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

Michael Walther

State Committeeman

Michael is a life-long Democrat and a semi-retired coastal engineer working mostly in Florida since 1978. As a child through high school, Michael lived on Air Force Bases; he has lived in Vero Beach since 1982. Michael is married to Jeanne Walther; together they have two children and three grandchildren.

Jeanne Walther

State Committeewoman

Jeanne Walther is a wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker. Past careers include RN at non-profit hospitals and substitute teacher at public schools. Jeanne and her husband, Michael, have lived and worked in Vero Beach, Florida for almost forty years and they relish the opportunity to further the influence of the Democratic Party in Florida.

Robert Bruner

Vice Chair of Outreach

Bob Bruner is our Vice-Chair of Outreach.  Bob moved here in 2015 and has brought his political activism as a Democrat to our county.  In addition to his role as Vice Chair, Bob’s a member of the Democratic Club, a Precinct Captain, and a member of the Precinct Action Committee.    Bob was previously involved in several campaigns including former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland, former Congressman Zack Space and Sherrod Brown U.S. Senator.  Before moving to Sebastian, Bob was the Guernsey County Democratic Chair.  His political highlights include attending the first inauguration of Barack Obama and meeting President ...

William C. Evans

DEC Chair

Bill retired to Vero Beach in late 2018 with his wife, Gayle, after a long career in Information Technology starting with General Dynamics where he established and ran one of their four corporate data centers in Pomona CA. Upon the GD divestiture of the IT Division to Computer Sciences Corporation, Bill got into their IT Outsourcing Business  and then with IBM, running their global Outsourcing Transition-Transformation Business. He finished his career with Ericsson in New Jersey. Bill, an avid golfer, and Gayle have two children, Alexandria and Andrew.

Al Griffiths

President of the Democratic Club

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 and real estate businesses throughout Connecticut. Following working in construction, Al became a small business owner who started, owned and managed a community association management and maintenance company based in the greater New Haven, Connecticut, area.   At its peak, Al and Nancy managed over 40 community associations with twenty employees. Al and Nancy retired in 2011 and moved to Sebastian ...

Dionne McNamee

Treasurer

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 adjunct professor of accounting at George Washington University. Dionne lives in Vero Beach and is treasurer of her homeowners’ association. She is a lifelong Democrat, who wants to help turn Florida and Indian River County blue. She has been a campaign volunteer in both Virginia and Florida.  Dionne is married and the mother of four adult children.

Claudia Martino

Secretary

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 manager in the corporate sector for 24 years. In 2017, she retired to Sebastian. Martino has been a leader in Democratic politics since the 2012 Obama campaign in Broward County where she served as a neighborhood leader and also volunteered for Clinton in 2016 and for the midterms in 2018.

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 Inslee of Washington recognized her leadership by appointing her to the board of directors for the State Developmental Disabilities Council.  She also was awarded a Public Policy Fellowship focusing on education and disability legislation.  In 2018, Stacey ran for the Indian River County School Board, District 4, and currently serves at the Operations Coordinator for the Democrats of Indian River.

Adriana de Kanter, chair

communication@democratsofindianriver.org

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.

treasurer@democratsofindianriver.org

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

candidatedevelopment@democratsofindianriver.org

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

secretary@democratsofindianriver.org

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

office@democratsofindianriver.org

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

office@democratsofindianriver.org

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.