Margherita Rossi, President (Broome)
Diane Lechner, Vice President (Tioga)
Sandra Kasson, Secretary (Steuben)
Elizabeth Benedict, Treasurer (Steuben)
Barbara Hetzel, Member-at-Large (Allegany)
Hilda Lando, Member-at-Large (Steuben)
Joyce Baldwin, Member-at-Large (Tioga)
Linda Witte, Member-at-Large (Cattaraugus)
Maria Bucci, Member-at-Large (Ontario)
Shirley Barton, Member-at-Large (Schuyler)
Ruth Same, Member-at-Large (Seneca)
Debbie McComick, Member-at-Large (Cayuga)
Leslie Danks-Burke, Member-at-Large (Tompkins)
Democratic Women of the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes is an independent, grassroots organization dedicated to bringing more Democratic women into the political process. We recruit and support Democratic women candidates for public office at any level, from the very local to national.
We do not endorse candidates. We identify on this website any woman running on the Democratic line in any race in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions of New York State in a current election cycle.
We actively recruit women to become engaged in their communities and to run for office. We are a first-stop source of information for potential candidates. We connect potential candidates with their appropriate Boards of Elections and political committees. We provide training and community programs, and we are a network for exchanging ideas and information. Lastly, we are a source for professional development on political issues for members and non-members.
Denise King, Past Chair, Executive Committee of the NYS Democratic Committee; Past Chair, Democratic Rural Conference (DRC) of New York State
Mary Williams, President, Dutchess Democratic Women's Caucus
Pat O'Dwyer, President, New York State Federation of Democratic Women
Carol Grippen, Past President, Democratic Women of Broome County
Nancy Bargar, Past Majority Leader, Chautauqua County Legislature
Former Advisory Committee Members
Claire Brandt, Past President, Dutchess County Democratic Women's Caucus (2013 - 2016)
Lena Bishop, 4th Vice President, National Federation of Democratic Women, Past President of NYS Federation of Democratic Women (2014-2017)