Charlotte County Democrats

Democratic Executive Committee Officers


Teresa Jenkins Teresa is a political junkie. She grew up on a tobacco farm in Southern Maryland where she learned the value of hard work and that it was Democrats who looked out for rural families and economic opportunities. She has a BS degree in Business Administration and an MBA and her entire working career…

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Jim Ellsworth Jim Ellsworth is a retired Banking Executive, University professor and Community leader from Northwest Indiana. He spent some 46 years in commercial banking rising to Director ,President and CEO of a small community bank. He holds a number of degrees in business and economics from Marian University, Indiana University and the American Bankers…

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Jane Merriam Jane is a former IBM sales executive originally from the Washington, DC area. She has been an active member of the Charlotte County Democrats since she moved to the area in 2007. She is excited to be serving as the DEC Secretary as well as the DEC Office Manager and Volunteer Coordinator. She…

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Lucy Huyke Garner Lucy was born and raised in Colombia, South America. She has a Ph.D. from Florida State University. She became a proud U.S. citizen in 1998. Lucy has lived in Charlotte County for 38 years and has participated in the Charlotte County Alzheimer’s Support Group, the Charlotte County Public School’s Homeless Students and…

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Thomas Garner Tom has lived in Florida since he was one year old. He graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor’s in Criminology. He has worked in Florida state government, including the Parole and Probation Commission, the Auditor General’s office, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. While with the FDLE, he investigated white-collar…

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Local Democratic Clubs & Caucuses


  • Charlotte County Democratic Club

  • Englewood Democratic Club

  • Sarasota-Charlotte Democratic Progressive Caucus

  • Democratic Environmental Caucus of Florida – Charlotte County  (DECF-CC)

  • Democratic Hispanic Caucus of Florida – Charlotte County (DHCF-CC)

  • Democratic Veterans Caucus of Florida – Charlotte County

  • Democratic Women’s Club of Florida – Charlotte County  (DWC-CC)

Standing Committees

The Charlotte County Democratic Executive Committee (CCDEC) includes many standing committees. Any Democrat who resides in Charlotte County is eligible to serve in an advisory capacity on these committees, and all CCDEC members may serve on any committee.

Learn more by clicking the name of any committee in the directory below.  If you are interested in participating, please contact the leader listed:

The Candidate & Campaign Committee identifies, recruits, trains, and provides support for candidates for federal, state, county, and local/municipal office.

Candidate & Campaign Chair:

The Communications Committee is responsible for editing, publishing, and expanding the audience for CharlotteDems communications.


The Diversity Taskforce ensures the CharlotteDems organization truly represents, includes, and serves disenfranchised and oppressed communities, including people of color, immigrants, the disabled, and the poor. Register voters and increase voter turnout in these communities.

The Finance Committee ensures compliance with CharlotteDems financial reporting requirements.


The Fundraising Committee raises funds to support our work, including by cultivating monthly supporters and major donors, and by hosting fundraising events.

Chair:  | |

The Membership Committee recruits and recognizes members and volunteers, greets members and guests at monthly meetings, tracks attendance, and ensures accuracy of our membership directory.

Membership Committee Chair:

The Precinct Coordinators Committee hosts monthly district meetings and leads the Precinct Captains’ work in your district to meet quarterly and monthly goals.

Precinct Coordinators Committee Chair: Linda DeMerrit 

The Young Democrats Committee ensures the Charlotte County Democrats truly represents, includes, and serves young people. The Committee helps recruit interns, register voters, and increase voter turnout among voters (and future voters) ages 14-35.

Young Democrats Committee Chair: 

Office Manager 
Jane Merriam  
CCDEC Chair 
Teresa Jenkins 
CCDEC Vice Chair 
Nancy Razvoza 
CCDEC Secretary 
Jane Merriam 
CCDEC Treasurer 
Jim Ellsworth 
CCDEC State Committeeman 
Tom Garner 
CCDEC State Committeewoman 
Dr. Lucy Huyke Garner 
2020 Blue Gala Committee 
Jane Merriam 
Campaign (Candidates) Committee 
Nancy Razvosa
Communications Committee 
Diversity & Inclusion Committee 
Newsletter Editor 
Steve Johnson 
Precinct Captain Coordinating Committee 
Linda DeMerrit 
Social Media Coordinator 
Carlton Noles
Volunteers Development Team 
Jane Merriam 
Voter Registration Coordinator 
Nancy Razvoza 
Young Democrats of Charlotte County 
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