Welcome to the Kent County Democratic Central Committee.
Mission: Our mission is to promote the Democratic Party and values in Kent County. We find, train, support, and work to elect Democratic candidates in Kent County, State District 36, and U.S. Congressional District-1. We also represent Kent County at the Maryland State Democratic Central Committee.
The Kent County Democratic Central Committee works hard to:
- Train candidates
- Answer candidate and constituent questions
- Hold discussions and forums between candidates and constituents
- Host campaign events
- Raise funds for the Central Committee
Vision: Our vision is to promote and integrate Democratic values throughout Kent County for all residents.
Democrats have an extensive progressive record, focusing on improving the lives of every Marylander and fighting for middle class families. We champion the principles of equity, justice, and opportunity for all. Our party is dedicated to bringing Marylanders together and understands that united, we are stronger.
The Kent County Democratic Central Committee fully supports this message. We work hard to support Democratic candidates, organize and promote political and civic activism, and promote Democratic values and ideals for all Kent County citizens.
THE 2016 DEMOCRATIC PLATFORM
Every four years, the Democratic Party puts together our party platform, the ideas and beliefs that govern our party as a whole.
What follows is our 2016 platform — our most progressive platform in our party’s history and a declaration of how we plan to move America forward. Democrats believe that cooperation is better than conflict, unity is better than division, empowerment is better than resentment, and bridges are better than walls.
This party platform was voted on and passed by our membership at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in 2016. The platform will be updated and re-approved at the 2020 Democratic National Convention.
- Raise incomes and restore economic security for the middle class
- Create good-paying jobs
- Fight for economic fairness and against inequality
- Bring Americans together and remove barriers to opportunities
- Protect voting rights, fix our campaign finance system and restore our Democracy
- Combat climate change, build a clean energy economy and secure environmental justice
- Provide quality and affordable education
- Ensure the health and safety of all Americans
- Principled leadership
- Support our troups and keep faith with our veterans
- Confront global threat
- Protect our values
- A leader in the world.
Who We Are: There are ten Central Committee members, elected by Kent County citizens to four year terms in Maryland’s Democratic Primary.
Pam White serves as Chair of the Kent County Democratic Central Committee.
Raised in a politically and socially active family, she has long been involved in local politics, serving on working committees on local issues, and as Election Supervisor for the town of University Park, Maryland. Pam moved to Kent County in 2013 after a career at the University of Maryland, College Park. She was drawn to the quiet beauty and waters of Kent County as well as the vigorous art and cultural energy in Chestertown. She appreciates the smaller scale of Kent County. Here, local issues are close to everyone and actions may bring a greater and more immediate impact to the community. She currently serves as President of the Board of Chestertown RiverArts.
John Carroll serves as Vice Chair. Bio to come
Erik Gulbrandsen serves as Treasurer. Bio to come.
Bronson Percival serves as Secretary.
Drawn to Chestertown after decades overseas, Bronson Percival joined the Kent County Central Committee in 2019.
Appalled by such Republicans as Nixon and Trump, he has been a Democrat since his student days. A retired U.S. diplomat, professor, and adviser at research institutes, Bron’s career was focused on national security issues, including terrorism in Asia. He worked with the U.S. Navy for more than a decade before retiring to Chestertown.
Now he devotes his time to supporting Democrats, playing tennis, collecting antique maps, and enjoying the Eastern Shore with his wife Susan.
Sandra Bjork I am a nurse attorney and have been active in Maryland Democratic Party activities in Montgomery County as a co-precinct chair and, since retiring to Kent County, I have served on the Democratic Central Committee from 2010, first as an appointed member and was elected in 2014 and 2018. I had the honor to serve as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 2012. These positions have enabled me to have experience in the workings of the party at the local, state and national levels and understand that “all politics truly are local”.
Liz Gross has been a Kent County resident since 1999. Her career as an oceanographer was mostly spent as Executive Director of an international ocean research organization. Since retiring in 2000, she has held many volunteer positions in the community including Treasurer for the National Music Festival, Good Neighbor Fund of the CVMA, and the Garfield Center. Liz also serves on the board of the United Way of Kent County. In her first foray into politics, she was elected to the Chestertown Town Council and served from 2014-2018, declining to run for re-election due to the failing health of her late husband. Service on the Kent County Democratic Central Committee is an important part of her commitment to this region.
Dr. Melvin Rapelyea has had a 40 year medical career in the field of Radiology, the last 12 of which have been done in Chestertown. He started the Chestertown Jazz Festival in 1996 as a fundraiser for the Native and African American Cultural Museum and the Kent County Arts council. He still leads the jazz festival committee. He also serves on the boards of The Garfield Center for the Arts, The Sultana Education Foundation, and Echo Hill Camp.
William Pickrum is currently the Project Manager for Delaware State University’s (DSU) Renewable Energy Education Center and an Instructor in DSU’s Aviation Department; Founding Vice President of the Delaware Chapter, American Association of Blacks in Energy; Past President of the Kent County Maryland Board of Commissioners; A member of the Board of Directors, Boy Scouts of America Delmarva Council. Retired U.S. Coast Guard Commander (O-5). Education: Master of Arts (Administration) Chapman College and Bachelor of Science, U. S. Coast Guard Academy. CERTIFICATIONS: Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO) from the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council.