About the Hancock County Democrats

The Hancock County Democrats are dedicated to progress.  We are committed to addressing the needs of the approximately 9,000 county citizens who live with incomes below federal poverty guidelines and a middle class this is experiencing diminishing political influence. We are devoted to tackling the problems arising from ever increasing income inequality. We seek to make Hancock County safer and more hospitable for all of its residents. As Democrats we will only back candidates who are dedicated to these principles.

OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM

Central Committee

Chair:

John Kostyo

Vice-Chair:

Mary Harshfield

Secretary:

Mary Harshfield

 

Executive Committee

Chair:

Nancy Stephani

Vice-Chair:

Bruce Workman

Treasurer:

Rick Walter

Secretary:

Mary Harshfield

 

TEAM BIOGRAPHIES

Mary Harshfield

 Mary grew up in Findlay and graduated from Findlay High School. She attended the University of Findlay and earned degrees at BGSU and the University of Michigan.
  She taught in schools in Ohio and Michigan, teaching English and French at the high school and junior high level, plus enrichment classes for elementary students. She spent several years as the Foreign Language Department Head. She participated in Ohio State and Temple University programs in France and led student groups to French Canada.
  At the same time Mary was active in her local Education Association and served as a representative in the group for many years. She volunteered in numerous Democratic campaigns and elections and at one point organized a citizens’ exit poll out of a desire to help ensure honest elections.
  After retiring Mary moved back home to Findlay and became active within the community. Because of her desire that all citizens of our area have representation in their government, she ran for the Findlay Council in 2015 and 2017, and for the House District 83 in 2016 and 2018.

John Kostyo

 In 2008, John served as an as District Representative in the 2008 Ohio Electoral College electing Barack Obama to his first term as United States President. He has participated in local and state Democratic political contests and assisted the ODP. He continues to engage in the debate of local, state and national issues.
 John strongly supports unionized labor and issues with generations of family members involved in teaching, plumbers, brick laying and steel workers unions. He strongly supports Democratic candidates and principles.
 John earned his BA, Magna cum Laude, from John Carroll University in 1978 with additional Departmental Honors and the National Dean’s Award. In 1981 he earned a JD from the CWRU Franklin Thomas Backus School of Law. He is authorized to practice before Ohio Courts, the United States Supreme Court, District Courts in Ohio and Michigan and before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  John engages in general civil law practice and with business and consumer bankruptcy cases. He also taught “Business Law: Contracts and Negotiable Instruments” at Findlay College and The University of Findlay from 1981 to 1996. He is a member of the American Bar Association and Ohio Bar Association.

Nancy Stephani

 Nancy Stephani is a lifelong Democrat. She was raised in Findlay, and graduated from Findlay High School, Northwood University, Lourdes University and The Ohio State University.
   She is Chair of the Executive Committee of The Hancock County Democrats and one of two Democrats to serve on the Hancock County Board of Elections.  She is a trustee on the Hancock County Metropolitan Housing Authority and has served on area, state and national boards.
   She is currently an outpatient therapist with Firelands Counseling and Recovery in Fostoria and Fremont and teaches social work at The Ohio State University at Lima.
   Nancy is married to Jeff and mother to Ted, Meg and James and Nana to 5 awesome grandchildren.

Rick Walter

 Rick is a retired IT professional, a veteran and former State/District/County/ Post Officer of the American Legion.
  He became treasurer for the Hancock County Democrats in January of 2015.
  Rick was instrumental in forming Flag City Honor Flight. He also is a poll worker.
  Rick is the father of Veronica, Kathryn and Rebecca. Rick also supports Spectrum of Findlay.

Bruce Workman

 Bruce was born in Findlay and lived on Hancock Street until the age of eight. He graduated from DeKalb High School in Waterloo, Indiana, attended Indiana University, in both Bloomington and Fort Wayne, and Bowling Green University. He received his Associated degree from Wayne County Community College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology from the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
  He became a Democrat in 1972, voting for George McGovern, and remains so to this day. Bruce is the former Vice-Chairman of the Logan County Democratic Party. He is currently the administrator of the party website, member of the Communications Committee, and Vice-Chairman of the Executive Committee.
  Bruce is the husband of Cathy, father of Amanda and Chris, and grandfather (aka Pa) of Armando and Isabella