This month we shine the spotlight on our newest additions to our corp of Democratic Committee Persons (CPs). The CPs are the troops on the ground responsible for achieving our goals of increasing: Democratic registration, Democratic voter turn-out, and Democrats elected. We are a large and diverse group. We still have some openings, and perhaps our newest members will inspire you. Read on!
ELLEN SOSANGELIS – East Marlborough-S (356)
Ellen Sosangelis joined Jim Chance as a Committee Person in East Marlborough South in December 2020. Ellen moved to the Kennett Area in 2005 and lives here with her partner, Neil, and their cat Smokey. She is very proud of her Greek heritage as both sets of her grandparents were born in Greece. Her roots are in Delaware County where she grew up and established her career in education. Ellen earned her B.A. at Rosemont College, her M.A. in History at West Chester University, and a Principal’s Certification from Penn State University. She taught secondary history and government for many years, served a brief tenure as a middle school principal eventually becoming an elementary principal in the Rose Tree Media School District, a role she held for 14 years until retirement.
Ellen has traveled extensively, experiencing new and diverse cultures in the U.S., Canada, Central and South America, Europe, Africa, Russia and China. She admits to being a frustrated watercolor artist. She loves to cook and has spent much time while in quarantine experimenting with new recipes. Also an avid gardener, Ellen is a Conservatory Docent at Longwood Gardens. She has been active as a member of the Women’s Evening Auxiliary to The Chester County Hospital since 1982, serving as President (1988-91), and leading at various times their art auction and fashion show fundraising events. For more than 30 years she was a Board Member and former Education Chairperson for the Colonial PA Plantation, an authentic 18th century Pennsylvania working farm located within Ridley Creek State Park. She acted as Chairperson of the Complaint Arbitration Board at Summit House Condominium in West Chester (1980’s) and as President of the Balmoral Homeowners Association in Chadds Ford (1990’s).
As one can see, Ellen always becomes involved in the communities where she has lived. She looks forward to making a valued contribution to KAD/CCDC.
MARISOL TACKETT – New Garden-N (385)
The 2016 election of Donald Trump motivated Marisol Tackett to be more politically active. She volunteered in the 2018 midterm election helping Christina Wildrick, Committee Person (CP) in New Garden North, doing door-to-door canvassing. In the 2020 election Marisol stepped up her involvement in GOTV activities with Christina. It was during the 2020 election that Marisol learned of the need for Spanish translators at the polling locations in the Kennett Area. On election days in the past many of the Spanish speaking voters did not understand the voting process and were either being turned away at the polls or became discouraged and left. But with Marisol’s help last November, volunteering all day, she was able to help these voters understand where they needed to go and what they needed to do so that they were able to vote successfully.
Marisol grew up in Kennett Square Borough and now lives in New Garden Township. Marisol is a paralegal at the Wilmington, DE law firm of Morris James. In January, on the recommendation of Christina Wildrick, Marisol was appointed as a Committee Person in New Garden North. Marisol is also a member of the Kennett Square Borough Human Relations Commission and is going to school part-time at Lincoln University to obtain her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services with a minor in Spanish. Marisol has been married for 25 years, has three children and two grandchildren, and is a caregiver for her mother and her father-in-law.
LARRY WOOD – Pennsbury-N1 (453)
Larry was born in Chester County and after college (Colgate University) and law school (University of Pennsylvania Law) eventually returned to Chester County for a long career that put his legal training to good use. Larry’s professional career included serving as Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Chester County (1980-2006). He retired from the bench in 2006 as Senior Judge and returned to private practice.
Larry joined on as a Committee Person shortly after the 2020 election. While he has always had an interest and involvement with politics, his early years were with the Republican Party, serving in various functions. But his Republican involvement began to dissolve in 1980.
Larry told me that, “My disillusionment with the Republican Party began during the Reagan years, and I switched over completely about ten years ago.”
When he came to Crosslands (2016), Trump was on the Republican horizon, and there was no chance he would ever switch back. Larry decided to accept the job of Committee Person in hopes of “partially removing the stain of his former attachment to the Republican Party.”
We welcome Larry and his wife, Rennie, who has also been a helping hand and voice in our pursuit of democratic principles. Larry brings with him a variety of skills and expertise to KAD. We look forward to his many more years as a KAD CP.