PHL Dems

PARTY
LEADERSHIP

Robert A. Brady

Party Chairman

Congressman Bob Brady is the Chairman of the Philadelphia Democratic Party. Ge is aHe also serves as the Chairman of Philadelphia’s Democratic State Committee Delegation, the Leader of West Philadelphia’s 34th Ward, and is a USA 250th Anniversary Commissioner. Chairman Brady is also a proud 52-year union carpenter and 22-year University of Pennsylvania graduate school professor.

“The Mayor of Capitol Hill” previously served as Member of the U. S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania’s First Congressional District for over 20 years. In Congress he was the long-time Chair & Ranking Member of the House Administration Committee. 

Chairman Brady previously was Chairman of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, Deputy Mayor of Philadelphia under Philadelphia’s first African American Mayor, Dr. Wilson Goode, Sergeant-At-Arms of Philadelphia City Council, and a multi-decade small business owner, real-estate broker, interior designer, and professional journeyman carpenter

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jannie blackwell

First Vice Chair

“Politics is an open-ended opportunity to make life better for others.”
– Party Vice Chair Jannie Blackwell

Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell serves as the Vice Chair of the Philadelphia Democratic Party, Co-Chair of the United Ward Leaders of Color, and Leader of the 46th Ward. 

Blackwell is a former educator, aide to the Governor, and State Legislature civil servant who served as a member of Philadelphia City Council for the West & Southwest Philadelphia’s 3rd District for 28 years.

Jannie continues her life of service today, and continues to be famous for her initiatives to support Homeless Philadelphians, feed the hungry, and utilize the resources of the Party to give back to underserved and at-risk communities.

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Angel
Cruz

Second Vice Chair

State Representative Angel Cruz is Second Vice Chair of the Philadelphia Democratic Party, Leader of the 7th Ward, and the City’s longest-serving member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

Formerly a Union Organizer and City Council aide, Rep. Cruz was first elected in 2001 to represent the Kensington, Juniata, Harrowgate, and Tioga Park neighborhoods. In Harrisburg he serves as Chair of the Latino Caucus and Democratic Chair of the Human Services Committee. 

Rep. Cruz has drafted and had enacted several important pieces of legislation including Act 148 of 2014, which expanded newborn screening in Pennsylvania, and has secured grants for numerous non-profit organizations and projects in his district.

Edgar "Sonny" Campbell, Jr.

Treasurer

Edgar “Sonny” Campbell, Jr. serves as the Treasurer of the Philadelphia Democratic Party, Co-Chair of the United Ward Leaders of Color, and Leader of West Philadelphia’s 4th Ward.

Sonny Campbell is the patriarch of the storied Campbell Family, and is, along with most members of his family, a longtime community advocate and political leader in West Philadelphia.

Shirley Gregory

Assistant Treasurer

Shirley Gregory is the Assistant Treasurer of the Philadelphia Democratic Party and Leader of North Philadelphia’s Mighty 49th Ward.

Mrs. Gregory has been a dynamic pillar of the North Philly/Logan Neighborhood community for over forty years.  She serves on the board of Albert Einstein Hospital and Bebashi, one of the nation’s HIV/AIDS organizations which serves low-income people of color with HIV disease. Previously Mrs. Gregory had a distinguished career as a Capitol Hill Staffer and Congressional District Director. 

William
Dolbow

Vice Chair

William “Bill” Dolbow is one of the Philadelphia Democratic Party’s Vice Chairs and Leader of Mayfair’s 35th Ward.

Mr. Dolbow served as South Eastern Pennsylvania Director of the Office of the Auditor General for decades before his retirement in 2020. And has been a Democratic Committeeperson since age 18.

He now volunteers his time as the Party’s Operations Director working to run the Philadelphia Democratic Party’s Petition Program for endorsed candidates, distributing literature and signs for GOTV efforts, planning and operating Party events, and running meetings of the City Committee.

Anna
Brown

Vice Chair

Mrs. Anna Brown is one of the Vice Chairs of the Philadelphia Democratic Party and Leader of South West Philadelphia’s 40th Ward.

Mrs. Brown is a retired Congressional aide and senior City Council staffer who currently works in the Party office. There she helps run Party Operations, helps out-of-work Philadelphians find employment, and helps Philadelphians who cannot afford legal representation find pro bono attorneys. 

Mrs. Brown has served as a Democratic Committeewoman since 1982, and has lead her diverse, working-class community as Ward Leader since 1996.

John F. Street, Esquire

Campaigns Chair, Senior Advisor & Chief Counsel

The Honorable John F. Street, Esquire, legendary 97th Mayor of Philadelphia, Temple University Professor, and attorney serves as the Philadelphia Democratic Party’s Campaigns Committee Chair, Senior Advisor, and Chief Counsel.

He is a prolific Democrat organizer who grew up on a livestock farm, moved to Philadelphia and worked as a hotdog vendor, before becoming an attorney and City Councilman. Mr. Street became Mayor after having served 19 years in the Philadelphia City Council, including seven years as its Council President.

During his re-election campaign for Mayor, Mr. Street was responsible for the largest-ever voter registration effort in Pennsylvania history. Now he is back volunteering his time to recreate that effort and close Philadelphia’s registration gap.

Alan Butkovitz, Esquire

Finance Chair & Director of Development

The Honorable Alan Butkovitz, Esquire, Former City Controller and State Representative, is the Philadelphia Democratic Party’s Finance Chair, Director of Development, and Leader of the 54th Ward.

Prior to holding elected office, Butkovitz was an Philadelphia attorney handling civil, criminal and environmental coverage cases. Known for his successful first amendment case in U.S District Court Third Circuit that opened up the Mummers Parade to women, minorities, and new entrants. Butkovitz served 15 years representing the 174th legislative district in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives

As the Party’s Director of Development, Mr. Butkovitz has overseen the creation of the Finance Committee and works to grow and sustain Party fundraising efforts.

Party Staff

James Harrity

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

James Harrity is the Philadelphia Democratic Party’s Executive Director, a Member of the Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee, and is a proud 33rd Ward Democrat.

Harrity has been deeply active in Philadelphia politics since his teens, and previously served as a City of Philadelphia Deputy Managing Director, a Deputy Sheriff, and union organizer. 

In addition to his service to the Party, Mr. Harrity also currently serves as Executive Director of the Office of Senator Sharif Street, and Political Director of the Laborers’ International Union Local 57.

John
Brady

PA DEMS PHILADELPHIA DIRECTOR
&
President of the PHL Young Democrats

John Brady the Pennsylvania Democratic Party’s Philadelphia Director, assistant to Party Chairman Bob Brady (no relation), and President of the Philadelphia Young Democrats.

John has served as a 21st Ward Committeeperson in his home neighborhood of Manayunk since age 19. He is one of the youngest members of the Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee, a board member of Liberty City LGBTQ Democrats, a Trustee of Roman Catholic High School, a Keeper fellow with Leadership Philadelphia, and an executive board member & Finance Chair of the Pennsylvania Young Democrats.

Anthony "Bo" Amen

Chief Financial Officer

Anthony “Bo” Amen is the Philadelphia Democratic Party’s Chief Financial Officer.

Mr. Amen was born and raised in the Overbrook section of West Philadelphia. He is Master Plumber, and longtime small business owner who spends his retirement managing the finances of the Philadelphia Democratic Party.

Yolanda Anderson-Richardson

Office Manager

Yolanda Anderson-Richardson is the Philadelphia Democratic Party’s Office Manager and Bookkeeper.

Formerly a highly respected political consultant for many successful Democratic candidates, Mrs. Anderson-Richardson is now celebrating her 32nd Year working for the Philadelphia Democratic Party.

Gianni
Hill

Information & Data Director

Gianni Hill is the Philadelphia Democratic Party’s Information and Data Director, the current youngest Member of the Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee, and a proud 8th Ward Democrat.

Aside from his service at the Party Office, Gianni is Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Young Democrats, Political Coordinator for State Senator Sharif Street, a professional political/data consultant, a full-time University of Pennsylvania sophomore, and an active College Democrat.

Craig Levin, Esquire

Chair Emeritus
of the Legal Department
&
the Charlie Bernard Pro Bono Inititative

Craig Levin is a Democratic Nominee for the Court of Common Pleas, and the Chair Emeritus of the Philadelphia Democratic Party’s Legal Department and Chair of the “Charlie Bernard Pro-Bono Initiative”, where he leads the Party’s efforts to find Pro-Bono legal representation for regular, every-day Philadelphians who cannot afford an attorney. He also serves as Committeeman for the 8th Ward.

As civil trial lawyer for the last 31 years, Craig has passionately fought for the rights of individuals and for those who have been ignored and left behind by our system. In addition to serving others through the law, he has given back to the community as a mentor, ally, and a prolific pro bono attorney. For the last 21 years, he’s served as the pro-bono counsel to the Spanish American Law Enforcement Association. For the past 18 years Craig has volunteered his time as a youth hockey coach.

Brian McLaughlin, Esquire

Co-Chair
OF THE LEGAL DEPARTMENT
&

THE CHARLIE BERNARD PRO
BONO INITIATIvE

Brian McLaughlin is the Co-Chair of the Philadelphia Democratic Party’s Legal Department and the “Charlie Bernard Pro-Bono Initiative”. 

Like all of our Legal Department Members, Brian is a prolific Pro Bono Attorney, and has been a trial attorney for over 25 years. He joined the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office as an Assistant District Attorney in 1998 and prosecuted thousands of cases over 5 years. In 2003, He joined an insurance defense firm as an Associate handling personal injury, product liability, and other civil law cases. In 2005, He became a Partner in his own Criminal Defense law firm with 3 other former Assistant District Attorneys. He has extensive experience representing thousands of clients as a Civil Defense Attorney, Criminal Defense Attorney (Adult and Juvenile) and a Dependency Law Attorney representing both children and parents in Family Court. 

Brian now leads the Party’s Legal Department and the Charlie Bernard Pro Bono Initiative with soon-to-be Municipal Court Judge Fran McCloskey, Esquire.

Fran McCloskey, Esquire

Co-Chair
OF THE LEGAL DEPARTMENT
&

THE CHARLIE BERNARD PRO BONO INITIATIVE

Fran McCloskey is a Democratic Nominee for Municipal Court, and is the Co-Chair of the Philadelphia Democratic Party’s Legal Department and the “Charlie Bernard Pro-Bono Initiative”. 

Like all of our Legal Department Members, Fran is a prolific Pro Bono Attorney. He is also a longtime trial attorney and a former Assistant District Attorney. Over his career he has handled all manner of criminal cases. Having been assigned to the elite Gun Violence Task Force of the District Attorney’s Office he is fluent in Pennsylvania gun laws. As a former member of the Diversion Unit, he is intimately familiar with the myriad of diversion programs offered within the court system and an expert at navigating the often tricky passages to those programs. He is also his firm’s resident child custody attorney having handled a number of child custody disputes in Philadelphia Family Court. 

Fran now leads the Party’s Legal Department and the Charlie Bernard Pro Bono Initiative with Brian McLaughlin, Esquire.

THE DEMOCRATIC CITY COMMITTEE

Every 4 years, the City of Philadelphia elects 3,406 neighborhood advocates and political organizers as Democratic Committeepeople. They are an organizing force and the backbone of the Party. Together they and their chosen volunteer Ward Leaders are known as the Democratic City Committee.

Philadelphia is geographically divided into 66 wards. Each ward is further divided into 10-50 divisions based on population. Every four years, during the primary election of the Governor’s race, registered Democratic voters in each division elect two of their neighbors to serve as the division’s Democratic Committeepeople. The elected Committeepeople make up each party’s Ward Committee, and vote for a Ward Leader shortly after the election at a meeting of the Ward committee.