July 2, 2014

Chester County members of the PA State Democratic Committee

The following were elected to State Committee on May 20, 2014 or subsequently appointed. CCDC Chair Brian McGinnis is also ex officio a member of State Committee. The next election for State Committee will be in May 2018; members serve for 4 years and meet 3 times a year. For more on State Committee see here; for its caucuses, see here.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABarbara Cooper. Barbara E. Cooper lives and serves as a Democratic Committee Person in West Goshen. President of AFSCME Local Union 2345 WCU since 1989. Delegate to Democratic National Convention 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2008, 2012. Served on Democratic State Committee since 1986. Two-term Chester County Jury Commissioner. Past Secretary to CCDC and Democratic Women’s Club. Family includes children and grandchildren as well as many other family members.

 

victoriaVicki Damiani. In 2010, Vicki was an Organizing for America (OFA) neighborhood team leader and member of the Main Line core team. She has been a committee person and now Zone Leader in East Whiteland. She organized volunteers for Bill Holmes’ successful re-election campaign for supervisor in 2013. With OFA she has planned events on the Affordable Care Act and gun violence prevention. She is a member of the Chester County Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence and the Chester County Department of Children, Youth and Families Advisory Board. She holds degrees from Beaver College (now Arcadia University), West Chester University, and William and Mary (doctorate in school psychology 1994). She attended training sessions with the Obama campaign, OFA, PA Health Access Network, CeaseFirePA, and Keystone Progress. She was a school psychologist in the Great Valley School District from 1979-1981. She wrote Crisis Prevention and Intervention in the Classroom: What Teachers Should Know (2010) and was professor of educational and school psychology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania for 16 years. “One of the main things I learned from working on the Obama campaign is that there is no substitute for hard work. Going door to door, making phone calls, reminding people of the importance of their vote and the capabilities of our candidates, all are essential if we want to elect people who will make a difference. Those who are willing to run for office deserve a support system that is energetic and enthusiastic, a system that keeps an eye on the future and doesn’t quit. That means developing an infrastructure that fosters volunteer involvement between presidential elections and welcomes young people to join us.”

Lani FrankLani Frank
Facebook. Since 2010 Lani has been a member of State Committee, whose Progressive Caucus, which she co-founded and serves as Vice Chair, passed resolutions for a fracking moratorium, marriage equality, preservation and protection of Medicare and Social Security, early voting, online voter registration and voting, and voter-verified paper ballots. In 2005-08 she co-founded and was Executive Director of the Chester County Democracy Caucus (2CDC). In 2007 she was PA Political Director of the Progressive Majority. She has managed, directed or coordinated many campaigns: 2009 Carolyn Comitta for Mayor of West Chester, 2008 and 2006 Barbara McIlvaine Smith for PA House; 2007 Jennifer Levy-Tatum for Chesco Court of Common Pleas, 2006 Andy Dinniman for PA Senate, 2005 Alan Sandals for PA Senate, 2004 Chesco Coordinated Campaign, 2003 Lynda Farrell for County Commissioner Candidate. Since 2007 she has been a member of the Chesco Democratic Executive Committee. In Easttown she was a Democratic Committee Person (2002-2013, Pct 195) and Zone Leader (2003-2004). She volunteered in 2002 for Ed Rendell for Governor and Dan Wofford for Congress. Lani is CFO of Whirled Peace Frozen Yogurt, established 2010, currently with 3 locations in the Greater Philadelphia Area. If reelected to State Committee, Lani will continue to represent the will of Chesco Democrats and will work to make the Democratic party more open and accountable to all its members.

SMarkstein2Stephanie Markstein Stephanie Phillips Markstein became active in Chester County politics in 2000. She was a founding member of the local progressive group 2CDC and worked for the Kerry campaign. In 2006 she was elected a committeeperson and Vice Chair of the WC Democratic Committee. She was the Volunteer Coordinator in Barbara McIlvaine-Smith’s successful runs for the State House seat in 2006 and 2008. Stephanie was a co-team leader for the Obama campaign. She wrote and performed “Yes We Can,” which became the campaign’s unofficial Chester County theme song. In 2010, Stephanie became WC Democratic Chair. In 2012 she was Bret Binder’s Volunteer Coordinator in his 156th State House district bid. In 2013, Stephanie helped secure favorable results for all four Democratic candidates for Borough Council races and for the bipartisan team for WCASD school board. Stephanie has helped lead the Borough to an almost 2-1 Democrats to Republicans registration advantage. She champions local Democratic issues, including historic preservation, public schools (which her two daughters attend), and the rights of the disadvantaged. Her conviction that politics begins at the local level drives her efforts to bring more people into the Democratic fold and to involve them in the community. In running for Democratic State Committee, Stephanie is committed to making Chester County residents aware of the Democratic process at the state level and how it affects their local communities.

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Pielli2Chris Pielli.
I have served as a committee person and recent judicial candidate. My public service experience includes a focus on our children’s education and the welfare of our veteran population. As a member of the Democratic State Committee I will serve you and our party with diligence and dedication. I am a longtime resident of Chester County and a product of our local schools, having graduated from East High School in 1984. I attribute my success to the love and strong support of my wife of eighteen years, Christine Fernandes, who also serves our party as a local committee person. We are the proud parents of two wonderful children. My goal is to help turn Chester County “Blue” before the end of this decade. Republican mismanagement threatens all that we as hard-working Pennsylvanians work for. Our schools are threatened, our jobs have left, our basic right to vote is under attack, and our political districts have been shamefully gerrymandered. It is more crucial than ever to lead our county and Commonwealth towards a more progressive, fair and just future. Background: ATTORNEY; VETERAN, U.S. ARMY; PROGRAM MANAGER – HOMELESS VETERAN REINTEGRATION PROGRAM – CHESTER COUNTY OIC; VOLUNTEER TEACHER – Philadelphia School District Summer School – TFA program; CHESTER COUNTY PUBLIC DEFENDER; CHESTER COUNTY CORRECTIONAL OFFICER & COUNSELOR; CHESTER COUNTY COURT ARBITRATOR; PAST DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE FOR MAGISTERIAL DISTRICT JUDGE.

Bill ScottBill Scott. Bill volunteered to work for the Chester County Democratic Party for the first time in 1964 – making this his 50th year as an active Chester County Democrat. Previous to that he was a member of Citizens for Kennedy in 1960 and President of the Rutgers College Democrats (New Brunswick). Bill has long years of service on both the County and State Committees and on their Executive Committees. He has been a District and a Zone Leader, a Delegate to the National Convention, and nominee for County Commissioner. Bill is now in his third term on the West Chester Borough Council and has served a term as President of that body. He has participated in the campaigns of Democratic candidates in every election cycle. As a current member of the State Committee, Bill makes every effort to best represent us. He was the only one of our State delegation who voted to endorse Joe Sestak for Senate. Although not required, Bill has repeatedly informed us about upcoming State Committee meetings to the extent that he could and he will continue to do so. Bill Scott states that the most important reason to vote for him for state Committee is his decades-long service as a precinct Committeeperson.

Van MolHans van Mol. Hans, of the next generation of Democratic leadership, respected and trusted by all. He values hard work, respect, responsibility, and obligation. This forms his commitment to serving all while finding solutions to crucial issues. His political background includes his candidacies in 2015 for Chester County Recorder of Deeds and in 2016 for PA House District 157. A West Chester University (Music Ed.) grad, he works as an Inventory Manager at JWPepper in Exton. He also is a high school band director and Tri-County umpire. Hans was the youngest President of the Chester County Pops Orchestra, and presided over their capital campaign, modernized their operations and increased patronage. Through efficient budgeting, he enacted a wage increase for each musician. A resident of Tredyffrin, he proudly serves the Chester County Democratic Committee as their Parliamentarian.