Committees

The information below is subject to change. Please see Dr. Thripp’s statement on the home page about Jewel Dickson being the new party Chair, effective June 13, 2021. All committee assignments are at her discretion.

The following 12 standing sub-committees (“committees”) are defined in the bylaws of the Volusia County Democratic Executive Committee (DEC), which is the legal entity that constitutes the Volusia County Democratic Party. Each committee, except the Audit Committee, must meet at least once per quarter and publicize the date, time, and location of meetings to members of the DEC a week in advance. All committee chairs and members are appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the DEC Chair pursuant to section 3.5 of the DEC bylaws.

If you are a party member interested in serving on a committee, please complete this Google Form. Other inquiries should be directed to Chair Jewel Dickson, chair@volusiademocrats.org.


Steering Committee

Members: Jewel Dickson, Susanne Raines, Evans Smith, Matt MazerKirk Hall, Telcyn Smith, Clifton Roby, Scott ClearyTanreka Smith, William Bliss, John NavarraJacob Zimmerman, Leonard Lempel, Susan Vaughen, Gary Wilkins, Ellen Wintermuth, Karen FrancisDana Dunmire

Shall be composed of the officers of the Volusia County Democratic Executive Committee, the chairs or their designee of all standing sub-committees, and Presidents or their designee of all chartered Democratic Clubs in Volusia County. The Steering Committee oversees and constructs the policies and activities of the Committee and shall have the authority to make decisions between meetings of the Executive Committee, which are consistent with these bylaws and policies set forth by the Executive Committee. The Steering Committee is responsible for the administration and internal affairs of the Executive Committee. The Steering Committee shall meet at the call of the Chair.


Rules Committee

Chair and Parliamentarian of the Volusia County Democratic Party: Matt Mazer

Members: James Gangitano, Daniel Vaughen

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


Membership and Credentials Committee

Chair: Kirk Hall

Members: Elizabeth Atlee Hall, Evans Smith, Valerie Duhl, Robert Reinhagen

Responsible for ascertaining and approving the credentials of the members of the Volusia County Democratic Party and of every person attending as a proxy for a member, and reports its findings to the Volusia County Democratic Party, 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 Volusia County Democratic Party.


Audit Committee

Chair: Telcyn Smith

Members: Tyran Basil, David Freeman, William Paxton, Nicodemus Schoenwald, Ozzie Zapien

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 Volusia County Democratic Party, and reports the results of the audit to the Volusia County Democratic Party. 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 Committee

Chair: Vacant

Members: Brooke Alexander, Suraiya Basil, William Bliss, Matthew Burnette, Patrick Burnette, Scott Cleary, Joyce Cusack, Karen Francis, Danny Fuqua, Leah Goodwin, Emily Humphrey, Meghan Townsend

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


Diversity and Inclusion Committee [Defined in bylaws as Affirmative Action Committee]

Chair: Clifton Roby

Members: Robert Azzarito, Suraiya Basil, Patrick Burnette, Jewel Dickson, Karen Francis, Danny Fuqua, Leah Goodwin, Miriam Hughey-Guy, Sarah Jones, Jacqueline Kelly, Kyleigh Morris, Kathleen Paro, Jessica Reehl, Alyce Shelton, Rob Trombetta, Paul Weiss

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


Education Committee

Chair: Scott Cleary

Members: Robert Azzarito, William Bliss, Jewel Dickson, Miriam Hughey-Guy, Lindsey Ives, Devon Morris, Kyleigh Morris, Susan Park, Stephanie Reamer, Jessica Reehl

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.


Finance / Ways and Means Committee

Chair: Tanreka Smith

Members: T. Wayne Bailey, Emily Humphrey

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


Information Technology Committee

Chair: William Bliss

Members: Brooke Alexander, Clayton Duhl, Greg Flynn, Miriam Hughey-Guy, Emily Humphrey, Michael Katz, Matthew Lizotte, Montana Schuler, Daniel Vaughen

Responsible for developing technological strategies that enhance the goals of the Volusia County Democratic Party.


Outreach Committee

Chair: Vacant

Members: William Bliss, Patrick Burnette, Joyce Cusack, Valerie Duhl, Karen Francis, Danny Fuqua, Leah Goodwin, Emily Humphrey, Chris Reynolds, Rob Trombetta

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 Committee

Chair: John Navarra

Members: Alicia Baith, William Bliss, Patrick Burnette, Marlo Duffy, Jan Fowler, Leah Goodwin, Devon Morris

Publicizes the activities, policies and aims of the Volusia County Democratic Party, supervises the production of all publications and literature necessary or helpful in advancing the Party’s causes, and maintains the VCDP’s website.


Young Democrats Committee

Chair: Jacob Zimmerman

Members: Alicia Baith, Jayme Baith, Tyler Brinson, Patrick Burnette, Leah Goodwin, Kyleigh Morris, Stephanie Reamer, Jack Talley, Ozzie Zapien

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.


Non-Standing Committees: The committees below were created by former Chair Thripp under section 3.4 of our bylaws but are not standing committees because they are not written into section 3.1 of our bylaws.

Prosperity for Everyone Committee

Chair: John Navarra

Members: Judy Asbury, Jack Talley

Develops strategies to address and raise awareness of poverty and lack of opportunity in Volusia County’s disadvantaged and minority communities.

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Voter Registration Committee

Chair: Maryann Thomas

Members: Judy Asbury, Patrick Burnette, Andy Frostman, Leah Goodwin, Barbara Grimm, Edward Huber, Sarah Jones, Jacqueline Kelly, William Paxton, Chris Reynolds, Alyce Shelton, Jack Talley, Cory Trusty

Responsible for organizing and executing voter registration initiatives, including training voter registration agents, operations, and compliance.


This page was last updated June 13th, 2021.