMMISSION ASSIGNMENTS

Energy Savings Group Committee, Chairperson
Labor Relations, Chairperson
Utilities Committee, Chairperson
Finance Committee, Member
Parks & Recreation, Member
FEMA Flood Plain Appeal, Member
Human Rights Oversight, Member

Human Rights Commission, Liaison
Sanitary Board, Liaison
LaPorte County Solid Waste Management, Voting Member
Water Board, Liaison

 
 

EDUCATION

Don is passionate about of lifelong learning, and has been an avid supporter of both academic, post-academic and on-the-job learning opportunities for Michigan City residents.

  • Every child in Michigan City has the potential for greatness.

  • Access to financial aid for higher education opportunities is vital to the long-term success of our community’s youth. Don is currently working with the Mayor and members of the Council to expand the Michigan City Promise Scholarship Program to benefit more youth in our community.

  • In 2016, Don introduced an ordinance to to appropriate $500,000 from the Boyd Development fund to help in updating the Michigan City Area Schools’ information technology equipment, programs and infrastructure.

 

“Michigan City's children are its most important resource and it should be the city's highest priority to ensure that up-to-date information technology is readily available for our children at school.”

The News Dispatch, February 16, 2016

 

“Leaders know the difference between success and failure and we can't fail our schools. We need to stand behind our children. Children are the cornerstone of our community.”

The News Dispatch, March 15, 2016

 
 

PUBLIC SAFETY

It is the duty of city government to protect and ensure the safety of our citizens from threats to our well-being and prosperity. To meet the increasing challenges of the culturally, economically and technologically diverse world we live in, the actions of city government must be synergistically aligned with the needs of the community. City leaders must carefully balance their decisions and actions to find the right balance of progress and innovation with social and fiscal responsibly.

  • Don believes strongly that public safety initiatives must equitably provide for the needs of every citizen, stakeholder and visitor to our community. These initiatives must recognize and acknowledge the breadth and depth of the diversity within our community, consider the needs of every citizen and inclusively empower our community live prosperously.

  • Don advocates for safety and infrastructure improvements to streets, sidewalks and the public areas surrounding local schools and parks throughout all of Michigan City to ensure all are safe, well-maintained and visually appealing.

  • Don works responsibly with his fellow Council Members and city officials to provide adequate funding for our police, fire and emergency services.

  • Don actively advocates for greater dialogue between community groups/organizations and the City of Michigan City to collaboratively address public concerns regarding crime, violence, addiction, homelessness and other challenges to our public safety.

 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

With 37 years of managerial and financial experience, Don Przybylinski is uniquely qualified to balance the fiscal, economic and social complexities of responsible and sustainable economic development in Michigan City. Don advocates for and represents equally the interests of local businesses and the needs of local workers.

  • Don is passionate about bringing living-wage jobs to Michigan City and decreasing the low-income and poverty rates in our community.

    • By supporting opportunities for our city’s youth to develop marketable professional skills, along with advanced training and professional development opportunities for our established workforce, Don is working to help make Michigan City attractive to quality companies who will offer a living-wage and professional career advancement to their employees.

    • Don is committed to providing fiscally responsible incentives for new business to open in Michigan City and for established businesses to grow and thrive.

  • Don prides himself on asking tough questions, digging deep into the details and holding others accountable, in matters of economic development to ensure the city’s decisions and actions are both fiscally and socially responsible.

 

“In an attempt to fill the remaining jobs, Don Przybylinski, president of the Michigan City Common Council, has authored an ordinance that, if accepted, would raise the rate of pay for those workers from $7.40 per hour to $10.15.”

The News Dispatch, July 5, 2018

 

"I think just for the sake of common decency, for a person to work for $7.40 an hour ... is very, very bad; and we need to increase this money for these folks," Przybylinski said. "That's close to the minimum wage, and I know that these people work hard. They work hard — they're cutting grass; they're picking up garbage; they're cleaning restrooms; they're doing a lot of work that a lot of folks sitting in this room right here wouldn't want to do. And they're doing it in 100-degree heat all summer long. And these people deserve a raise."

The News Dispatch, July 5, 2018

 
 

PROSPERITY

True prosperity is a synergistic balance of financial, physical and social well-being that empowers us to live as our best selves.

Every citizen in Michigan City deserves equitable opportunities to achieve prosperity.

Don actively advocates for equity, access, diversity and inclusion in Michigan City to ensure everyone’s skills are leveraged to benefit the whole community, to provide opportunities for all abilities to thrive and empower individuals from all walks of life to collaborate for innovative solutions to our community’s needs.

The answers to our community’s greatest challenges are not “either/or” choices. We must embrace “and” solutions that tackle issues from all sides, consider all people and provide the most equitable outcomes for all of Michigan City’s residents, visitors and stakeholders.

 
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COMMUNITY RESOURCES

There are numerous resources available to the residents of Michigan City and LaPorte County, and our visitors, that provide information and support in times of need.
The following list is just a few of the wonderful organizations working hard to make Michigan City a better place for all. Please follow the links of the organization’s below for more information.

 

INDIANA VOTER PORTAL

Register to vote, check your voting status and find your voting place.
Visit indianavoters.in.gov.

Voter registration ends April 8
In-Person Absentee Voting open April 10 - May 6

 

CITY OF MICHIGAN CITY

Visit the City of Michigan City website to find information about your local government, committees, commissions and departments.

The Michigan City Common Council meets on the first and third Tuesday of every month at 6:30 PM CST in the Council Chambers at City Hall located at 100 East Michigan Boulevard in Michigan City.
Everyone is welcome to attend the Council meetings and have their voice heard.

 

INDIANA 2-1-1

2-1-1 is a free and confidential service that helps Hoosiers across Indiana find the local resources they need. Dial 211 to connect with a navigator who can help you find the resources you need in Michigan City and LaPorte County. Call any time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Learn more at in211.communityos.org.

 

MICHIGAN CITY SALVATION ARMY

Wherever there is a need in Michigan City, the Salvation Army is dedicated to doing the most good for our community.

Don has asked that in lieu of making a financial contribution to support his re-election campaign, that all individuals interested in building a better Michigan City make their donation to The Salvation Army of Michigan City.

 

DUNEBROOK

Dunebrook helps parents build healthier, happier families by providing guidance, encouragement and education in the home.

Dunebrook also offers intervention assistance in child abuse investigations.

 

BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB

Boys & Girls Club of Michigan City supports and guides more than 500 of Michigan City’s children every year through after school and summer programs. Membership is open to all youth ages 5 – 18.

 

HEALTHLINC

For those who qualify, HealthLinc has a sliding fee discount program to help provide high-quality affordable health care. HealthLinc accepts Medicaid, Medicare, most commercial insurances, and the uninsured.

 

OPEN DOOR ADOLESCENT HEALTH CENTER

The Open Door Adolescent Health Center reduces student absenteeism, minimizes the interruption of education for health reasons and improves students' access to comprehensive health/mental health services and education.

 

SAND CASTLE SHELTER FOR CHILDREN & FAMILIES

Sand Castle offers temporary shelter to LaPorte County families: primarily single moms with children; sometimes families headed by couples or dads, too. When space is available, single women are also accepted. Single men are referred to the Faith Community Men’s Overnight Shelter.

 

STEPPING STONE SHELTER FOR WOMEN

Providing those who are victims of domestic violence, services including 24/7 crisis lines & intervention, temporary shelter, clothing & food, transitional housing, counseling, support groups, and advocacy.

 

INTERFAITH COMMUNITY PADS

Interfaith Community PADS (Public Action Delivering Shelter) is LaPorte County’s only temporary emergency shelter program for both men and women.

 
 
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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Who is Don Przybylinski and why should I vote for him?

Don Przybylinski has served for 8 years as a Common Council Member At-Large for the people of Michigan City. Don is leading initiatives for more efficient city government spending that focuses on less reliance on river boat funding and creates prosperity for all. He supports incentives that attract new business developments and expand existing businesses that will offer a living wage to Michigan City workers. He is working to expand the Promise Scholarship Program and create more workforce development opportunities for Michigan City youth. Don continues to support funding for infrastructure improvements to streets and sidewalks in previously underserved neighborhoods, and welcomes the arts, artists, makers and entrepreneurs to enhance and beautify our city. Don believes strongly in the power of community and works collaboratively toward solutions for violent crime, safety issues, resource inequities and barriers to prosperity for our citizens.


What has Don done for Michigan City during his 8 years on the Michigan City Common Council?

Through collaboration with partners across the city, Don is proud to include among his many accomplishments as a member of the City Council: allocating half a million dollars to Michigan City Area Schools for new computers and technology upgrades; the establishment of the Promise Scholarship; making safety improvements around local schools and parks; improving the streets and sidewalks all across Michigan City, the transformation of the Warren Building into ArtSpace; and revitalizing the downtown corridor, just to name a few.

Don is continuously looking for ways to save taxpayers and the City money; to improve the lives of our citizens; to increase tourism and economic development opportunities; to invest in our youth and develop them into tomorrow’s leaders; and make Michigan City an even better place to live, work and play.


What are Don’s priorities if he wins a third term on the Council?

Don’s priorities for his third term are:
EDUCATION   • PUBLIC SAFETY   • ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT   • PROSPERITY

Areas of focus include:

  • efficient city government spending that focuses on prosperity for all;

  • incentives that attract new business developments and expand existing businesses that will offer a living wage to Michigan City workers;

  • expanding the Promise Scholarship Program;

  • creating more workforce development opportunities for Michigan City youth;

  • supporting funding for infrastructure improvements to streets and sidewalks in previously underserved neighborhoods;

  • welcoming the arts, artists, makers and entrepreneurs to enhance and beautify our city; and

  • working collaboratively toward solutions for violent crime, safety issues, resource inequities and barriers to prosperity for our citizens.  


How can I meet with Don or schedule him to speak to my group?

For campaign related questions/inquiries, please use the contact form below, email Przy4MichiganCity@gmail.com or call (219) 879-5260.

For City Council and City of Michigan City related questions/inquiries, you may also use Don’s city email address dprzybylinski@emichigancity.com.
Please do not use this city email address for election/campaign related communications.


Who funds this website and Don’s campaign for re-election?

All of Don Przybylinski’s re-election campaign efforts are funded and executed by Don, his wife Jinny and their team of volunteers.

Don does not accept re-election campaign funds from any individual, business, group, club or organization.
Don asks that any individuals interested in supporting his efforts to build a better Michigan City make a donation to The Salvation Army of Michigan City.


Can I make a financial contribution to Don’s re-election campaign?

Don does not accept re-election campaign funds from any individual, business, group, club or organization.

Don has asked that in lieu of making a financial contribution to support his re-election campaign, any individuals interested in supporting his efforts to build a better Michigan City make their donation to The Salvation Army of Michigan City. Please contact The Salvation Army directly to make a donation.


I need help. How can I find help in Michigan City?

Please visit our Community Resources page to find links to organizations who provide support to citizens in times of need.

You may reach Don at his city email address dprzybylinski@emichigancity.com or call (219) 879-5260.
Please do not use this city email address for election/campaign related communications.


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Don Przybylinski has served with distinction as a Common Council Member At-Large for the people of Michigan City. Don is leading initiatives for more efficient city government spending that focuses on prosperity for all. He supports incentives that attract new business developments and expand existing businesses that will offer a living wage to Michigan City workers. He is working to expand the Promise Scholarship Program and create more workforce development opportunities for Michigan City youth. Don continues to support funding for infrastructure improvements to streets and sidewalks in previously underserved neighborhoods, and welcomes the arts, artists, makers and entrepreneurs to enhance and beautify our city. Don believes strongly in the power of community and works collaboratively toward solutions for violent crime, safety issues, resource inequities and barriers to prosperity for our citizens.

Vote for Don Przybylinski for City Council Member At-Large on May 7

 
 

Register to vote, check your voting status and find your voting place. Visit indianavoters.in.gov.

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CONNECT WITH DON

As your Council Member At-Large, Don works every day to ensure your needs and interests are being well represented in city government. In order to ensure his work best serves the community, Don is committed to engaging with every individual - resident, business owner, stakeholder and visitor - in Michigan City who wishes to speak with him and have their concerns, opinions, hopes and aspirations for themselves, their families and our community heard and acknowledged. Everyone’s voice is important and deserves to be heard.

 

YOUR COUNCIL MEMBER AT-LARGE

To connect with Don as your Council Member At-Large regarding a current need or interest in Michigan City, please call Don’s home at (219) 879-5260 or email dprzybylinski@emichigancity.com.

Don invites you to attend the meetings of the Michigan City Common Council on the first and third Tuesday of every month at 6:30 PM CST in the Council Chambers at City Hall located at 100 East Michigan Boulevard in Michigan City. At the beginning of each meeting, the Council will hear from anyone in attendance who wishes to speak to the Council Members and often opens the floor for public comment as the Council conducts its business of governance.

Everyone is welcome to attend the Council meetings and have their voice heard.

 

YOUR CANDIDATE FOR RE-ELECTION

To connect with Don and the members of the Committee to Elect Don Przybylinski, please use the contact form below or send an email to Przy4MichiganCity@gmail.com. You can also reach Don or his wife and campaign treasurer Jinny at their home by calling (219) 879-5260.

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