PHL Dems

PARTY
LEADERSHIP

Robert A. Brady

chairman

Congressman Bob Brady has led the Philadelphia Democratic Party for over 3 decades. Born & raised in West Philadelphia where he is Leader of 34th Ward, Chairman Brady is a longtime union carpenter, and 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, and Sergeant-At-Arms of the Philadelphia City Council.

jannie blackwell

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 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. 

Angel Cruz

2nd vice chair

State Representative Angel Cruz is 7th Ward Leader 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.

Anne M. Brown

3rd Vice Chair

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

Mrs. Brown is a retired Congressional aide and City Council staffer who has lead her working-class community as Leader since 1996. She continues her selfless service to the Party as full-time staffer and Director of Employment Services at the Philadelphia Democratic Party Office, mentoring young Democrats and helping out of work Philadelphians find employment.

james harrity

Executive Director

James Harrity runs the day-to-day operations of the Philadelphia Democratic Party as Executive Director.

Previously, Harrity was Philadelphia’s youngest-ever Deputy Managing Director, a Deputy Sheriff, and is still a sought-after political strategist and organizer.

Harrity currently also serves as Executive Director of the Office of Senator Sharif Street, and as a Member and Political Director of the Laborers’ International Union Local 57.

Craig Levin, Esquire

Chair of the Legal Department

Craig Levin is the Chair of the Philadelphia Democratic Party’s Legal Department 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 and ally. For the last 20 years, he’s served as the pro-bono counsel to the Spanish American Law Enforcement Association and he’s 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.

John Brady

Deputy Executive Director

John Brady is the Party’s Deputy Executive Director and Assistant to Party Chairman Brady (no relation). He also serves as South Eastern Political Director and State Committeeman for the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, Chief of Staff of the Young Democrats of America LGBTQ Caucus, and is a proud member of the IBEW Local 777.

John was born and raised in the 21st Ward, in the Manayunk neighborhood of Philadelphia where he currently serves as a Ward Committeeman. Where he was first elected at 19 after winning a contested election against a 26-year incumbent.

Aside from his nearly a decade of service to the Party, John is a large-scale event planner, serves on the Board of Roman Catholic High School, and is a 2020 Keeper Fellow for Leadership Philadelphia.

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.