Why I am a Democrat

Central Committee Members

Abby Hendrix, Chair

Sue Geckle, First Vice Chair

Opel Jones, Second Vice Chair

Bill Adams, Treasurer

Marcia White, Recording Secretary

Rich Gibson, Corresponding Secretary

Candace Dodson-Reed

Deanna Peel

Ethel Hill

Jan Oliver

Patti Medinger

Greg Jennings

Kathy Macfarlane

Nayab Siddiqui

Patricia C. Thomas

Jonathan Branch

Pravin Ponnuri

Bob Ford

Shahan Rizvi

Jeremy Eldridge

Howard County Democratic Central Committee

7050 Oakland Mills Road, Suite 120

Columbia, Maryland 21046


410-290-9792 (fax)

What is the Democratic Central Committee?

The Howard County Democratic Central Committee (HCDCC) is the county branch of the Maryland Democratic Party. Twelve Central Committee members are elected to a four year term by Democratic voters in the Gubernatorial Primary election.

The HCDCC exists to facilitate the election of DEMOCRATS. The members are elected to work directly in the trenches on behalf of the Party and to organize an ongoing presence in the county. They are the people who do the actual tasks of helping get Democrats elected. HCDCC members are election workers and help train volunteers and do party building activities. They encourage the participation of activists, volunteers and financial contributors.

HCDCC members have the official responsibility to fill vacancies in certain offices due to the death or resignation of elected officials, and fill vacancies when no Democratic candidate has filed for nomination. They also recommend to the Governor appointment of the members and substitute members of the local Board of Elections and sometimes make recommendations for other state and county boards.


HCDCC members must bring a strong commitment to the Democratic Party and all it stands for. They should have active and recent experience in various political activities, have actively worked for candidates, or have managed campaigns. They must support all Democratic candidates in the General Election.

Central Committee members may be asked to make financial contributions and are expected to participate in activities.

Get Involved

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Volunteers are the backbone of the Democratic Party and we need your help.  Please email us at HowardCountyDems@gmail.com or call us at 240-461-9803 and become involved.

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