Vote for Tredyffrin’s Endorsed State Committee Candidates!

In addition to our fabulous candidates running for public office, we also will elect Democratic Party positions on the May 17, 2022 primary ballot. These party positions are very important, but don’t often get the same amount of coverage as public offices get. Therefore, we hope to enlighten you with some information so you can make the best choice on your 2022 primary ballot!

Meet our endorsees!

TTDems is proud to have 3 of our very own members running to represent us on State Committee! We’re honored to endorse these highly qualified candidates, many of which are very familiar to you. Join us in voting for them in the 2022 primary (either by mail or in-person on May 17)!

Member of Democratic State Committee
Donna Shipman

I’m running for PA Democratic State Committee so that we can broaden the diversity of our voices and our representation. As Democrats, we welcome people from all backgrounds and believe diversity and inclusion are the progressive values we stand for.   As an African American woman, I want to bring my unique experiences and knowledge to ensure I play a vital role, so that all constituents voices are heard.

I initially became involved in my local community because I wanted to be a positive impact for my family, but I also wanted to be a role model for the young people who live in Chester County by showing them how to give back to the community.

My husband and I moved to Chester County 21 years to raise our children.  I was an active parent throughout my children’s years at Valley Forge Middle School, and then a parent supporter for the Black Student Union and active member of African American Parent Group within Tredyffrin/Easttown School District.

I gained my first experience on the 2008 Obama campaign, then moved into becoming a block captain, majority inspector and now actively involved in local politics for the last 10 years as a Tredyffrin Township committee person.  

I know that outreach to the African American community is important to our Party.  As your representative on State Committee, I will leverage our State Party resources through the numerous affinity caucuses, like the Black Caucus, to extend learnings to Chester County and to build an even stronger Party. I commit to serve all Democrats, especially those who feel marginalized, so that we can unite our voices around our common goals.

I look forward to speaking with you and ask for your support to be your representative on PA Democratic State Committee.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions in the meantime. 

Member of Democratic State Committee
Michele Burger

I’m running for PA Democratic State Committee to represent the concerns of our local communities, especially those serving on school boards. As Democrats, we believe in protecting our community’s health and welfare, we support our children in their freedom to express themselves, and we embrace diversity and inclusion because it reflects how our community looks. As a school board director, my experience and knowledge can play a vital role in raising awareness across the state to protect local communities from being taken over by radical Republican agendas.

My husband and I moved to Chester County 24 years ago to raise our children. I was an active parent through our Tredyffrin/Easttown PTO for ten years and served as PTO President for three years. As PTO President, I had a front row seat to the treatment of our residents by our local school board. I decided to run for local school board because I wanted to have a positive impact and bring more professional to the board. I’m in my second term and served the last two years during the pandemic as school board president. We all know how challenging these two years have been for us and our families.

However, never could I have imagined that our local school boards would become a focal point of partisan division against common sense public health and freedom of expression policies. The recent lawsuits to remove local school boards are part of a larger statewide and national campaign. My experiences would be beneficial to the PA Democratic State Committee as we work across the state to strategically address these attacks. The opportunity to network with other counties, who are or may be impacted by these attacks will only make us stronger together.

I look forward to speaking with you and ask for your support to be your representative on PA Democratic State Committee. Please feel free to contact me with any questions in the meantime.

Member of Democratic State Committee
Hans van Mol (Incumbent)

Hans is currently completing his sixth year on Democratic State Committee, garnering high levels of respect and trust from the people he serves. During his tenure he authored the first major bylaw change in 15 years to add high school representation and introduced several party platform resolutions. He understands the real role of a good State Committee member, by making your needs known up to Harrisburg, and communicating information and resources back down to the county level. 

Hans serves as Zone Leader for the Tredyffrin Township Democrats, completed terms as a Young Democrats of America and PA Young Democrats officer, and in the legislature with the PA House Democratic Caucus. He is endorsed for re-election by many of Chester County’s prominent Democrats including:

  • State Senator Carolyn Comitta
  • State Senator John Kane 
  • State Representative Dan Williams
  • State Representative Melissa Shusterman
  • Commissioner Marian Moskowitz
  • Prothonotary Debbie Bookman
  • Sheriff Fredda Maddox
  • Register of Wills Michele Vaughn
  • Coroner Sophia Garcia-Jackson
  • Recorder of Deeds Chris Pielli
  • Treasurer Patricia Maisano
  • Chester County Young Democrats
  • Tredyffrin Township Democrats
  • Kennett Area Democrats
  • East Whiteland Democrats
  • West Whiteland Democrats
  • Northern Chesco Democrats
  • Downingtown Area Democrats
  • Brandywine Valley Democrats

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is State Committee?

The Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee (PADSC) is the governing body of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party. Founded in 1792, the PADSC is charged with steering the direction of your party and organizing for Democrats across the ballot!

PADSC members, who are elected to four year terms, meet in full three times each year. PADSC members elect party leadership, hold nominating conventions, pass and promote a party platform, and help lead organizing efforts all across the commonwealth.

How many candidates do I get to vote for?

Chester County Democrats can vote for up to 10 State Committee candidates. After all the votes are tallied, the 5 females and the 5 males with the highest number of votes shall be elected.

To learn about the all the other candidates running for State Committee, visit the CCDC voter guide.

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Tredyffrin Township Democratic Committee
P.O. Box 910
Devon, PA 19333
(484) 474-0570


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