The following were elected to State Committee on May 15, 2018, or subsequently appointed to an opening. Members serve for 4 years and meet 3 times a year. The CCDC Chair is also ex officio a member of State Committee. For more on State Committee see here; for its caucuses, see here.
Elva Bankins Baxter. For the past 15+ years, Elva has been actively engaged in voter outreach and engagement. A 30-year resident of Chester County, she has lived in Tredyffrin Township for 25 years. She is a business owner, and works as an executive coach, career coach, and leadership consultant. She ran for Tredyffrin Township Supervisor Board of Supervisors in 2015 and serves on several boards, including the Chester County Women’s Commission.
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 of CCDC and Democratic Women’s Club. Family includes children and grandchildren as well as many others.
John Hellman III became a Precinct Committee Person in 2002 and has continued to serve including acting Zone Leader for the West Goshen, PA 156th District Leader, and 158th District Leader. In 2016, he was elected as a Sanders delegate to the DNC and has been part of many campaigns for Democrats for 18 years. A retired electrician, he is a member of the IBEW concerned about the attacks on working families and will fight for working people and the unions that stand for them.
Mary LaSota intends to carry the message of progressive values and an inclusive vision to the Pennsylvania State Democratic Committee. A practicing attorney, Mary has been involved with the Sunrise Rotary, PA Bar Association and is a member of the Brandywine Conservatory. Knocking on thousands of doors during her successful campaign for West Goshen Township Supervisor, she realized that her message of hope, new leadership and a fresh vision for Chester County was needed.
Lisa Longo is a parent, financial and business consultant with a degree in Accounting. Lisa has had her own business and in 2015 was elected to the Phoenixville Area School Board, where she had served on the Community Budget Advisory Committee. Her message is one of inclusion, diversity, and transparency; she has been invited to speak on topics ranging from the political to sustainable living, including business best practices, campaign management, education issues, and community development. She served as CCDC Treasurer in 2016-18.
Chris Pielli is proud and grateful to have served and supported Chester County the past 4 years as a member of the Democratic State Committee. He has helped turn our County blue by being only the second Democrat to win a seat on the West Goshen Board of Supervisors in 2015, and now serves as Chairman of the Board. Chris is a U.S. Army Veteran, an attorney, a Veterans advocate, and a proud husband and father. He pledges to return Pennsylvania to the progressive state it should be and to lead our county and commonwealth to a more fair and just future.
Bill Scott volunteered to work for the Chester County Democratic Party for the first time in 1964, so that he now marks over 50 years 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 Leader and Zone Leader, a Delegate to the Democratic National Convention, and nominee for County Commissioner. Bill is now in his fourth term on the West Chester Borough Council, on which he served a term as President. He has participated in campaigns in every election cycle. Bill makes every effort to best represent Chesco Dems and was the only member of our State delegation who voted to endorse Joe Sestak for Senate.
Michele Vaughn serves as Regional Director for the Pennsylvania Federation of Democratic Women and the Chair of the Chester County Democratic Women’s Leadership Initiative (CCDWLI). The organization was founded in 2015 to bring the issues that concern women, organized labor and working families to the forefront of the political process. Michele is especially proud of CCDWLI’s support and role in the 2017 historic elections of our four Chester County Row Officials. Michele would like to bring her experience leading CCDWLI to other counties across Pennsylvania by providing women an opportunity to be become engaged leaders in our communities, in the political process and in the Democratic party and Progressive movement. Michele also served as CCDC Vice-Chair from 2000-06 and Chair from 2006-14, and as an East Whiteland Township Supervisor from 1998-2003.
Hans van Mol personifies the younger generation of Democratic leadership. Hard work, respect, responsibility, and obligation motivate 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.