Executive Officers & Subcommittee Chairs

Executive Officers:

Chair: Jewel Dickson
Vice-Chair: Les Thackston
Secretary:  Ellen Roy
Treasurer:  Noel Bickford
State Committeeman: Jim Gangitano
State Committeewoman:   Joan Lane

Subcommittee Chairs:

Diversity & Inclusion – Barbara Girtman

Works in concert with the Florida Democratic Party Diversity & Inclusion Committee on commons goals and initiatives.

Audit – Noel Bickford

In accordance with Florida Law and the Bylaws of the Florida Democratic Party, designates a qualified examiner (who is not a member of the Executive Committee) to perform an annual audit of the financial records of the Executive Committee, and reports the results of the audit to the Executive Committee. Notwithstanding any provisions to the contrary, no officer or member of the Finance / Ways and Means Committee may be a member of the Audit Committee.

Campaign – Jack Wrightington and Les Thackston, co-chairs

Responsible for directing the general election campaign in support of all Democratic nominees. Prepares and submits a campaign plan to the Executive Committee no later than six (6) months before each primary election.  The committee may, upon approval of the Executive Committee, assist with campaigns of registered Democrats running in nonpartisan elections, provided said assistance is available equally to each Democratic candidate in such election.

Finances / Ways & Means – Noel Bickford & Danielle Neetz

Studies, reports, recommends and implements ways and means of raising funds for the purpose of maintaining this organization and furthering the purposes thereof; also recommends an annual operating budget for consideration of the Executive Committee, and a campaign budget after consultation with the Campaign Committee.

Information Technology – Ellen Roy

Responsible for developing technological strategies that enhance the goals of the Executive Committee.

Membership & Credentials –  Sally Garcia & Sue Guenther

Responsible for ascertaining and approving the credentials of the members of the Executive Committee and of every person attending as a proxy for a member, and reports its findings to the Executive Committee, including a declaration of offices deemed vacant pursuant to Florida Law.  The Chair of the committee, or a formally vested designee, is responsible for certifying and announcing a quorum present at every meeting or special meeting of the Executive Committee.

Outreach – Susanne Raines

Identifies constituency groups outside the purview of the Affirmative Action Committee who are historically and philosophically aligned with Democratic tenets, and develops a strategy for working with these groups with the goals of increasing party membership and establishing cooperative activities and programs.

Public Relations/Communications – Jewel Dickson

Publicizes the activities, policies and aims of the Executive Committee, supervises the production of all publications and literature necessary or helpful in advancing the Party’s causes, and maintains the VCDP’s website,  Wayne Dickson & Dana Dunmire, co-editors, publish the DEC newsletter.

Rules – Jim Gangitano

Responsible for studying the rules (state statutes, State Democratic Party Charter and Bylaws, Volusia County Democratic Execute Committee bylaws, policies, etc.) of the Executive Committee and report to the Committee any changes in rules deemed necessary or advisable.  The chair of the Rules Committee serves as Parliamentarian to the Executive Committee.

Training & Education –  Barbara Grimm & Jewel Dickson

Promulgates and disseminates materials necessary for precinct committee persons to perform their duties within their precincts and shall develop and implements programs for teaching precinct committee persons in the use of the materials provided.

Voter Registration – Barbara Grimm

Responsible for organizing voter registration drives for the purpose of registering Democratic voters.

Young Democrats – Kairo Joseph

Works with the Florida Young Democrats caucus to encourage youth involvement in Democratic activities, provide assistance to, and act as liaison for Young Democratic and College Democrat Chapters within Volusia County.

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