Your Central Committee

Scott Kane

Scott serves as Chair to the Talbot County Democratic Central Committee.

Scott is a former Mayor of Chevy Chase and served as a member of the Maryland Municipal League. He led numerous organizations and is a member of the Annapolis Yacht Club, recently serving as Chairman the Finance Committee. Scott has degrees from Swarthmore College, the Ohio State University and the George Washington University. Scott has had an active business and consulting career in the United States, Europe and Latin America.

Following a long career in Energy, technology IT and Cybersecurity, Scott started Solar Lane in 2012 to bring solar electricity to Maryland and to developing countries around the globe.

Scott is an avid sailor and maintains a strong interest in environmental and energy issues as well as the geophysical and biological sciences. Scott resides in Easton, Maryland with his wife Courtney. Courtney and Scott have a son in San Diego, California, a daughter in Nashville, Tennessee and five grandchildren.

Gene Counihan
Vice Chair

Gene was born and raised in Cumberland, Maryland and obtained his B.S. from Frostburg State University and an M.S. from American University. He enjoyed a 30-year career as a math teacher and school administrator while raising 5 daughters in Montgomery County. Gene served on the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee and was elected to, and served, three 4-year terms in the Maryland House of Delegates. During his service in the Legislature, he held several leadership positions including Chair of the Montgomery County Delegation and Vice-chair of the Ways and Means Committee.

In 1995, Gene traveled around the world as a representative of the US Government on a speaking tour in China, Russia, and Mongolia. He also chaired the Maryland-Leningrad Sister-State Committee for several years and traveled on mission trips to Nanyuki, Kenya and Drift, Kentucky.

After retiring from MCPS and the Legislature, Gene was a Special Assistant to Gov Glendening before accepting the position of Maryland Government Relations Officer at the Washington Metro Area Transit Authority, where he served until his retirement in 2006.

After moving to Easton in 2014, Gene has been active at the Avalon Theatre, Character Counts, Talbot Mentors, CBF's oyster gardening program and the Democratic Forum. He was also elected to the Board and served as Chair of the Easton Club Community Association.  

Abe Kruger

Abe Kruger serves as Treasurer of the Talbot County Democratic Central Committee.

A 2017 graduate of William & Mary with a B.A. in Anthropology and Chinese, Abe serves as a Student Services Coordinator with the Junior State of America Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to youth civic education. He has been a proud activist since he was in high school working to elect Barack Obama as a volunteer in 2012. Abe grew up in Oxford, MD and attended Easton High School. He sailed competitively and was the treasurer for the William & Mary Sailing Team. He is also a certified Notary Public in the State of Maryland.

Patrick Firth

Patrick has been very active in politics since he volunteered for President Obama’s first and second campaigns as a middle and high school student on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. While in college, he volunteered for Monty Mason for Delegate of District 93 in Williamsburg, VA; served as a campaign strategist for Virginia’s 1st District congressional candidate, Norm Mosher; and worked on Capitol Hill for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). He worked extensively with the Senate Democratic Steering & Outreach Committee while on Capitol Hill.

Patrick was elected in the 2018 Maryland Democratic Primary to serve on the Talbot County Democratic Central Committee in Talbot County, Maryland. He has served as Vice Chair and currently serves as Secretary. Patrick recruits and organizes volunteers, manages the digital outreach strategy for Talbot Democrats, and monitors a robust candidate pipeline for the Mid-Shore region of Maryland. Patrick has also been certified by the National Democratic Training Committee to conduct political training seminars for candidates, volunteers, organizers, and activists on political strategy, as well as communications and social media ‘best practices.’

At Michael Best Strategies, Patrick works on a wide variety of issues including housing & finance, food & agriculture, energy & environment, tax, and trade. In addition to intensive research and advocacy-based client servicing, Patrick oversees all client communications, including customized news and issues monitoring for daily newsletters, weekly and bi-weekly reports to clients, and all relevant client alerts that originate out of the Michael Best Strategies federal practice.

Patrick sailed competitively for the William & Mary Sailing Team for all four of his college years. As Vice Commodore, he negotiated and organized the sailing team's relocation to Kingsmill Resort on the James River. He also served on the Sports Club Leadership Board and helped manage and disburse the budgetary requests of every sport club on campus. In addition to serving on the Talbot County Democratic Central Committee, Patrick helped found and currently chairs the William & Mary Sailing Alumni Association.

Nancy Andrew

Nancy brings twenty years of experience in nonprofit management, community organizing, and volunteer engagement to the central committee. She previously served as the executive director for Habitat for Humanity Choptank and Talbot Mentors, helping both achieve significant organizational, financial, and programmatic growth during her tenure. Currently, she is employed as the operations manager with Delco Packaging.

Nancy holds a BA degree in government and politics from the University of Maryland. During college, she interned on Capitol Hill with Maryland Senator Paul S. Sarbanes and subsequently joined his staff as a legislative correspondent.  

Born and raised in Talbot County, Nancy has been involved with various community organizations starting with 4-H through which she was named a Maryland 4-H All-Star. She is a graduate of Shore Leadership as well as a past board member and past president of the Shore Leadership Alumni Association. Presently, she is a member of the Rotary Club of Easton and an organizer with Better Angels. Better Angels is a citizen’s organization uniting red and blue Americans in a working alliance to depolarize America. During the 2018 midterm election, she served as the Talbot County captain for Jesse Colvin for Congress during the general election.

Nancy and her husband Rick Leader live in Easton.

Walter Chase

Walter E. Chase, Sr. is a Commissioner for the Town of Trappe.  Walter graduated from the FBI National Academy.  He is also a past President of the Talbot County Democratic Central Committee.  At the present he is a life member of the Talbot County Branch of the NAACP an has served two terms as President. 

He is a lifetime member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, a member of Talbot County Parks and Recreation, the Easton Star Lodge #16 Masons, the Talbot County Economic Development Commission, a member of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 18, and a retired Chief of Police, Easton.

Wanda Green

Wanda Green is a native of Queen Anne County. She was raised in Wye Mills, MD which is barely a stone’s throw from Talbot County, by her aunt, Susie Green, who instilled in her the values that have served as her guide throughout her career and continues to be her guide in her everyday living.  These values are integrity, compassion, working hard, and treating others with respect.

Wanda graduated from Queen Anne’s County High School in 1973, but later moved to Easton, Maryland and eventually made it her home.  Lieutenant Green started her career in corrections at the Talbot County Detention Center and during her time there, she was encouraged by her peers to apply to become a deputy sheriff.  Wanda decided to take a chance, so she made a decision to apply for the position and was later hired as a Deputy Sheriff of the Talbot County Sheriff Department.

After graduating from the police academy in 1987, Wanda received extensive professional development offered by the Maryland Police Training Commission; School of Leadership; School of Administration, Domestic Violence Training; Active Shooter Training, and numerous other trainings throughout her career.

In December of 2000, Sheriff Thomas Duncan promoted Wanda to the rank of Lieutenant making her the first person to hold the rank of Lieutenant in the Talbot County Sheriff's Office. During his tenure, Sheriff Dallas Pope assigned Lt. Green to the position of Patrol Commander.

Lt. Green stands for inclusiveness and, therefore, will address the needs of every citizen in Talbot County.

Naomi Hyman

Naomi has over 30 years’ experience as a volunteer for Democratic initiatives and candidates. In 2016, she became a candidate for public office herself, motivated by her passionate belief that that every member of our community deserves to be heard, respected, and well represented. Although her campaign was unsuccessful, she brings her hard-earning skills and experience, as well as her commitment to making a difference in our community to the TCDCC.

Naomi has trained with Vote Run Lead, Emerge Maryland, and the Best Practices Institute of the Democratic Party and is a certified Democratic Trainer.

She has been a member of the Talbot County Empty Bowls Steering Committee since 2010, is the Secretary of the Talbot Association of Clergy and Laity (TACL) and served on the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Committee.

Naomi and her husband Bob have been Talbot Country residents for over twenty years.

Lesley Israel

Lesley Israel has had a very extensive career in the political world. She served as Senior Vice President for over a decade at The Kamber Group, a public relations and advertising, with an emphasis on problem solving for clients faced with serious image challenges, image development and general public relations services. She also served as President & CEO of Politics, Inc., a full-service political consulting firm that worked extensively in local, congressional, and statewide races nationwide. She served on the national presidential campaign staffs for Hubert Humphrey, Scoop Jackson, Birch Bayh, and Teddy Kennedy.

On the international side, Lesley served as both Treasurer and Director for the International Foundation for Election Systems. She is also a former president of the National Coalition Supporting Soviet Jewry, an organization dedicated to advocating for Jewish communities in countries of the former Soviet Union. Lesley is an international democracy expert having worked on elections and election training in countries around the world for over twenty years, from Afghanistan to Zanzibar.

Lesley is a member of the Presidential Commission on the Preservation of American Heritage Abroad, a former president of the Avalon Foundation, Director and Secretary of Bosnian Handicrafts, Inc., Director of Save a Child’s Heart, Vice President of the Cultural Exchange Foundation, an honorary life member and National Executive Committee member of the Anti-Defamation League, former board member at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, and board member of Talbot Humane.

Judy Wixted

Judy Wixted, a progressive activist, has worked with multiple Democratic Campaigns and Committees starting as a canvasser for then Senator Joe Biden.

A graduate of Cornell University, she has run her own business, taught public speaking and trained leaders up and down the East Coast of the United States. Judy is a retired corporate trainer and has spent her life working to inspire others to work to better themselves and strengthen our communities.

As Democratic Chair of Naperville Township, in Illinois, she recruited and supported candidates running for local office and found her passion. She believes that helping others run for local office is where Democrats best fight to move our country forward.