Women’s Caucus

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Welcome to The Women’s Caucus – a Constituency Caucus of Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee. We encourage you to participate in our mission and to support our venues which incorporate our goals to enlighten women’s values in service with The Democratic Party. We are pleased with your interest and invite you to join us. Contact us on Facebook for direct conversations.

Candace Faye Stitzman -Duley ,Chair



Mission Statement

Promote the interests of women within the Democratic Party, advise the State Party on policies affecting the welfare of women, develop programs for the systematic inclusion of women in the decision-making of the party, and assist national, state, and local Democratic Organizations in the selection and election of women.



Current Officers

Chair:  Candace Faye Stitzman -Duley

Vice Chair:  Alexander Bryan Altieri

Treasurer:  Joanne Tosti-Vasey

PAC Treasurer:  Christine Porter-Mitchell

Secretary:  Brad Koplinski



PA Women’s Caucus PAC

Our PAC was created to promote individuals seeking office who demonstrate promise for women and our party. We want to be a part of aiding in a worthy campaign.

We strive to:

  • Provide financial assistance in the General Election to help elect qualified statewide Pennsylvania Democratic candidates and qualified women candidates to all public offices in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
  • Develop a network of campaign and financial support resources for qualified Democratic candidates seeking public office


In recent years, the Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee has endeavored to help competent Democratic women and statewide candidates get elected to public office. We have contributed to women running for elected office, as well as statewide candidates, and have also assisted them in many other ways.

Donations to the PAC are accepted at any time. Include your occupation and employer’s name and address along with your personal contact information (required by law). No corporate checks allowed. Write your check out to PA Democratic Women’s Caucus PAC and mail to:

PA Democratic Women’s Caucus PAC
c/o Christine Porter Mitchell
534 Bonnie Brae
Erie, PA 16511

Endorsements and Contributions to Candidate Campaigns:

If you are interested in help, please fill the application in completely with the requested information and return it to the address at the end of the application. This application must be returned by July 1 of the year you are running for office via email to camrcm@yahoo.com. Applications emailed after July 1 will not be considered for PAC funds.

If you´d like to join the Women´s Caucus you can fill out our application here: Pennsylvania State Committee Democratic Women’s PAC Application.



Child Care

Since 1997, the Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee Women’s Caucus has endeavored to help to help make the state committee meeting more accessible to parents who need childcare in order to fully participate in the meetings. We have a certified childcare worker who sets aside the weekend of our meeting to provide quality childcare at our meetings.

Due to the cyclical nature of the need for childcare we, now provide these services if requested in advance.

The Women’s Caucus provides childcare services during the weekend – ONLY if it is requested.

For additional information or to request childcare, contact Joanne Tosti-Vasey of the Women’s Caucus at (814) 355-3056. Leave a message on the phone if no one answers and she will call you back as soon as possible.

Requests for childcare MUST be made prior the Sunday evening before our next scheduled meeting.

Parents are requested to bring refreshments, toys, games, and/or books for their children.




Candidates Forum and Auction

Since 1996, the Women’s Caucus has sponsored this annual forum. In conjunction with the Forum, we also hold a fundraiser, which is generally held directly outside room from where we hold the candidates forum.

Funds raised from the raffle fundraiser help us sponsor this Forum, the Women’s Caucus PAC, the Catherine Baker Knoll scholarship and childcare for attendees of the State Committee meeting.

The Forum and Auction are both held in conjunction with the Winter PA Democratic State Committee Endorsement Meeting.

In even numbered years, we hold separate forums for all state-wide executive branch races (Governor, Attorney General, Auditor General, and Treasurer) and for the US Senate race when these seats are open. In 2018, we will be holding this forum for Governor and the US Senate races.

In odd numbered years, we hold separate forums for each appellate court that has open seats. If there are no statewide judicial races in any odd-numbered year, no forum will be held (this has only happened once since 1997).

For additional information on the Forum, contact Joanne Tosti-Vasey of the Women’s Caucus at (814) 355-3056. Leave a message on the phone if no one answers and she will call you back as soon as possible.

For additional information on the Auction, contact Candy Stitzman-Duley at 610-823-8744 or by Email at czarinacandace@msn.com.



Open Table

The Open Table is a public forum held in memory of Evelyn Stitzman, who held “ladies’ luncheons” around her kitchen table to discuss community and national issues during the 1940s and 1950s.

The Women’s Caucus Open Tables are composed of Caucus officers and elected officials who are knowledgeable about the theme of the annual table. The Round Tables are traditionally held at the Fall meeting of the Pennsylvania Democratic State Convention.

For additional information on the Open Table, contact Candy Stitzman-Duley at 610-823-8744 or by Email at czarinacandace@msn.com.



Bake Off

The newest project of the Women’s Caucus is an Annual Back-Off. The first Bake-Off was held in 2016 and was called the Men’s Bake Off. The headline contestants were the men running for our state-wide offices.

2017 Judges Bake Off

The Second Annual Bake Off was held on Saturday, June 10th from 5 to 7 at the Sheraton Hotel in Harrisburg. The Bake Off was open to all Democratic judicial candidates who won their Primary Race in May.

All proceeds benefit The Catherine Baker Knoll Scholarship Fund.

For additional information on future Bake Offs, contact Candy Stitzman-Duley at 610-823-8744 or email at czarinacandace@msn.com.



2017 Catherine Baker Knoll Scholarship

Established in 2011 in memory of Pennsylvania’s first and only woman statewide elected official, the Catherine Baker Knoll Scholarship is awarded annually to women pursuing an undergraduate or master’s degree and is committed to a future in public service.

The scholarship is supported by the Pennsylvania Democratic Committee and the Pennsylvania Democratic Committee Women’s Caucus.

These organizations provide funds to award one scholarship of $1,000 to a student who is actively pursuing a leadership role in public service, community organizing, politics, government or education.

The Catherine Baker Knoll Scholarship is awarded annually and may be used for tuition, books or living expenses at any college or university in Pennsylvania.

2017 Scholarship Links