Your Democratic Party Leadership

The Ocean County Democratic Committee is proud to have successfully elected Democrats up and down the ticket throughout the years. On all levels of government and within our own party, our Democratic leadership have been tireless advocates for our vision and our values.


National Democratic Leaders

President Barack Obama

President Obama’s years of public service are based around his unwavering belief in the ability to unite people around a politics of purpose. In the Illinois State Senate, he passed the first major ethics reform in 25 years, cut taxes for working families, and expanded health care for children and their parents. As a United States Senator, he reached across the aisle to pass groundbreaking lobbying reform, lock up the world’s most dangerous weapons, and bring transparency to government by putting federal spending online.

President Obama and his wife Michelle are the proud parents of two daughters, Malia and Sasha.

Vice President Joe Biden

During his 36 years in the U.S. Senate, Biden established himself as a leader on some of our nation’s most important domestic and international issues. As the Chairman or Senior Democrat of the Senate Judiciary Committee for 17 years, then-Senator Biden was widely recognized for his work on criminal justice issues, including the landmark 1994 Crime Bill and the Violence Against Women Act. Biden also served as Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where he played a pivotal role in shaping U.S. foreign policy. He has been at the forefront of legislation related to terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, post-Cold War Europe, the Middle East, and Southwest Asia.

Vice President Biden and his wife Jill have three children: Ashley, Beau, and Hunter. They also have two daughters-in-law and five grandchildren.

Senator Robert Menendez

Senator Menendez has served as a school board member, a mayor and a state legislator. Since 1993, he has been standing up for New Jersey families in Washington, where he rose to become the third- highest ranking Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives and has taken on a prominent leadership role in the U.S. Senate. In Congress, Bob is working to make a real difference in the lives of New Jerseyans. That includes working to achieve economic security for families by creating jobs, promoting clean energy development, providing tax relief, investing in education, making health care more affordable and protecting consumers.


Senator Cory Booker

Throughout Cory Booker’s career, he hasn’t run away from big problems; he’s run towards them. From leading legal clinics in New Haven, Conn. as a law student to taking on one of the most powerful and entrenched political machines in New Jersey, Booker has built a record of bringing people together around tough challenges and delivering results that improved people’s lives.

As Senator, Cory Booker will take his collaborative approach to addressing the challenges facing the entire state — focusing on creating new jobs, strengthening small businesses and improving opportunity for all New Jerseyans. He was elected in October 2013 to fill out the expiring term of the late Senator Frank Lautenberg. Booker is a member of the Senate’s Commerce, Small Business and Entrepreneurship and Environment and Public Works Committees

Local Democratic Leaders

Barnegat Township

Committeewoman Elaine Taylor

Brick Township

Mayor John Ducey
Council President   Paul Mummolo
Council Vice-President Jim Fozman
Councilman Bob Moore
Councilwoman Heather deJong
Councilman Susan Lydecker
Councilwoman  Marianna Pontoriero
Councilwoman Andrea Zapcic

Island Heights

Councilman John Bendel
Councilman Kieran Pillion

Lakewood Township

Committeeman Raymond Coles 
Committeeman Meir Lichtenstein

Mantoloking Township

Councilman Peter Strohm

Seaside Park

Councilwoman Nancy Koury

South Toms River

Councilman Greg Handshy
Councilman Ernest Reevey

Ocean County Democratic Committee

 Chairman Wyatt Earp 
 Vice Chair Kathy Russell 
Corresponding Secretary Tim Ryan
Recording Secretary Joanne Sitek
 Treasurer Nick Montenegro
 Southern Regional Director John Kostopoulos
 Central Regional Director Jason Varano
 Northern Regional Director Christopher Leitner
 Committees and Chairs
 Infrastructure and Mentoring John Kostopoulos
 Labor Relations Fred Potter
 Election Committee Chris Leitner
Campaign Committee Greg Handshy
 ByLaw Committee Chris Leitner
 Young Democrats  Kevin Barron
 Legal Committee Michael Collins
 Training Chris Leitner 
 ADA Committee Jim Sigurdson 
 Legislative Issues Committee Bill Spedding
 Volunteer Coordination Annie Potter
 Parliamentarian John Ducey
 Event Coordination Diane Castner
 Voter Data  Joseph Kostecki
 Nominations Kieran Pillion

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