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Who We Are

Committee Members

Jeff Lewis- Chairperson
Jeanne Crane- Vice Chairperson
Jim Renfrew- Vice Chairperson
Kriss Sniffen- Treasurer
Beth Wood- Secretary


District 001

Cynthia Turner 

Michael Schmackpfeffer 

District 002

Darlene Benton 

Larry Harvey 

District 003

Terry Wilbert

District 004

Patricia Cammarata 

Sandra Walter

District 005

Phil McKenna

District 006

Gary Kent 


District 001

Maureen Beach 

Janice Grabowski 

District 002

Kriss Sniffen 

Beth Wood 


District 001

Jeffrey Lewis 

Bob Golden

District 003

Eileen Aina 

Jeanne Crane 


District 001

James R. Renfrew

District 002

Donna Peterson-Spence 

Christine White


District 001

Bill Lattin 

Theodore Swiercznski 

District 003

Ann Consler

District 004

Rick Ebbs


District 001

Catherine Renko 

Kathryne Wahl

District 003

Jonathan Gillman 

Lynn Szozda 


District 001

Patti Moore


District 005

Jess Marciano

District 007

Leighann VanAucker



District 001

Darlene Rich 

Dan Nogle



District 001

Agnes M. Recco 

We work to :

*Provide representative and responsible government

*Inspire and encourage democrats to participate in governance

*Guide Democrats through the process of getting on the ballot to run for elected office

* Support endorsed democrats through the election process

Your committee is made up of 2 elected members from each election district, for the total of 80 committee seats in Orleans County.

Why I Am a Democrat

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.

Senator Corey Booker


      Why am I a Registered Democrat?  I see the value of being a part of a greater whole in a way that I have a voice in the primary election process.  I see the value of my voice in choosing representatives who will best make use of science and empathy to protect and serve humanity and our planet.  I see the value of my voice in choosing representatives who put planetary and humanitarian balance and alliances above blind allegiance.  

Beth Wood


      I have not always been a Democrat. In 1972 my parents were life-long Republicans. I registered as a Republican, as well. But my thinking shifted and I changed my registration in that same year. I supported the Democratic nominee for president in 1972! I even served as a primary poll watcher! By the 1980’s my parents had become Democrats, too!

      Sometimes Democrats in elected office have disappointed me, yet I am still here because the Democrats represent the best hope for change in our part of New York. The impact of climate change is serious and steps must be taken now to give the environment a chance. I believe that health care is right for everyone, not a privilege only for those who can afford it. The Republican do-nothing approach to the pandemic verges on criminal. Poverty and racism undermine our democracy and blaming the victims makes it all worse. Our foreign policy was reduced to a shambles over the last four years, and it is Democrats that are working hard to restore our stature in the world.    

      I am glad to be a Democrat. I am glad to be serving on our county committee. I am glad to be working with all of you!

James Renfrew

      I am a democrat because I believe in putting people first.  Making the change to better each individual, each family, every community and our nation.

      We do this by supporting healthcare, education, infrastructure and more within our diverse nation

Kriss Sniffen

I am a proud democrat.

I believe in a free enterprise system for the working and middle classes, not just corporations.

I believe no one should go bankrupt, lose their home and life savings, or die because they can't afford healthcare and don't have reasonable health insurance.

I believe no one should be homeless, hungry, abused, or neglected regardless of the cause.

Jeanne Crane

In Our

Get to Know Us

Welcome to the Home Page of Orleans County Democratic Committee.  We invite you to become a regular visitor to this site, to keep current with our activities, and to get involved.

Orleans County is where we live.  We are enthusiastic about improving our communities and we are committed to doing the challenging work this will entail.  We hope you will join our effort!
We are young, old, women, men, parents, children, business owners, farmers, fire fighters, nurses, teachers, students, veterans, retirees, and more.  Some of our families have lived here for many generations and some of us are recent arrivals, but our hopes for this county are the same.  Though diverse in our backgrounds, we share a common vision of what Orleans County can be:

•    A community where hard work is valued and people can achieve their dreams,
•    A community where children want to live and raise families,
•    A community that sustains good jobs and living wages,
•    A community with effective government and services, lower taxes, openness and participation,
•    A community that benefits from excellent schools and educational opportunities,
•    A community that offers  accessible and affordable health care for all,
•    A community that provides outstanding care for young children and elders,
•    A community where clean air and water, and many recreational opportunities are available,
•    A community that seeks safety and peace for all, especially the most vulnerable, and
•    A community that is proud, generous and hopeful!

Our vision as Democrats is to do everything we can to make Orleans County a community where people will want to live, work, raise families, and thrive, and thereby benefit many others.

Wishing for change is not enough.  Government matters.  Local taxes, state initiatives, and federal policies affect our lives every single day.  Government can hold us back or move us forward.  As Democrats we are ready to move forward … for you and with you!

More than anything else, this website is your personal invitation to become involved with Orleans County Democrats:

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