Mary Ellen Balchunis

Former Vice Chair of the Delaware County Democrats, former Congressional candidate in the “unconstitutional 7th CD”, former Vice Chair of the Upper Darby Democrats, current Vice Chair of the Women’s Democratic Club of Delaware County and member of Democratic State Committee. BA the University of Pennsylvania,  Masters in Public Administration and Ph.D. in Political Science from Temple University. I taught Political Science at La Salle University, and I am a Fulbright Scholar. I am also a Single Mom, former Nonprofit Executive, and former Assistant to Mayor Goode in Philadelphia.  

I am proud of what I have been able to accomplish on State Committee, especially my work with the Women’s Caucus where I drafted and introduced two resolutions. The first resolution is to increase the number of women in elective office in PA to 30% at the federal, state and local governments with “substantial funding” from the party. The second resolution is to address the problems of sexual harassment and discrimination. Both of these resolutions passed unanimously by the over 400 body.

Bonnee Bentum

Sharon J. Booker

As a Member of the Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee, representing Delaware County, I am committed to showing up, being an active participant in democracy, contributing to building the Democratic party, communicating and demonstrating democratic ideals, recruiting, vetting, financially supporting, and campaigning for Democratic candidates, political activism, voter education and registration, providing financial support to the democratic party. After you check my record, I humbly ask for you vote to re-elect me to continue to advocate for and represent Delaware County on May 15, 2018.....My ballot # is A46

Melissa Carden

Melissa Carden is a Delaware County mother, communications professional and advocate. She believes we need honest, hard-working women at the table helping to shape our families’ futures. She gets things done. She does not give up. She is a creative problem solver who believes in civility and compromise, and is hopeful that she can help make things better for our children.
Melissa’s work as a local leader with the Philadelphia area chapter for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America has inspired her to get more involved in the political system. She is a consensus and relationship builder, good listener and honest person, and represents Democratic values. For these reasons she is running for State Democratic Committee person.
She is an active member of the Wallingford Elementary School PTO, currently serves on the Events Committee for Nether Providence Democrats, is a member of the Democratic Women of Delaware County and is a Board Member of The Syria Fund, a non-profit that helps Syrian refuges living in Jordan.
She has spent many hours in Harrisburg over the past year advocating for common sense gun reform and has seen first hand the lack of female representation at all levels of government and the price we pay due to that lack of representation.
She is a strong believer in the words of Glennon Doyle of the Momastery blog – “There’s no such thing as other people’s children.”

Gina Curry

Gina H. Curry is an active social justice advocate for education, criminal justice reform and equality.

She earned her bachelors and masters degrees in Criminal Justice from St. Joseph’s University ; Has lived and raised her family in Delaware County for the last 20 years. Gina currently holds elected an position as School Board Director in Upper Darby School District and positions as an Upper Darby Committee Member and Women’s Democratic Club of Delaware County Executive Board Member.

Gina is interested in continuing work hard and stand up for equity, fairness and accountability by working for the residents of Delaware County. She has a strong interest in working on the African American, Women and Labor State Committee caucuses.

Angela D'Alessandro

Political Experience and History

Member – PA Democratic State Committee, elected 2010, 2014.  Initially appointed approx. 2007
Member – Upper Darby Democratic Committee since 1994
Chair – Upper Darby Democratic Committee (2001-2010)
First Vice Chair -- Upper Darby Democratic Committee (2017-2018, 1998-2001)
Secretary -- Upper Darby Democratic Committee (1995-1998)
Secretary – Delaware County Democratic Committee (2004-2006 approx)
Started as a volunteer approx. 1994, quickly became secretary of Upper Darby Democratic Committee
Volunteered at the county
Member – Delaware County Women’s Democratic Committee
Delaware County Women’s Democratic Committee “Pioneer Award” --2013

 

Professional Experience

PJM Interconnection, LLC | Norristown, PA                   
Business Continuity Planning Consultant 2010 – Present

Nationwide Insurance | Conshohocken, PA
Continuity Management Consultant 2006 -2010

Jean Davidson

Jean Davidson is currently co-chair of the Aston Democratic Committee and a Member of the Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee. Jean, a retired optician, has been active in the Delaware County Democratic Party for decades. In recent years, in addition to serving as a precinct committee member in Ridley and Aston Townships, Jean has done numerous activities in furtherance of the Party. Some of Jean's many commitments to the Democratic Party include her as Phone Bank Coordinator for Joe Sestak's 2006 campaign for Congress, Area Leader for Barack Obama's 2008 Presidential campaign, Office Manager for the Sestak for Senate Campaign, Chair of the Ridley Township Democratic Committee. In addition, Jean has served as Party Secretary serving on the Delaware County Democratic Party Leaders Council, Delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, and Delaware County Democratic Party Political Director.

Christine Delva

Monica Taylor

Dr. Monica Taylor is an Upper Darby School Board Director and Democratic committee women. She is currently a professor and program director at the University of Sciences in Philadelphia. Dr. Taylor is running for the Democratic state committee to represent Delaware County. She would like to increase the representation from the eastern side of the county at the State Committee level while also bringing the young adult point of view to the table. She believes that state committee should be a working force to progress the democratic party here in the commonwealth.
Caucuses of interest- Labor, Youth, and Women’s

Ross Anderson

Edward Brown

My name is Edward Brown and I am a candidate for PA State Committee. I consider the pursuit of a position on State Committee to be an extension of my proven dedication to the Party. Currently, I serve as an elected School Board Director in Upper Darby Township where I serve at the Vice-President of the Board. I am a married father of 3 and I have lived in Delaware County for 24 years. I work as a Sr. Systems Engineering Manager at Lockheed Martin Corporation. In addition, I am an Adjunct Instructor at Delaware County Community College. I have a Master’s Degree in Network Security and an MBA from Drexel University. I am the President of the non-profit organization called Men of Action Brothers of Faith which focuses on mentoring, education, and community improvement events. I have worked tireless to help Democratic Candidates get elected by canvassing, fundraising, donating and mentoring. On State Committee, I will work with my constituents to set the direction and goals of the Party and communicate that information back quickly to Party Leadership.

Brett Burman

Brett is a Delco native from a family that has lived in the county for four generations. Born at Crozer Hospital in 1985, he lived in Wallingford until he enrolled at Washington University in St. Louis, from which he earned a B.A. in Political Science and History. Upon graduating in 2008 Brett joined Teach for America, a two-year program that trains and places skilled graduates in teaching positions in high-poverty schools. From 2008-2010 he taught middle-school social studies in the Bronx. After finishing TFA, Brett returned home to join the Burman’s family businesses, then located in Media and Brookhaven (now in Aston). Among his many responsibilities was directing the government affairs department, where he lobbied in Harrisburg and Washington against anticompetitive trade practices which harm vulnerable patients and local small businesses. Brett continues to work in healthcare as an independent consultant for insurers and for regional providers in pharmacy and medical supplies.

Brett has always maintained a strong interest in politics and progressive policies. Over the past year he has done extensive volunteer work for the Delco Dems, particularly for the 2017 Delco Victory campaign. Brett’s efforts there included research into campaign finance, “pay-to-play”, and the workings of the GOP patronage machine; he also crafted policies for ethics and public health reform used in the campaign. Brett continues to actively work with our countywide elected officials to effect progressive reforms in these and other areas. He sees service on the state committee as an opportunity to build on these efforts and advocate at the state level for all Delco Democrats.

Jim Butt

I'm an Aerospace engineer, mathematician, senior manager, and father to a graduating Drexel engineer. 

What have I done for Dems? I helped bring new life and put new councilors on the RP council my 1st year in RP. My 2nd year in RP, I ran for state rep. My 3rd year in RP, I (with Colleen), I transformed training in DelcoDems and we're continuing to transform information sharing and volunteer engagement. Last year I helped work the numbers for an amazing set of County Council candidates. And in my 4th year in Delco, on top of training and volunteering, I helped make the PA5 convention a transparent, accountable success by making sure the voting was clean and clear. I've helped countless candidates and volunteers get trained, get help, and get elected. I've built more websites than I can remember. I'm proud to work with many folks to bring new energy and new leadership to Delco Dems.

What else have I done? I don't just work for the Dems, either. I'm a former school director, and I've been a community volunteer for 30 years in economic development, youth athletics, and education. I'm also currently a state and federal advocate for the Alzheimer's Association, having lost my wife to the disease last year.

Why do I want to serve on SC? I really just want to understand the whole process. I am privileged to understand politics in many channels of leadership, but not up through the party. I believe we need voices for volunteers and what brings volunteers into the process. It shouldn't be a mystery. It shouldn't be hard to figure out. We have a participative democracy at all levels and we need Delco to be represented at the state level by folks who just want everyone to participate effectively.

Pasquale Cipilloni

Bill Clinton

Mike DiEva

Michael DiEva started life in a middle-class, union labor home in New Jersey. The family broke apart violently, and he watched his now-single mother work two jobs and still have to rely on SNAP and the kindness of others to survive. Mike graduated high school with honors, but ran out of money a year into his college career and was forced to put his education on hold. Through a combination of some privilege and a little luck, Mike found a career in the “green-collar” workforce, and has worked with energy efficiency programs for nearly a decade, in both the private and non-profit worlds. He and his wife Amanda bought their home in the Beverly Hills section of Upper Darby in 2014. Mike was appointed to the Upper Darby Democratic Committee in 2017, and he currently serves as Secretary of the Delaware County Young Democrats and producer/co-host of the Delco Young Democast podcast.

Mike knows firsthand how thin the line can be between living without worry, and having to go hungry so the kids can eat. He is a pragmatic progressive who wants to do everything he can to ensure no Pennsylvanian ever falls over that line. He promises to fight for a transparent and inclusive Democratic Party that obeys the will of the people, policies that support education and job training, and the growth of a clean, green economy for the present and the future. He hopes to use his voice to be an ally to women, people of color, LGBTQIA+ individuals, those struggling with mental or emotional illnesses, and other under-represented people across Delaware County.

Robert Kelly

Raymond Santarelli

Raymond J. Santarelli is the Chairman of the Springfield Township Democratic Committee, and an elected Member of the Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee representing the Democratic Party members in Delaware County. Ray resides in Springfield Township with his wife Loretta and their four sons.

Since moving to Springfield almost eighteen (18) years ago, Ray has been an active member of the Springfield Township Democratic Committee, serving as a Precinct Committee Person in the Fifth Ward, Third Precinct. In June 2010, Ray was unanimously elected the Springfield Democratic Committee’s Chairman; he was unanimously re-elected to that position in June 2014.

At the May 2014 General Primary Election, Ray was one of ten (10) persons (5 men and 5 women) elected to the Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee. Ray enjoyed a broad base of support among Democrats throughout the County, securing the most votes of the 7 men seeking the 5 male positions.

Before taking up residence in Springfield, Ray lived in Aston Township and was a member of the Aston Township Democratic Committee, serving as a Committee Person in the First Ward from 1998 to 2000. From 1998 through June 2010, Ray was the Delaware County Democratic Party’s legal counsel, serving on the Party’s Leaders’ Council and Executive Committee, and providing legal advices and representation to Party officers and members on matters relating to election and campaign finance laws.

Before moving to Delaware County, Ray, a native Philadelphian, served as a Democratic Committee Person in Philadelphia’s 40th Ward. Ray is an attorney licensed in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, working in the public and private sector for almost 25 years. During his legal career, Ray served as the Solicitor in the Boroughs of Darby, Folcroft, Yeadon and Sharon Hill, and also as a Special Solicitor in the William Penn School District.

Ray previously served the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania as a Hearing Committee Member, and as a member of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Joint State Government Commission's Advisory Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution ("ADR"). These positions were voluntary and unpaid.

A graduate of Saint Joseph's Preparatory School in Philadelphia, Ray received his undergraduate degree in business administration from Villanova University, and his Juris Doctor from Widener University School of Law, Delaware Campus.

Jim Savage

I am running for Pennsylvania Democratic Party State Committee this year, where I intend to join the Labor and Progressive caucuses.
I am a 53-yo resident of Upper Chichester, and honorably discharged veteran of the United States Marine Corps (Infantry). Me and my wife and partner, Midge, share four children and four grandchildren (who are all amazing). I am a working family-oriented progressive with a background in organized labor and a 25-year member of the United Steelworkers (and its predecessor Unions – OCAW and PACE) with fifteen of those years spent in my Local Union leadership, including eight years as President. I am currently the longest serving member of the USW National Oil Bargaining Committee and, in that capacity, led the first national strike against the oil industry in 35 years in 2015. I am also on the National Steering Committee of the “Labor Campaign for Single Payer Healthcare.”


I was an elected delegate for Senator Sanders to the Democratic National Convention in 2016, During that convention, I was appalled when my friend and fellow delegate survived a sexual assault at the hands (face and tongue, actually) of a fellow delegate and discovered that the PA Democratic Party did not even have a Sexual Harrassment Policy in place to deal with situations like this. She was told by state party officials if she wanted to avoid her alleged attacker, *she* could choose to not attend events/not stay at the hotel/etc. I believe that we must do better as a party.


We are at a unique time (uniquely bad) in our national history and I believe that the Democratic Party, on all levels, must FIGHT to turn back this shameful tide of public hate and bigotry. In October of 1983, I left my job at lunchtime and drove to the Marine Corps recruiting office in Brookhaven when I learned of the bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon. Three weeks later I was in Parris Island, SC getting a very unfashionable haircut. I have been fighting ever since. In 2009, when Sunoco intended to lay off over one hundred of my co-workers, putting the community at risk, I fought and won. In 2011-12, when Sunoco announced its intention to close the refinery, putting thousands of people out of work and endangering the lives of people who depend on heating oil to heat their homes in the northeastern United States, I fought and won. I am prepared to join and help lead this fight. You should *not* vote for me if you believe that the Democratic Party, at all levels, has done an adequate job of fighting. You should *not* vote for me if believe that Democratic Party, at all levels, is just fine and prepared to lead the coming fights. You should *not* vote for me if you believe that the people, systems, and structures that got us into this mess are the ones to lead us out. You should vote for me if you believe that we must do better.


I have been endorsed by former Congressman and retired Admiral Joe Sestak, State Representative Margo Davidson, the Upper Darby Democratic Committee, and the Delaware County AFL-CIO. I am supportive of the message and candidates on the "Young Dems" slate, despite my obvious lack of... youth. :) 

Michael Schleigh

Brian Treston

Malcolm Yates

Nether Providence Endorsed

  • Bonnee Bentum

  • Sharon Booker

  • Melissa Carden

  • Jean Davidson

  • Monica Taylor

  • Brett Burman

  • Jim Butt

  • Bob Stump

  • Brian Treston

  • Malcolm Yates

Upper Darby Endorsed

  • Bonnee Bentum

  • Angela D'Alessandro

  • Gina Curry

  • Monica Taylor

  • Sharon Booker

  • Mary Ellen Balchunis

  • Ed Brown

  • Don Fields

  • Mike DiEva

  • Jim Savage

  • Malcolm Yates

Swarthmore Endorsed

  • Brett Berman

  • Sharon Booker

  • Bonnee Bentum

  • Ed Brown

  • Jim Butt

  • Melissa Carden

  • Pasquale Cippolini

  • Gina Curry

  • Christine Delva

  • Donald Fields

  • Malcolm Yates

Ridley Endorsed

  • Amanda Hammock

  • Monica Taylor

  • Mary Ellen Balchunis

  • Jean Davidson

  • Christina Delva

  • Jim Savage

  • Raymond Santarelli

  • Malcolm Yates

  • Michael Schleigh

  • Michael DiEva

  • Jim Butt

New Dems (Young Dems affiliated)

  • Mike Dieva

  • Malcolm Yates

  • Amanda Hammock

  • Pasquale Cipollini

  • Gina Curry

  • Monica Taylor

  • Edward Brown

  • Jim Savage

  • Don Fields

  • Christina Delva

Draft Leaders List (not voted on)

  • Mary Ellen Balchunis

  • Bonnee Bentum

  • Sharon Booker

  • Melissa Carden

  • Jean Davidson

  • Christina Delva

  • Brett Burman

  • Bill Clinton

  • Ray Santarelli

  • Bob Stump

  • Malcolm Yates

Slate of Eight

  • Bob Stump

  • Bonnee Bentum

  • Ray Santarelli

  • Brett Burman

  • Jean Davidson

  • Malcolm Yates

  • Melissa Carden

  • Sharon Booker