Mary Nikas is the current Chair of the Marion County Democrats. Prior to this Mary has served in various functions with the party, including Chair of the Membership Committee.  Mary is a small business owner and believes in making our community more friendly for families through walking and biking paths and an interconnected park system.  She has worked on several local campaigns from Salem City Council to School Board to State Representative and Senate District 10.  She is also proud of her work on Andrea Salinas’ election to our new Congressional District 6 and volunteers as treasurer for local campaigns.  Mary began working on local campaigns in 2015 as co-founder of the local Bernie for Salem campaign.  Her activism grew as she came to know and respect local Democratic candidates here in Marion County.  Mary looks forward to working with local volunteers to elect Democrats who believe in Climate Action and Resiliency, Healthcare for all Oregonians, a woman’s right to bodily autonomy, compassion for our fellow community members, and in Democracy through respecting and protecting our election process. 

Mary and her husband Sean moved here with their two young children in over 17 years ago. Both of her boys attended Salem-Keizer Public Schools from kindergarten through high school.  Her youngest is currently attending Chemeketa.  She is also a proud Army Mom.

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Evan Sorce is currently the 1st Vice-Chair and the Immediate Past Chair after serving as the Chair of the Marion County Democrats from 2018-2020. Evan previously served as the Chair of our Candidate Support Committee in 2018. He previously served as the Chair of the Polk County Democrats from 2017-2018. Evan grew up in West Linn, Oregon, graduating from West Linn High School in 2006. He moved down to the Mid-Willamette Valley to attend Western Oregon University, where he served as the Student Body President from 2009-2010. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science in 2010, Evan attended Oregon State University, where he received a Master of Public Policy with an Energy Policy concentration. After graduating from Oregon State in 2012, Evan worked for Catholic Community Services in their quality department, ensuring that their programs met their metrics and standards. Since January of 2015, Evan has served as State Representative Paul Evans Chief of Staff. Evan enjoys spending time with his wife Emily, walking his dog Dancer, reading, and watching the
Beavers and Blazers in his spare time.


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Ashley Carson Cottingham is our 2nd Vice Chair and is a 5th generation Oregonian and has worked for the State of Oregon on behalf of seniors and people with disabilities since moving to Marion County six and a half years ago. Earlier in her career she worked in Washington, D.C. for two U.S. Senate Committees – first for Senator Herb Kohl, a Democrat from Wisconsin and later for Senator Bernie Sanders, an Independent from Vermont. She also served as Executive Director for the national grassroots advocacy organization, The Older Women’s League. She has fought for elder justice, equity, fair pay, affordable health care, improved mental health supports, and protecting and expanding Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid throughout her career. Ashley lives in Salem with her spouse and two children. She is a graduate of University of Oregon and Vermont Law School.

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Casey is our Secretary and is a lifelong democrat who has been active in local,
state, and national political campaigns and believes our candidates should be
able to talk as articulately on forest management and agriculture as they can on wealth inequality and criminal justice reform. He has worked an extensive public-service career fostering transparency, accountability, and oversight at all levels of government and served as the Candidate Support Committee chair. His unique blend of lived experience has seen him live in all corners of the country and gives him a unique perspective on the variety of issues facing people from all walks of life. Casey takes his commitment to civic engagement to heart and currently serves on the Salem Planning Commission, Salem-Keizer NAACP Executive Board, Climate Action Task Force, and Salem Community Policing Audit Steering committee.

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Susan Schwab is our Treasurer and is a Licensed Tax Consultant with the Oregon Board of Tax practitioners and has been working in the income tax field since 1979. Susan has been a registered Democrat since 1969. A PCP from 1997-2003 she served as Treasurer for Marion County Democrats until she moved to California in 2003 where she worked for the San Luis Obispo Democratic Party until she retired as the SLOCDP Central Committee Treasurer in 2011 and moved back to Oregon where she once again was elected as a PCP and was elected Treasurer for Marion County Democratic Central Committee in 2012 until 2018. She is a member of the Fundraising committee. Susan is a Member of the American Council of the Blind of Oregon for over 40
years and has held a board position as Treasurer since 2012. She is also a Board member of the Rose Accordion Club.


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State Central Committee

  • SCC Delegate: Carina Perez Europa 
  • SCC Delegate: Ashley Carson-Cottingham
  • SCC Delegate: Lisa Cejka
  • SCC Delegate: Evan Sorce
  • SCC Delegate: Mike Ellison
  • SCC Delegate: RJ Navarro
  • SCC Alternate: Belinda Ochoa
  • SCC Alternate: Paige Hook
  • SCC Alternate: Trevor Phillips
  • SCC Alternate: Gary Miller 

5th Congressional District:

  • CD5 Delegate: Carina Perez Europa
  • CD5 Delegate: Evan Sorce
  • CD5 Delegate: Lisa Cejka
  • CD5 Delegate: Michele Roland Schwartz
  • CD5 Delegate: KC Cunningham
  • CD5 Delegate: Chris Hoy
  • CD5 Alternate: Paige Hook
  • SCC Alternate: Maryann Beirne
  • SCC Alternate: Lorie Fontaine
  • SCC Alternate: Nate Owen
  • SCC Alternate: Scott Mills

Meet the Team

Oregon Capitol
Fundraising Committee

The Fundraising Committee helps us support the great candidates in Marion county!

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Oregon Coast
Programs Committee

The Programs Committee is responsible for offering engaging and timely programs that train, educate and inform MCDCC membership.

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Oregon Trees in Snow
Membership Committee

The Membership recruits and mobilizes democrats in your community to turn Marion County Blue!

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Oregon in the Woods
Legislative Committee

The Legislative Committee engage in the legislative process and help our community advocate and support progressive legislation.

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Oregon Fly Fishing
Rules Committee

The Rules Committee helps crafts the rules that govern the body of our organization.

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Crater Lake
Candidate Support Committee

Candidate Support helps recruit and elect democrats in Marion County

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Multnomah Falls
Communications Committee

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