Madison is a diverse community with a significant Democratic presence in local government. The Mayor, Bob Conley, and five of the six members of the Borough Council, Carmela Vitale, Astri Baillie, John Hoover, Maureen Byrne and Ben Wolkowitz are Democrats.
The Madison Democratic Committee consists of as many as 28 members: one man and one woman for each of the 14 voting districts in the borough. The Committee members are elected every 2 years during the primary elections, and vacancies can be filled by a vote of the existing members of the Committee. The Committee is responsible for selecting candidates who will run on the Regular Democratic Party line in primary elections.
Madison Democratic Committee Officers
Chair – Missy Elias (Phone: (201) 220-4495)
Vice Chair – Dave Luber (Phone: (201) 370-9267)
Treasurer – Mike Hilgendorff
Secretary – Melissa Honohan
Each of Madison’s 14 voting districts has one male and one female representative on the committe.
District 1: Melissa Elias & Hugo Hilgendorff
District 2: Marianne McConnell & John F. Hoover
District 3: Molly Devlin & Charles Courtney
District 4: Elhame Cummins & Harold Spector
District 5: JoAnne McCarthy & David Luber
District 6: Christine Boyle & Stephen Sherman
District 7: Eleanor Flanigan & Robert Schriek
District 8: Christine Preston & John F. Heenehan
District 9: Rachel Barry & Ronald Davison
District 10: Denice Katz & Andrew Katz
District 11: Ann Huber & Donald Brunner
District 12: Maria Slabaugh & Scott Foster
District 13: Alix Mclean Jennings & Ross Snyder
District 14: Margaret White & Joe Balwierczak
Committee Members’ Roles
Committee members attend monthly Committee meetings. They bring items to meeting agendas as representatives of their voting districts. And they contribute to the development of the annual Committee Plan and associated priorities.
Committee members identify active Democrats in their voting districts and periodically communicate with them both formally and informally. They cultivate a pipeline for potential Borough Council candidates, and they secure contact information for potential Committee members or supporters.
Committee members are asked to lead one of the annual initiatives that are part of the Committee’s annual plan. These vary from year to year, and an initiative’s leader does not have to do all of the implementation work, but he or she is responsible for coordinating that effort.
When the Committee runs candidates in local elections, Committee members actively support Democratic candidates. Members will often walk with candidates in parades or at public appearances or canvass with candidates. They write letters to the editors of local news outlets, they support candidates at public events (e.g., Bottle Hill Day), and they make phone calls to Democrats in their voting districts.
Committee members are actively engaged with Committee communications. They suggest items for the Committee’s website, they engage with content on the Committee’s Facebook page and other social media, and they communicate with Democrats in their voting districts about meetings, campaign events, and other Committee priorities.