The Bethlehem Democratic Committee (BDC) today announced the election of new 1st Vice Chair, Sam Rogers, the youngest officer in the organization’s history. Sam’s election marks a new chapter for the BDC and is the culmination of a multi-year effort to engage and inspire younger residents to step up and get involved in the Bethlehem Democratic Party.
“I am thrilled that Sam was unanimously selected as our new 1st Vice Chair of the BDC,” BDC Chair Joanne Cunningham said. “Since joining the Committee while still in college, Sam immediately began to be a difference-maker — in BDC activities across the board -- from recruitment to fundraising to serving as part of Communications Committee. I cannot think of a more deserving person to step into this important role. Sam's new role also reflects the BDC's commitment to building the bench of young Democratic leaders in Bethlehem and bringing young people into leadership positions who are more progressive, more activist and emblematic of the future of our party. This is a proud moment for the BDC.”
"I’m honored to be entrusted with this role, and I’m grateful to the BDC for continuing to cultivate young leaders in Bethlehem," Rogers said. "Now is the time for everyone, regardless of age, to get involved in the political process. With your help, and the help of your family, friends, and neighbors all around town, I know we can make a real difference this year and for years to come.”
Sam Rogers grew up in town and graduated from the Bethlehem Central High School in 2015 before earning his degree in Political Science from American University in Washington, D.C. While away at school, Rogers served remotely on the BDC and co-founded a voter engagement initiative that helped over 1,400 students register to vote and request absentee ballots in 2018. He is currently a research assistant at Policy Research Associates, Inc. in Delmar, where his work focuses on providing technical assistance to communities across the country and conducting research at the intersection of behavioral health and criminal justice.
All other officers were unanimously reelected to their roles, including Chair Joanne Cunningham, 2nd Vice Chair Jeff Baker, Secretary Chan Noether, and Treasurer Bruce Bushart.