We are part of the over 14,000 registered Democrats in Nassau County and include the Democratic Executive Committee (DEC), the Democratic Club of Amelia Island (DCAI) and the Westside Democratic Club of Nassau County (WDCNC). The DEC is the liaison between local voters and the state Democratic Party. The clubs provide a volunteer base and organize the social activities for Democrats in Nassau County.
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Democratic Executive Committee Officers
Chair – Alice Pehlke
Alice is a retired enterprise management consultant. She has been a Callahan resident since 2004. It was during the George H. Bush era that she felt compelled to become more politically active and joined the Westside Democrat Club. She currently serves as their treasurer. She is also treasurer of the Friends of the Callahan Branch Library and a member of the Nassau Library Advisory Board. A lifelong Democrat, she has always supported the values of the party. During her career, Alice worked with many businesses and nonprofit organizations. That experience has given her an understanding and compassion for small to medium-sized enterprises and the challenges they face in a “trickle down” economy. She comes from a military family and strongly supports our armed forces. From growing up on a Wisconsin farm, to being a military wife during Vietnam, spending her career in the Chicagoland area, and retiring in Callahan, Alice has seen the good and the not-so-good in America. She knows if we all work together we can make our country the place we dream of for our future generations.
Vice-Chair – Shelia Cocchi
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Secretary – Jennifer Wildes
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Treasurer – Angie Hall
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State Committeemanwoman – Tammy Davis
Tammy J. Davis, Ph.D, recently retired from academe where she served for 37 years as a management professor, teaching organization behavior/theory courses and human resource management courses. It was while teaching compensation management that she realized that legislatures were not implementing solutions to the growing problems of economic inequality. Thus, her interest in politics arose out of a confluence of factors: the ill-advised entry of the U.S. into the Iraqi War, growing economic inequality in society (resulting largely from failure of legislative bodies to adequately adjust minimum wage and cap exponentially increasing executive pay), exponentially-increasing healthcare costs, a loosening of gun control laws and an increase in gun violence, and a shift in attitudes and funding for public education. She changed her voter registration from Independent to Democratic and volunteered in Barack Obama’s second campaign. As an educator, she believes in research and solid information on which to base one’s decisions, and she is committed to helping to educate the next generation of voters.
State Committeeman – Phil Morton
A Nassau county resident since 1988, Phil lives in Bryceville with his daughter Jessica. He is a retired small business owner and educator with a degree in Politics from Wake Forest University. He has served as Treasurer, Temporary Chair and State Committeeman of the Executive Committee and is currently President of the Westside Democratic Club. A member of the West Nassau Historical Society, Callahan Lions Club, Bryceville Friends of the Library, Bryceville Community Club, Greater Nassau Chamber of Commerce and the Nassau County Library Advisory Board.