Mass Dems Elect Rising Star to State Committee
Three North Andover residents made the list, including the town's Democrat of the Year.
The Massachusetts Democratic State Committee elected new members on Saturday, and Phil DeCologero of North Andover is among them.
"It's an honor to have been elected out of 15 very qualified candidates," DeColegero said. "I want to use this opportunity to promote Democratic candidates who are small business friendly."
The North Andover Democratic Town Committee named DeCologero Democrat of the Year at their recent annual scholarship fundraiser.
Current members and North Andover residents Mark DiSalvo and Anna O'Connor automatically reelected to the state committee as well, because they have served on it for more than 20 years.
Members were elected for various categories aimed at having the committee represent racial and gender balance as well as to represent the LGBT community, college students, youth, seniors, people with disabilities, veterans and organized labor.
“Time and again, Massachusetts voters have demonstrated that they like our ideas and our candidates better and that’s because we work hard to make sure that the Massachusetts Democratic Party reflects the Commonwealth,” said Massachusetts Democratic Party Chair John Walsh. “If we want to keep Massachusetts and the nation moving forward, we must start by building a party where everyone is welcome and everyone is represented.”
New members elected Saturday, by category:
Veterans: Samuel Poulton, Adrianna Baltimore.
Youth: Jim DiTulio, Philip DeCologero, Dylan Hayre, Jason Palitsch, Elaine Almquist, Jesse Mermell, Kate Moore, Sam Shusterman.
Seniors: Russ Ashton, Ruth Shapiro
Affirmative Action: Felix Arroyo, Leland Cheung, Leonard Cooper, Brian Corr, Omar Gonzalez-Pagan, Harry Kortikere, Sam Liao, Mushtaque Mirza, Arthur Natella, Robert Pierce, Jr., Mel Poindexter, Tootsie Russell, Jonathan Santiago, Benjmin Swan, Randall Tatum, Henry Twiggs, Parwed Wahid, Nazda Alam, Sandi Bagley, Kate Change, Cheryl Crawford, Linda Dorcena-Ferry, Marilyn Flowers, Charlotte Golar-Richie, Dorothea Jones, Linda Monteiro, Faye Morrison, Sheneal Parker, Tina Poindexter, Lucy Rivera, Meiko Rollins, Denise Simmons, Beverly Wah O’Brien, Michelle Wu.
LGBT: Matt Murray, Tom Barbera, Stephen Driscoll, Paul Giorgio, Shawn Hartman, Thomas McGrath, Rhonda Bourne, Dori Dean, Dee Dee Edmondson, Barbara Hoffman, Karen Payne, Diego Sanchez, Tina Stanton, Holly Ryan-Caffray.
Gender Balance: Adeline Bee, Mara Dolan, Lida Harkins, Toody Healy, Martina Jackson, Dorothy Kelly Gay, Nicole LaChapelle, Patty Marcus, Karen O’Donnell, Lois Pines, Ann Roosevelt, Rosemary Sandlin, Corinne Wingard.
College Students: David LeBoeuf, Will Poff-Webster, Romya Kumar, Kendell Hope Tucker.
People with Disabilities: Robert Cassidy, Cheryl Cumings.
Organized Labor: John Dumas, Daniel Manning, Ed Mills, Steven Tolman, Paul Toner, Angela Cristiani, Cathaleen Ashton, Donna Kelly-Williams, Mary Richards, Cathy Dwyer.
French Speaking: Bob LeBlanc.
Portugese Speaking: Antonio Cabral, Ilma Paixao.