Welcome to the Wells County Democratic Party website.

Upholding our Democratic beliefs and values in Wells County, Indiana, and the City of Bluffton and towns of Ossian, Uniondale, Markle, Zanesville, Poneto, VeraCruz, and Liberty Center.

Our headquarters is located at 119 S. Johnson St. Bluffton, IN.

Elected Officials

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Ted Ellis, Mayor
City of Bluffton

    Ted Ellis is a native of Bluffton, Indiana, and was elected Mayor in 1995 after serving nine years on the Wells County Council.  He is a graduate of Indiana University with a degree in economics. 

    Ellis is the elected treasurer of United Cities and Local Governments, the international association representing local and regional governments and their national associations.  He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the National League of Cities and is vice-chair and permanent member of its Advisory Council, having chaired its Information Technology and Communications Committee and its International Council.  He was the recipient of a John J. McCloy fellowship in Urban Affairs to study city issues in Germany.  He is past president of Indiana Association of Cities and Towns. Ted is a founding member of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership.  He was named a “Sagamore of the Wabash” by the Governor of Indiana.  The Indiana Association of Cities and Towns awarded him the Russell Lloyd Award for “outstanding contributions to local government.”

    He is past president of the Bluffton Free Street Fair Association.  Ted is Moderator of the First Baptist Church in Bluffton and past board member of the American Baptist Churches of Indiana. He serves on the boards of the Ossian State Bank, Bluffton Regional Medical Center and the Wells County Foundation.  He is a life member of the American Mensa Society.

    Ted’s wife, Marge, is a native of Holland, Michigan.  They have four children and five grandchildren.


Jim Phillabaum
Bluffton City Council, 4th District

    Jim has lived in Bluffton since 1946.  He became a City Council member in 1976 and has continued to serve on the council since that time.  He is currently serving as President of the council, and as a member of the Board of Public Works & Safety.

    He holds a degree in accounting from International Business College and the professional designation of Associate of Risk Management from the American Institute of Insurance.

    Jim is a member of First United Methodist Church of Bluffton where he has served on several boards and committees.  He served in the US Navy and is a member of American

    Legion Post 111.  Jim served on the board of Wells Community Theater and he and his wife managed the Wells Community Theater box office for several years. He currently assists his wife with the Wells County Alzheimer’s Support Group and Kate’s Kitchen.

    He was employed by North American Van Lines, Inc., at the corporate level, from 1971 until 2002.  At the time of his retirement he held the position of Vice President of Insurance Subsidiaries and Manager of Corporate Insurance and Risk Management. Jim currently works part time as a life and health insurance agent and a greater at Thoma/Rich, Chaney and Lemler Funeral Home. 

    Jim and his wife Joy have been married for 46 years.  They have two daughters Jill and Jada and a son John.  They also have two grandchildren Megan and Nathan.