PHL Dems

PARTY
LEADERSHIP

Robert A. Brady

chairman

Congressman Bob Brady is the Chairman Philadelphia Democratic Party Brady. He also serves as the Chair of Philadelphia’s Democratic State Committee delegation, Leader of West Philadelphia’s 34th Ward, a USA 250th Anniversary Commissioner, a 50-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 a long-time Chair & Ranking of the House Administration Committee. 

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.

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, State House of Representatives staffer, and civil servant who served as a member of Philadelphia City Council for the West & Southwest Philadelphia’s 3rd District for 28 years.

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 the 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. 

Anne M. Brown

PArty Vice Chair

Mrs. Anne Brown is the Philadelphia Democratic Party’s 3rd Vice Chair and Leader of South West Philadelphia’s 40th Ward – one of the County’s largest Wards.

Mrs. Brown is a retired Congressional aide and senior City Council staffer who been a Democratic Committeewoman since 1985, has lead her diverse, working-class community as Leader since 1996.

Angel Cruz

PArty vice chair

State Representative Angel Cruz is 7th Ward Leader, a proud resident for he Kensington Section of Philadelphia, and has been a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives since 2001.

During his tenure, 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. Representative Cruz currently serves as Democratic Chair of the Human Services Committee.

james harrity

Executive Director

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

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

Deputy Executive Director
&
PA Dems Philadelphia Director

John Brady is the Philadelphia Democratic Party’s Assistant to Party Chairman Brady (no relation) and Deputy Executive Director.

John was born and raised in the 21st Ward in the Manayunk neighborhood of Philadelphia. He currently serves as a 21st Ward Committeeman, and is a Member of the Democratic State Committee.

Craig Levin, Esquire

Chair of the Legal Department

Craig Levin is the Chair of the Philadelphia Democratic Party’s Legal Department, leads the Charles Bernard Pro-Bono Initiative for Philadelphians who cannot afford legal representation, and 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. He’s worked to ensure that everyday Philadelphians aren’t taken advantage of and have their voices heard.

In addition to serving others through the law, he has given back to the community as a mentor, ally, and pro bono attorney. For the last 20 years, he’s served as the pro-bono counsel to the Spanish American Law Enforcement Association. For the past 17 years Craig has volunteered his time as a youth hockey coach, mentoring our young people and teaching them life lessons through hard work, preparedness and teamwork. Craig is also a Masonic Brother in the Hackenburg – Mt. Moriah Lodge No. 19.

The 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 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.