Delaware Democrats have elected longtime party activist and former Executive Director Erik Raser-Schramm as the new chairman of the state party at its annual convention June 10 at Delaware Tech’s Terry Campus.
Raser-Schramm, 39, succeeds John Daniello, who is retiring after leading the party since 2015, making him one of the longest-serving state party chairs in the nation.
Raser-Schramm has been involved with the Delaware Democratic Party at various levels since 2002 and has led a number of local and statewide races, most recently leading Stephanie Hansen’s special election victory in February, a high-stakes race for the Senate majority. He also represented Delaware as a Clinton delegate at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
Joining Raser-Schramm in party leadership are Vice Chairwoman Betsy Maron and Vice Chairman Jim Hussey.
Maron has served as the New Castle County Democratic Committee chair. In addition to her campaign work, she has provided pro bono legal representation to the state and county parties on various issues.
Hussey has served as the vice chairman since 2004. He has worked alongside Delaware’s labor leaders to promote and strengthen labor unions.
The Delaware Democratic Party has stood for diversity and equality across economic status, race, gender and sexual orientation. Those values are reflected not only by the newly elected leadership slate, but also by the passage of a platform.
The platform is the culmination of more than a year’s worth of work and dedication on the part of Delaware’s Democrats. In the process of drafting the platform, the committee was committed to ensuring Democrats had a chance to give meaningful input to the platform.
“Throughout the course of the platform process, we were thoughtful in representing the wide range of views held by Delaware’s Democrats, tied together by the common themes of inclusivity and opportunity,” Maron said. “We have a lot of work to do to bring our country back together, but I have unwavering faith in our ability to engage and empower Delawareans to help us fight to ensure our economy works for everyone instead of just those at the top as well as to overcome these divisive times.”
“The hard work starts today,” Raser-Schramm said. “And it starts with helping our legislative leaders in Dover balance our state budget responsibly, in a way that preserves funding levels and critical core services that our students, educators and working men and women deserve.”
Delaware Democrats also elected Secretary Linda Cavanaugh, Treasurer Helene Keeley, National Committeewoman Kristin Dwyer and National Committeeman Sean Finnigan,
For information, visit deldems.org.