Central Committee – 2023


  • Lauren Hernandez, Chair
  • Frank Porter, Executive Vice Chair
  • Zoe McNevin & Staci Evans, Interim Secretaries
  • Lynn Benningfield, Controller
  • Courtney Jackson, Member-at-Large
  • Margaret Fortune, Vice Chair, Fundraising & Events
  • Vacant, Vice Chair, Candidate Development & Campaign Services
  • Frank Porter, Vice Chair, Marketing & Communications
  • Mike Saunders, Vice Chair, Membership/Education

BOS District 1

  • Cory Anttila (Alternate: Lynn Benningfield)
  • Michael Dane (Alternate: Nick Dane)
  • Margaret Fortune (Alternate: Lorraine King)
  • Zoe McNevin
  • Frank Porter (Alternate: Afton Tuveson)

BOS District 2

  • Lori Anzini (Alternate: Jamie Beutler)
  • Jennifer Magee
  • Sid Bazett
  • OPEN

BOS District 3

  • Paul Penn (Alternate: Daniel Linhardt)
  • OPEN
  • OPEN
  • OPEN

BOS District 4

  • Lauren Hernandez
  • Leslie Hill 
  • Mike Saunders 
  • Sarah Saunders (Alternate: Daniel Stephenson)

BOS District 5

  • Susan Kessler Chandler (Alternate: John Friedrich)
  • Robert Erlich (Alternate: Barbara Riley)
  • Jeni Norris (Alternate: Nancy Gibson)
  • Frank Riley (Alternate: Aletha Nelligan)
  • Allyson Tabor 

Ex-Officio Members and their Alternates

  • Kermit Jones, Congressional District 3 Candidate
  • Mike Barclay, Congressional District 5 Candidate (Alternate: Bill Woodruff)
  • Marie Alvarado-Gil, State Senate District 1
  • Belle Starr Sandwith, State Assembly District 1 Candidate
  • Rebecca Chenowith, State Assembly District 5 Candidate (Alternate: Pat Wendt)
  • Alejandro Carrillo – CA Dem Party Regional Director 4 (Alternate: Jill Blue-Keith)
  • Bill Monroe – CA Dem Party Regional Director 3

Club Representatives

  • Russ Dahler (South Lake Tahoe Club)
  • Courtney Jackson (Democratic Women of El Dorado County)
  • John Savage (United Democrats Club)

Standing Committees

Resolution, Policy & Issues 

  • Review resolutions referred to it by the Executive Committee or the EDCDCC and make recommendations as to the resolutions the EDCDCC should endorse.
  • Research and draft resolutions to be submitted to the EDCDCC for consideration and approval.
  • Research and revise recommended platform planks for the CDP or for the Democratic National Party.
  • Research and revise position papers and/or presentations for educational purposes of the EDCDCC.
  • Assist in recruiting experts to make presentations to the EDCDCC at meetings and events.
  • Research and report to the EDCDCC any County specific issue, legislation or event that may require an opinion or action from the EDCDCC.
  • Paul Penn, Chair
  • Cory Antilla
  • Kathleen Barco
  • Nelson Enos
  • Margaret Fortune
  • Nancy Gibson
  • Lauren Hernandez
  • Lorraine King
  • Dan Linhardt
  • Sarah Saunders

Fundraising & Events

  • Establish a year round fundraising plan for the EDCDCC.
  • Set a timetable for achieving fundraising goals.
  • Prepare and present quarterly written reports to the membership outlining fundraising activities of the EDCDCC.
  • Have the ability to establish sub-committee(s) for specific fundraising events, as determined necessary. 
  • Margaret Fortune, Chair
  • Cory Antilla
  • Lori Anzini
  • Lynn Benningfield
  • Staci Evans
  • Leslie Hill
  • Courtney Jackson
  • Lorraine Kine
  • Zoe McNevin
  • Paul Penn
  • Afton Tuvson

Marketing & Communications

  • Determine the modes by which the EDCDCC will communicate with its members, with other Democratic activists, and with Democratic voters in El Dorado County.
  • Set-up, manage and deliver content to the agreed upon modes of communications.
  • Be responsible for researching and recommending new technology, for consideration by the body, specifically for the purposes of providing remote access services to Members of the EDCDCC.
  • Be responsible for the dissemination of general information from the EDCDCC via the EDCDCC website, email, Facebook, Twitter, and other electronic means available.
  • Be responsible for the development, operation and maintenance of the EDCDCC website.
  • Be responsible for the selection of a vendor to assist with the development, operations and updating of the website. (The Executive Committee will approve any and all contracts for services for the website and Social Media).
  • Frank Porter, Chair
  • Lori Anzini
  • Kathleen Barco
  • Mary Elliott-Klemm
  • Terry Fagan
  • Susan Gamache
  • Leslie Hill
  • Courtney Jackson
  • Ann Keating
  • Susan Kessler Chandler
  • Lorraine King
  • Paul Penn
  • Mike Saunders
  • Allyson Tabor
  • Afton Tuveson
  • Lora Watts
  • Pat Wendt

Membership & Education

  • Oversee the development of and/or participate in unique voter registration programs throughout El Dorado County. These voter registration programs may include those initiated by chartered organizations.
  • Be primarily engaged in reaching out to all segments of the county with a goal toward improving the diversity of the makeup of the EDCDCC.
  • Promote networking with other groups and like-minded organizations within El Dorado County.
  • Devise methods, through the use of speakers, printed materials, and media contact, to inform the public about the EDCDCC and the Democratic philosophy and programs.
  • Spearhead EDCDCC visibility and participation in community events and projects.
  • Provide outreach to the high schools in the county and assist in developing Young Democrat Clubs in all local educational institutions.
  • Oversee the development of the youth membership program in the EDCDCC.

  • Mike Saunders, Chair
  • Lynn Benningfield
  • Lorraine King
  • Jennifer Magee
  • Paul Penn
  • Sharon Quinsland
  • John Savage
  • Patricia Segviano de Pier
  • Daniel Stephenson

Candidate Development

  • This committee is responsible for candidate recruitment, recommendations for campaign contributions, recommendations for candidate endorsements and recommendations for local ballot propositions.
  • The committee consists of at least three (3) EDCDCC members.
  • At its first meeting for each election cycle, the Committee must review the sections of the CDP Bylaws that cover the endorsement of candidates and establish a process for evaluating candidates and making recommendations to the EDCDCC as a whole. The Committee’s evaluation process shall be presented to the EDCDCC for approval, prior to implementation.

  • Lori Anzini, Chair
  • Michael Saunders, Chair
  • Susan Kessler Chandler
  • Carolyn Loomis
  • Frank Porter
  • Sarah Saunders
  • Daniel Stephenson

Campaign Services 

  • Develop campaign plans and strategies to support candidates and issues endorsed by the DCC.
  • Utilize the PDI/MOE systems to support campaign plans.
  • Organize campaign volunteers to support endorsed candidates
  • Develop campaign materials, mailings, phone banks, email messaging, text messaging, and utilize social media to support endorsed candidates and issues.
  • As needed, establish sub-committee(s) for specific election related activities, such as Data Research Team, Candidate Training, Election Tracking, etc.

  • VACANT, Chair
  • Cory Antilla
  • Lori Anzini
  • Robert Erlich
  • Susan Kessler Chandler
  • Aletha Nelligan
  • Frank Porter
  • Mike Saunders
  • Daniel Stephenson

Data Research Team

  • Terry Fagan, Chair
  • Joel Wiley, PDI/MOE Administrator
  • Johanne Christmas
  • Susan Kessler Chandler
  • Daryl Motoda
  • Paul Penn
  • Frank Porter