What is the DEC?

The Democratic Executive Committee
of Indian River County

The Democratic Executive Committee (DEC) of Indian River County gives a voice to Democratic values and advocates for working families and seniors. It is the official county arm of the Florida Democratic Party.  The DEC has oversight over all Democratic Party activities within the County. It carries out all directives and authorities granted to it by the Florida Democratic Party and by Florida Statutes within its county, it establishes priorities and activities of the party within the county and acts in accordance with its bylaws and the bylaws of the Florida Democratic Party.  

As part of this effort the DEC:

  1. Advances the visibility and viability of the Democratic Party and its candidates within the county; 
  2. Registers Democratic Voters on a Regular Basis;
  3. Increases the Number of Vote by Mail Requests for Base Voters;
  4. Insures that Democratic Party values, principles and initiatives are effectively advanced and promoted within the county; 
  5. Engages as much as possible in local county affairs of interest to County Democrats;
  6. Effectively supports the election of Democrats; and,
  7. Communicates with the public regarding elections, our candidates, as well as national, state and local Democratic Party positions and initiatives.

DEC Member Responsibilities Include:

The DEC is managed through its elected officials and members. Every four years, following the U.S. Presidential Election, the DEC elects officers. The members of the DEC are elected precinct captains.  They are  responsible for establishing the political priorities of Indian River County and getting out the vote by:

  1. Sponsoring Voter Registration Drives (Including Vote by Mail Requests)
  2. Fundraising for DEC Operations/Campaign Initiatives /Local Candidates
  3. Ensuring the turnout of the Democratic base in all elections held within the county
  4. Actively recruiting Precinct Captains 
  5. Actively recruiting Democratic candidates for office

Learn more about the DEC

DEC Steering Committee

Adriana A. de Kanter


Adriana retired from thirty-six years of federal service in January 2016, having worked for the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Senate in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Army V Corps, Frankfurt, Germany, and Governor Ann Richards’ ...

Al Griffiths

Vice Chair, Operations

Al Griffiths joined the Democratic Executive Committee two years ago and is co-Precinct Captain of Precinct #8 in Sebastian with his wife, Nancy.  Together, Al and Nancy operated and were in partnerships with several remodeling, construction, development ...

Dionne McNamee


Dionne is a retired CPA.  She had a long professional career in accounting and finance that includes: overseeing the assurance practice of Price Waterhouse, serving as the chief financial officer of an insurance company, and teaching as an ...

Nancy Hernandez


Nancy is a retired Educational Consultant and educator having served as both a French and Spanish teacher. Currently, she is a literacy tutor for AmeriCorps/Big Brothers Big Sisters in Indian River County. Nancy is a life-long ...

Sharon Kolor

State Committeewoman

Don Henry

State Committeeman

Don Henry was elected to the four-year term of State Committeeman representing Indian River County in December 2016.  Prior to becoming a full-time Florida resident in 2011, Don served two, two-year terms as Chair of the Alexandria ...

Stacey Klim

Operations Coordinator

Stacey Klim is a teacher and the mother of two children, including a son who was born with a rare brain malformation.  This led her to be an advocate for the families of children with disabilities.  Governor ...

Claudia Martino

President DCIR

Claudia Martino has lived in Florida for 32 years. After college, she worked as a journalist in the Chicago area and the Mississippi Delta. She also taught university level journalism until she became a national field operations ...

Colby A. Shock

Chair, FYDIR

Colby is a high school senior at Indian River Charter High School.  Despite being a senior in High School, Colby has served in many leadership roles locally and nationally.  He has served as the President, Historian, and ...

DEC Committees

Adriana de Kanter, chair


Manages the official website of the Democrats of Indian River County, as well as the official e-newsletter.  Assists in identifying and editing pertinent letter writing, editorials, and press releases on key issues and events for the party. Coordinates all social media.


Fundraises for continuing the work of the Democrats of Indian River County. Costs associated with this work include: rent, electricity, supplies, website, phone, events, and other fundraising activities.

Linda New Levine, co-chair
Maryann Ronan-Lamson, co-chair


The committee seeks and supports potential candidates for office in city, county, and state elections. We provide information and training to enable candidates to run for office successfully.

The committee meets with potential candidates periodically to consult on campaign progress. We do not endorse individual candidates but rather aim to provide a competitive field in elections.


Nancy Hernandez, chair


Attends local government meetings of the Indian River County School Board; Indian River County Commissioners; Cities of Fellsmere, Sebastian, and Vero Beach; and special community gatherings like the City of Vero Beach Visioning Process. Speaks to leaders about Democratic issues of concern. Follows and conducts research on government regulations, resolutions, and statutes being considered locally.

Stacey Klim, Operations Coordinator


Helps staff the Democratic Headquarters at 4325 U.S. Hwy 1 in Vero Beach. The HQ is now open year-round.  It is dedicated to supporting the party and its committees, as well as providing an organized presence in Indian River County.  Specific duties include providing information and answering inquiries, supporting official candidates, maintaining official databases, and working to grow Democratic membership in Indian River County.

Sharon Kolor, chair


Maintains and updates the database used to follow the voters of Indian River County.  The database is the foundation for organizing and communicating with   volunteers.

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