As announced last month, the state's Democratic Party chairman Jim Burn is stepping down as head of Allegheny County's party to focus on statewide duties. The local party released bios today of its new leaders, including chair Nancy Mills of Moon and vice chair Wayne Fontana, the Brookline state senator and close supporter of Allegheny County exec Rich Fitzgerald.

The bios from the committee are in full after the jump:


PITTSBURGH: The Allegheny County Democratic Committee today announced the appointment of three members to its leadership team. The announcement comes just weeks after current State Party Chair Jim Burn announced he would be resigning his post as the County Chair to focus on re-electing Barack Obama and supporting this year’s statewide candidates.

“Chairman Burn has been a great leader of Democrats in Allegheny County.  I look forward to continuing to work with him, the new members of my team and the 3,000+ volunteer members of our committee to bring home victories for all of our candidates in 2012,” said Mills.

Nancy Patton Mills – County Party Chair
Nancy Patton Mills brings a lifetime of experience in Democratic politics to this position. Most recently, she served as the Vice-Chair of the Allegheny County Democratic Committee. Chair Mills is a member of Democratic State Committee, The Pennsylvania Federation of Democratic Women, the Allegheny County Democratic Women’s Division, the Allegheny County Democratic Women’s Caucus, and was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 2008. She is also a member of the Moon Township Planning Commission and former Moon Township Supervisor. Nancy and her husband Richard, Chair of the Moon Township Democratic Committee, are residents of Moon Township.

State Senator Wayne Fontanta- County Party Vice-Chair
An early supporter of County Executive Rich Fitzgerald’s, Sen. Fontana knows what it takes to win tough races and is ready for 2012. He has represented the 42nd Senatorial District since 2005. He was an Inaugural member of Allegheny County Council and served as its Vice-President from 2004 through 2005. He is a former member of the 19th Ward Democratic Committee, Boilermakers Local 154 and Teamsters Locals 249 and 211. Sen. Fontana and his wife currently reside in the Brookline section of the City of Pittsburgh.

David Buchewicz – County Party Treasurer
David Buchewicz, a retired real estate tax collector, accountant, and administrator, wears about as many hats as anyone in Allegheny County politics. He is the Chair of the South Park Democratic Committee, Treasurer of the Char Valley Democratic Organization, Member of the Democratic State Committee, and serves on the Executive Committee of the Allegheny County Democratic Committee. He is also a South Park Township Supervisor, President of the Allegheny County Association of Township Officials, Director for the Allegheny League of Municipalities, Chairman of the Friends of South Park, and serves on the Board of Governors for Amen Corner. Dave and his wife Joan are residents of South Park Township.


Floretta Irvin – County Party Secretary

Floretta Irvin will continue to serve as the Secretary of the Allegheny County Democratic Committee. She is a 12th Ward Democratic Committee Member, former aide to Councilwoman Valerie McDonald Roberts and a former Administrative Assistant to Governor Robert Casey.  She is a member of the Lincoln-Lemington Health Center, Lincoln-Lemington Senior Adult Advisory Board, East End AARP, and past President of the Lincoln-Lemington CDC. Floretta and her husband Clarence are 40 year residents of the Lincoln-Lemington area in the City of Pittsburgh.


“We, the Democrats of Allegheny County, are committed to the broadest and fullest participation of all Democrats in the affairs of the Party, and we are also committed to encourage and foster the participation of citizens in the governing process.   What we seek for our County we hope and pray for all the people; individual freedom in the framework of a just society, and political freedom and liberty for all.” A.C.D.C. by-laws


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