Convention Delegates

Shyrone Ridley

Shyrone Ridley is a Bernie Sanders grassroots volunteer and lives in the Turner Station community of Dundalk, MD. She was very active during the Sanders campaign by volunteering with Maryland For Bernie, MoCo For Bernie, and Baltimore For Bernie. Shy will continue Bernie Sanders' vision for the Political Revolution by working with The Sanders Institute, Our Revolution, and Brand New Congress. She previously served as a former board member of SALDEF (Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund) formerly know as the Sikh Mediawatch and Resource Task Force (SMART).

 

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Robbie Leonard

Robbie Leonard serves as Chair of the Baltimore County Democratic Central Committee. In 2014, he was a Democratic candidate for House of Delegates in District 42B. Over the past two decades, Robbie has managed and volunteered on numerous campaigns in Baltimore County and Baltimore City. When he's not politicking, Robbie is a practicing attorney who represents lead-poisoned children in Baltimore. He also teaches law at the Community College of Baltimore County.

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D. Graham Poole

A resident of both Baltimore City and Washington County, Maryland, Graham recently graduated from Loyola Blakefield High School where he participated in the Young Democrats Club, the Sportsmen’s Association, and the varsity squash team. In 1991, he became the youngest member of the South County Democratic Club (Hagerstown, MD). Graham will be attending Denison University this fall where he intends to major in political science and represent the school on its squash team and in its Democratic Club.

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Sarah Meyers

Sarah is a lifelong Democrat who became interested in politics while taking civics during Bill Clinton’s first presidential campaign. She has been involved in political activism and campaigns on the Lower Eastern Shore for several years and is the current President of the Democratic Club of Wicomico County. Among the campaigns she has worked was for State Senator Jim Mathias in 2010; she went on to work for the senator as a Constituent Liaison in both Annapolis and his district office. Sarah currently works for the City of Salisbury as a Museum Curator of Poplar Hill Mansion.

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Wala Blegay

Wala Blegay is currently counsel for the DC Nurses Association, adjunct law professor and talk show host for the Chat With a Lawyer TV Show. Wala served on the Human Relations Commission and the Task Force for the Study of Economic Development and Apprenticeship Programs. She was a recipient of the 2015 40 under 40 in Prince George’s County, the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials Presidential Service Award and the Daily Record’s Leading Woman award. She is a graduate of University of Maryland, College Park with a B.A. and earned a J.D.

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Ken Zinn

Kenneth Zinn is the Political Director of National Nurses United, the largest union of registered nurses in the United States. Ken has 36 years experience as a campaigner in the labor and progressive movement in the U.S. and internationally. Prior to joining the NNU, Ken served as Organizing Director and Director of the Center for Strategic Research at the AFL-CIO, North American director of the International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers’ Unions, and international affairs and strategic campaigns director at the United Mine Workers of America.

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Kendra Ziegler

Kendra Ziegler is a Critical Care Registered Nurse, wife, parent, and lifelong activist. She is a former shop steward and strike picket captain (2014) for National Nurses United. Kendra grew up in a working-class Houston neighborhood and put herself through college with the help of student loans. Kendra identifies as an progressive intersectional queer feminist with a passion for social, economic, racial, and environmental justice.

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Tony Woods

Tony Woods is a management consultant with the Boston Consulting Group. Prior to joining BCG, Tony worked for President Obama’s reelection campaign in Iowa and served as a White House Fellow assigned to the US Office of Personnel Management. Earlier in his career,Tony has served as an aide to the Governor of New York, ran for Congress, and worked to develop volunteer driven solutions for American cities. As an officer in the Army, Tony deployed twice to Iraq and earned the Bronze Star for his service.

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William L. Welsh

Will Welsh is a 29-year member of the United Association. He became a journeyman Steamfitter in 1992 after completing a five-year apprenticeship program in Baltimore. He went on to instruct apprentices at Local 486’s Training Center for thirteen years. He is VP of the MD/DC AFL-CIO and has held various positions within his local Union before being elected as Business Manager in 2014. He and his wife, Jennifer, have been married for sixteen years and have two children. He enjoys fishing and golf.

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