A group of local Democrats believe that having a Democratic Election Headquarters during the recent campaigns was such a positive experience, they were willing to reach into their wallets and fund a Democratic Information Center through 2013.

The new Democratic Information Center will be located at 110 S. First St. in Lehighton (across from the Senior High Rise) in the same location as the former Democratic Headquarters. An opening celebration will be held on Saturday, Jan. 19, from 2-4 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Interested supporters are invited.

Carol OBrien, a member of the steering committee, said, "Every election year we scramble around to find a headquarters only to clean it out after the election and then find another location for the next election. By keeping a functioning office open, we will have an established location for volunteers to gather and for the use of candidates who are running in 2013."

The Center will initially open on Thursdays and Fridays from 1-4 p.m. The Center is also open by arrangement for meetings, events or training sessions. Volunteers who want to be involved may call the Center at 610-377-5178.