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.

Patrick Firth
Vice Chair

Patrick has been very active in politics since with his time with the Talbot County Democratic Forum, where he volunteered for President Obama’s reelection as a high school student. As a student at The College of William & Mary, where he received B.A.'s in Government and History, he volunteered for Monty Mason for Delegate of District 93, Williamsburg, VA; served as a campaign strategist for Virginia’s 1st District congressional candidate, Norm Mosher; and interned on Capitol Hill for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. He also worked extensively with the Senate Democratic Steering & Outreach Committee during his tenure on the Hill.

Patrick joined Michael Best Strategies in Washington, D.C. during the summer of 2017. He tracks, researches, and reports on key policy topics and works extensively energy, agriculture, tax, trade, and financial technology issues.

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.

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.

Gene Counihan

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.  

Walter Chase
Community Organizer

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.

Lesley Israel
Elections Organizer

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
Political Grassroots Organizer

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.

Susan Delean-Botkin
Community Organizer