What is the DEC?

The Democratic Executive Committee
of Indian River County

The Democratic Executive Committee (DEC) gives a voice to Democratic values and advocates for working families. The DEC is the official arm and the local governing body of the Florida Democratic Party (FDP), with elected precinct captains responsible for establishing the political priorities of Indian River County and getting out the vote.

The DEC is managed through its elected officials and members. Every four years, following the U.S. Presidential Election, the DEC elects officers.

DEC Responsibilities Include:

  • To promote Democratic values, principles, and initiatives:
    • Follow and support local and national political issues that are important for the Democratic platform
    • Raise money for the Democratic Party and its candidates
  • To advance both the visibility and viability of the Democratic Party and its candidates in Indian River County
    • Identify and support new leaders in the Democratic Party
    • Provide a forum for the exchange of ideas among local Democrats
    • Recruit and train volunteers at a grassroots level
    • Register voters and increase the number of Democrats in our county
    • Phone bank and canvass door-to-door to promote the party
    • Supervise and engage in all local Democratic Party matters and affairs

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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