Current CCDC leaders were elected at the Reorganization Convention on June 15, 2018, except that Alex Teplyakov replaced Nick Allen as Secretary in 2020 and Charlotte Valyo replaced Wayne Braffman as Caucus Chair in March, 2019.
Before becoming CCDC Chair, Dick served on CCDC’s five-member Executive Board, where he witnessed the blistering 2016 defeats and the historic 2017 Chester County Row Office wins. His philosophy is a simple one: to spearhead communications that motivate, voters who vote, and candidates who win. To succeed in the 2018 midterm elections and beyond, he envisions the County Committee as “fundamentally a bottom-up organization where our zones and our committeepersons are our most important resource.” In addition to being Chair, he serves as committeeperson in East Marlborough, having led the very active Kennett Area Dems as its Zone Leader. His motto as Chair of the ever-growing County Dems is “not to do everything; but make sure everything gets done.” A retired DuPont chemist, Dick holds a Ph.D. in organic chemistry.
Marsha’s love for politics began in college, where she majored in political science and campaigned during the NH and MD Presidential primaries. She moved to Chester County in 1990 and settled in Berwyn, then East Whiteland, where she joined Zone 13 Dems. At the time it was just a handful of volunteers. Today it is one of the most active in the county with all of its candidates winning this past November! Marsha served as Zone Leader while sitting on both the CCDC’s Strategic Planning Committee and CCDC’s Communications Committee. Communications is her specialty. Marsha’s “day job” involves writing for a national PR agency specializing in toys. She began her career as an entertainment publicist – as PR Director for an Atlantic City casino, the press agent for the Valley Forge Music Fair, and as a TV producer at 6abc.
Elva Bankins Baxter
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 Board of Supervisors in 2015 and serves on several boards, including the Chester County Women’s Commission and the Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee.
Alex 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, and looks forward to bringing fresh perspective and energy to the Chester County Democratic Committee.
Chair of the Zone Leader Caucus
Charlotte was elected Chair of the Zone Leader Caucus on March 27, 2019. She is also chair of zone 11, the Northern Chester County Democratic Committee, which includes Schuylkill and East Pikeland Townships and Spring CIty. Charlotte wants to promote transparency and timely communication between the CCDC Executive Board and the Zone Leader Caucus. Charlotte considers it an honor to serve as chair of the ZLC and invites suggestions from all.
CCDC District Leaders
One for each of the PA House of Representatives districts is appointed after each 4-year reorganization, most recently held in June 2018.
District 13: Richard Ruggieri
District 26: Pam Hacker
District 74: Ricky Campbell
District 155: Alexa Manning
District 156: Nancy Lorback
District 157: Alex Teplyakov
District 158: John Hellmann
District 160: Whitney Hoffman
District 167: Fred Kirschbaum
CCDC Zone Leaders
For CCDC Zone Leaders and Asistant Zone Leaders, see here, click on the zone, and choose “More.”
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