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, Sergeant-At-Arms of the Philadelphia City Council, and before that a Journeyman Carpenter.

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. 

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 a sought-after political strategist and organizer. Harrity currently also serves as Executive Director of the Office of Senator Sharif Street, and Political Director of the Laborers’ International Union Local 57.

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.