CHAIR: Bert Sise
I am a lifelong Democrat, raised by union member parents in the 50’s/60’s. I spent 30 years in the transportation industry here in the Keys and when I retired, I decided retirement was too boring. I work part-time in accounting, another skill I acquired along the way at Fla Keys Community College. I served as Treasurer of the Democrat party for the last 4 years and have been a precinct captain for the last 5 years. I live in Key West, having moved here in 1978.
VICE CHAIR: James A. (Jim) Doran, EdD
I am a life long resident of Florida and graduated from FSU with a BS in education, U of M with a MS in educational leadership and from UCF with a doctorate in curriculum and instruction. I began teaching in Key Largo and coaching basketball at Coral Shores High School in 1972. In 1974 I was honored by being selected as the Monroe County Teacher of the Year. In the late 70's I began a career in international education. Over the next 40 years I was a teacher, principal and then superintendent in various international schools in 7 countries around the world. However the Florida Keys was always our home. We built a house in Islamorada in the early 80's and spent our summers and vacations diving and fishing in the best place in the world to live. I am a long time Democrat and I have always been passionate about children, education, and the environment. From my international experience I am convinced that diversity is our greatest strength. After retiring in 2015 I became involved in the 2016 elections as a precinct captain and recently accepted the position of vice chair of the Keys Democratic party. I have two grown children and have been married to the love of my life for nearly 4 decades.
SECRETARY: Bill Estes
TREASURER: Suzanne Campbell
Suzanne is a seventh generation Conch who spent most of her childhood overseas. After graduating from university, she worked in Japan, England and Holland. She has been living in Key West since 1996, managing her family’s rental properties. She has been active with Move On, Women for Obama and League of Women Voters.
She currently works for Delta Global Services at EYW and continues her travels when she’s not helping with elections. Her two sons and Canadian husband are all active Democrats!
STATE COMMITTEE WOMAN: Tricia King
STATE COMMITTEE MAN: Dakin Weekley
Born and raised in Key West, Florida, I have spent most of my life in the Keys. I completed my BA in political economy at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. My first experience in politics was during the 2008 summer as a Field Organizer in charge of eight counties across southwest Washington for Governor Chris Gregoire’s re-election campaign. I then spent a legislative session as a policy intern with State Senator Eric Oemig and the last thing I worked on before leaving Washington was Denny Heck’s Congressional campaign in 2010. This fueled my interest in and understanding of politics, leading me back home to the Keys where I have been able to channel my experience into being a part of the Democratic Party since 2011. As Chair of the Henry Woods Memorial Democratic Club I organized a Democratic Candidate’s Speaker Series over the spring and summer leading up to the 2012 elections. I have also contributed to the local community in a myriad of ways, including serving as a member of the Key West Sustainability Advisory Board, being the Treasurer of the Florida Keys chapter of the ACLU, helping my family to run the oldest local-business in Key West, Fausto’s Food Palace, and pioneering Key West in Solidarity.
Fundraising/Events Chair: Sandy Haas
After 60 plus years of dealing with winters in Cincinnati and other northern locations, I happily re-located to Big Pine Key in 2015, after “trying out” the Keys for several years on vacation. My partner Gary and I feel so fortunate to enjoy the climate, the oceans and the beauty that surrounds us; I am committed to do what I can to help protect it for my children and soon- to- arrive grandchild. I have been a life-long Democrat and was pleased to be part of the initiative that helped deliver Ohio twice in President Obama’s elections. I am a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and The Ohio State University. I spent over 25 years in a fundraising career with three different organizations, ending with being the Major Gifts Director for the Arthritis Foundation, covering OH, KY, MI, WV and western PA. A favorite area was planning and executing events, an area that gave me the opportunity to host Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra; Al Jarreau; Susan Stamburg of NPR; Rory Kennedy and Carrol Spinney…the man inside Big Bird!!
2018 Florida Keys Democrat Officers
2017 Officers from left to right include, Bill Estes-Secretary, Suzanne Campbell- Treasurer, Tricia King- State Committee Woman, Dakin Weekley-State Committee Man, Bert Sise-Chair, Jim Doran-Vice Chair