State Committee Members
Members of the Democratic State Committee:
(Collegeville) Andrea Baptiste has been a member of the State Committee since 2011. A lifetime Montgomery County resident, Baptiste grew up in Norristown, attended local schools and earned a BA degree in History from Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio. Baptiste was elected to the Collegeville Borough Council and served from 2007 to 2011. In 2010, she ran for PA State House in the 150th District. Baptiste is a member of the Steering Committee for the Collegeville Borough Sustainability Plan for the Montgomery County Planning Commission, and since 2008 has served as a Board member for the Collegeville Economic Development Corporation (CEDC), a non-profit group which oversees Collegeville’s Main Street Program. She also co-chairs the CEDC’s Economic Restructuring Committee.
(Hatfield) Scott Brown has been a member of the Hatfield Township Board of Commissioners since 2004 and is currently serving as the president of board. Brown has served on the Board of Directors of the National Education Association and chaired many education committees. His background of educational advocacy has helped him provide political strategies to various school board campaigns. Serving as a union president and chief negotiator, Brown has a strong political philosophy of pro-education and pro-labor.
(Horsham) Patrick Costello has served on State Committee since 2008. He is a committee person representing Horsham 1-3 and co-chair of the Horsham Democratic Committee. Costello is current employed as a real estate agent for Re/max Realty. He is a former member of the Philadelphia Building trades and has strong ties to labor unions. His activities include serving as president of the Jack Costello Boxing Club and he is a member of the AOH div 39. Costello is married to Lori, and has 3 children and 2 grandchildren.
(Upper Dublin) Deborah Crowe has served on State Committee since 2006 and is a member of the Issues Committee and Women’s Caucus. Crowe is leader of Area 6. She has advocated for increased communication between voters, committee people, and candidates to make informed decisions. Her background in management and consulting has provided Crowe with the communication skills necessary to facilitate those connections. Her activities include volunteering with City Cares and speaking at various international associations including Kiwanis and Rotary clubs.
(Jenkintown) Shirley Curry has served on State Committee since 1972. She believes her extensive experience on the committee is an asset in numerous ways, including developing and fostering strong relationships with members of the committee from counties across the state. Locally she is chair of the Jenkintown Democrats. She has served as chair of the Damsker-Hoeffel 2007 campaign, and currently serves as chair of the Hoeffel 2010 campaign. Curry has helped conduct schools for candidates across the state and prides herself on the committee’s ability to select good candidates for state-wide public office. She also enjoys working on issues affecting women and the environment.
Mary Jo Daley
(Narberth) Mary Jo Daley has served on State Committee since 2006, and is a member of the Women’s Caucus and the Executive Committee. She is co-chair of the Lower Merion and Narberth Democrats and a committee person. Daley has extensive experience in local politics and since 2002 has served as president of Narberth Council. She believes State Committee offers members a forum to learn more about candidates, and is an excellent platform to exchange ideas about local Democratic politics.
(Upper Gwynedd) Ruth Damsker served two terms as Montgomery County Commissioner, and three terms as Cheltenham Township Finance Officer, a total service in elective office of almost 20 years. She is seeking the Democratic nomination for State Senate in the 12th District. She understands the importance of a strong Democratic Party structure in Montgomery County. She has attended State Committee meetings in the past as a proxy, is a member of the State Democratic Women’s Caucus, and will strive toward strengthening party organization, communication, and transparency.
(Whitpain) Penny Gerber, a long-time local committee person, has served on State Committee since 1997. She serves as Vice-Chair of the State Party. She served as chair of the SE Caucus and built a co-operative structure within the caucus’ seven counties that strengthened the influence of the SE PA delegations. Her leadership of the caucus helped many state-wide candidates garner support in SE PA. She recognizes the strength of the Montgomery County delegation and places a high-value on sharing her knowledge with fellow Democrats to help party build.
(Plymouth) Vince Gillen has been a member of the Plymouth Township Council since 2006.Prior to serving as an elected official he was chair of the Plymouth Democrats and a Plymouth committee person.He has been effective at party building at the local level, helping Democrats take the majority on the Plymouth Council for the first time in fifty years.Gillen believes that he can bring a new perspective to State Committee with regards to strengthening the Democratic base and bringing in new voters.
D. Bruce Hanes
(Cheltenham) D. Bruce Hanes has served on State Committee since 2002.He is currently the Register of Wills and Clerk of the Orphans Court of Montgomery County, having been elected to the position in 2007.Hanes is co-chair of the Cheltenham Democratic Committee and a committee person in Cheltenham.He believes that the Montgomery County State Committee delegation has become a model for other counties in the state, and that his experience in building relationships with other members across the state has contributed to that success.
D. Gregory Holt
(Abington) D. Gregory Holt has been a member of State Committee since 1994.He served as Democratic Jury Commission of Montgomery County from 2007 to 2009.He has served as a committee person and as Area 8 Leader.Holt prides himself on his perfect attendance at State Committee meetings for the past 8 years, as well as on his success in building relationships with fellow committee members.He has acted as a proxy for the Chairman at the County Chairs meeting and as a proxy at the State Committee Executive Committee meeting.Holt’s consistent work as a State Committee member has strengthened the status of the Montgomery County delegation, and he was just elected to the State’s Executive Committee.
(Lower Merion) Murray Levin has served on State Committee since 2006.He is a committed Democrat, who seeks to work for, speak for, and as far as possible, embody the principles of the Democratic Party including equal opportunity, civil rights, enlightened internationalism and responsible stewardship of our planet’s resources.Levin’s political experience includes being a candidate for U.S. Senate, chairman of the Lower Merion and Narberth Democratic Committee, and attendance at the DNC in 2000 and 2004.
(Cheltenham) Steve McCarter has served on State Committee since 2010. He has been an active Democrat for more than 25 years working on or managing several local campaigns and is currently serving as the Cheltenham Democratic Committee Co-Chair. He also served as the Political Director of MCDC from 2008-2009. He was a local and Mideastern Region President of the Pennsylvania State Education Association for many years. He has been a strong advocate for labor issues, public education, and development of the Party from the ground up. He has been honored with awards from both Cheltenham Democrats and Area 154 as Democrat of the Year.
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(Hatfield) Dottie Miller was appointed to State Committee in September 2010. She currently serves as the Secretary for Area 5. She believes the energy of voters in the Democratic Party in Montgomery County can be a driving force for the country. Dottie has served as the president of the Merck Independent Union since 1990. She is a college instructor at night and volunteers for the YMCA and Boy Scouts. As a supporter of veterans and working families, she champions these causes and believes the Democratic Party is the best advocate for these two groups. Democrat work is family work for the Millers, which include husband Bob and son Bobby.
(Abington) Caren Moskowitz has served on State Committee since 2002.Locally she is a committee person in Abington and has served as secretary of the of the Montgomery County Democratic Committee.Moskowitz believes that being a team player is an important part of being a member of the delegation, and has consistently put the interests of the county first. She has helped give the delegation a strong presence in the SECaucus, and was just elected Vice Chair of the caucus. She was a delegate to the DNC in 2000.
(Lower Merion) Anne Umbrecht was appointed to State Committee in September 2010. Hailing from Bradford County with a background in tax law and instruction, Anne currently serves as a Lower Merion committee person, Area 13 Executive Board member and Area 13 representative to MCDC. Reflecting her particular concerns about poverty and environmental protection, Anne’s activities include local volunteer chair of the Fresh Air Fund (which unites disadvantaged children with summer host families) and board member of Conservation Voters PA.
Wendell Young, IV
(Lower Providence) Wendell Young, IV,has served on State Committee since 2006. He is president of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1776 and International Vice President of the UFCW International. Young is dedicated to electing Democratic candidates at all levels of government. He has proven experience as a field representative, organizer, and lead negotiator, helping working families secure affordable child care and educational benefits. Young believes his work in a large diverse labor organization is a valuable asset to the state committee delegation.
Marcel L. Groen, Esq., Chairman