About the OCDP

The Oakland County Democratic Party is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote social and economic justice by building an engaged, diverse, Democratic majority in Oakland County in order to enhance the quality of life for all.

Membership is open to all Oakland County residents who are eligible to vote.  Our Executive Committee meets the second Tuesday of each Month at 7:00 PM. Currently, most meetings are held at the Plumbers Union Hall, 555 Horace Brown Drive, Madison Heights, MI 48071. Occasionally, meetings are held in other parts of the county, check the calendar for specific details. These meetings are free and open to the public. Please join us!


OCDP Bylaws
Updated OCDP Bylaws were passed in July 2020. Special thank you to the OCDP Rules and Bylaws Committee for all of their hard work.
You can read the OCDP Bylaws HERE


OCDP Officers

The OCDP Officers are directly responsible for financial and strategic decisions within the organization and are elected by the Executive Committee.

  • Vaughn Derderian, Chair
  • Wanda Anderson, 1st Vice-Chair
  • Anthony Grillo, Vice-Chair
  • Chris Jensen, Vice-Chair
  • William Miller III, Vice-Chair
  • Kelli Williams, Corresponding Secretary
  • Julia Galliker, Recording Secretary
  • Phillip Reid, Treasurer
  • Brian Dunphy, 8th District Representative
  • Jenny Byer, 9th District Representative
  • Carla Meier, 11th District Representative
  • Loretta Coleman, 14th District Representative
  • Bruce Fealk, Officer-at-Large
  • Linda Furlough, Officer-at-Large
  • Jaron GarzaOfficer-at-Large
  • Gloria Harsten-Spann, Officer-at-Large
  • Melanie Hartman, Officer-at-Large
  • Kevin Hrit, Officer-at-Large
  • Sharon Kelly-Person, Officer-at-Large
  • E'toille Libbett, Officer-at-Large
  • Jeremy Mahrle, Officer-at-Large
  • Kathy Martin, Officer-at-Large
  • Brittany Pinnock, Officer-at-Large
  • Ray Wert, Officer-at-Large
  • Sergeant-At-Arms
  • Murray Gorchow, Parliamentarian
  • Alex Barshaw, Director of Operations


The Executive Committee

The number of Executive Committee members changes based on the number of Democratic candidates nominated in the prior election cycle. Currently, the Executive Committee consists of about 150 people: approximately one-third of whom are the most recent Democratic nominees for county-wide office, county commission, state house, state senate, and U.S. House of Representatives, whose districts include all or part of Oakland County.  The remaining people are elected at the County Convention held shortly after the November general election in even-numbered years.  Each Democratic Club is allotted a certain percent of the slots; club members vote to determine who from the club’s area will serve on the Executive Committee.  Committee members serve for a two-year term.  Current members are listed under the CLUBS menu; see your specific club

The first order of its business is to elect the OCDP Chairperson and Officers.  Thereafter the committee conducts its work at monthly meetings where it hears reports from the Chair and Committee Chairpersons and functions as oversight to the Officers.

In addition, the members serve on one of the six standing committees specified in the OCDP bylaws:

CommunicationsChair Kevin Hrit

Political OrganizingChair Linda Furlough

Rules & BylawsChair Sharon Kelly Person

FinanceChair Ray Wert

ResolutionsChair Kelli Williams

Membership:  Chair Kathy Martin

Recent committee accomplishments include:  planning and development of an OCDP app, planning and staffing of the inaugural Top Golf fundraising event, staffing of an OCDP booth at Arts Beats and Eats in 2019, revision of the bylaws previously last revised in 2011, and development of a budget.