CCDC officers are selected by the Chester County Democratic Committee following the election of Committeepersons at the primary election of gubernatorial election years (most recently May 2018). Any vacancies are filled by the CCDC Executive Committee. The 5 officers meet regularly as the party’s Executive Board.

Chair Charlotte Valyo was elected on June 9, 2021. A resident of Schuylkill Township, she was previously chair of zone 11, the Northern Chester County Democratic Committee, which includes Schuylkill and East Pikeland Townships and Spring CIty. She was Chair of the Zone Leader Caucus from 2019 until her election as CCDC Chair.

Vice Chair Jerry Pyne, of East Whiteland Township, previously served as CCDC’s Systems Administrator and as Zone 13 East (Whiteland/Charlestown Dems) Zone Leader. He was elected on June 9, 2021.

Secretary Alex Teplyakov, Secretary since 2020, is currently Chief of Staff for PA State Rep. Joe Ciresi in Spring City, and previously worked for State Reps Greg Vitali and Mark Painter. He is passionate about public transportation options, and coaches high school mock trial in his spare time. Alex lives in Phoenixville.

Treasurer Elva Bankins Baxter has, for the past 15+ years, 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 Board of Supervisors in 2015 and serves on several boards, including the Chester County Women’s Commission. She became CCDC Treasurer in January, 2021.

Theresa Soja was elected Chair of the Zone Leader Caucus on June 9, 2021. A resident of West Bradford township and zone leader for the Bradford Democrats (Zone 7), Theresa has been a committee person since 2017. She is a graduate of West Chester University. Theresa believes Chester County is a wonderful place to live, filled with diverse people, and would like to continue our efforts to make our party a reflection of all those voices.


(One District Leader is named for each of the PA House of Representatives districts in Chester County.)

District 13: Ajay Talwar email

District 26: Pam Hacker email

District 74: Ricky Campbell email

District 156: Nancy Lorback email

District 157: Alex Teplyakov email

District 158: Kevin Houghton email

District 160:

District 167: Susan Drummond email


Audit Committee: Mary McCracken
Bylaws Committee: Elizabeth Swain
Candidate Recruitment and Development Committee: Russ Phifer
Communications Committee: Bill Phifer
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Committee: Carrie Stare
Labor Advisory Board: John Hellmann
Planning Committee: David Rhoads
Property Management: Jim Salvas

CCDC Zone Leaders and Assistant Zone Leaders

See here, click on the zone, and choose “More.”


See PA Dem State Committee members here


37 South High St.
    West Chester, PA 19382

(610) 692-5811

email CCDC


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