History

In 1991 the League of Women Voters of Westchester established the Westchester County Fair Campaign Practices Committee (the Committee) as a separate and independent entity. The purpose of the Committee was to promote a climate in which candidates conduct honest, fair and open campaigns, refraining from dishonest and defamatory attacks and without distorting the facts. More than 25 years later, the Committee continues to fulfill its mandate.

The Committee is composed of community leaders who serve as unpaid volunteers. We represent a wide range of public interests and are recognized as being independent and fair minded. Members are chosen by representatives from the Committee and the League of Women Voters of Westchester. In addition, members representing recognized political parties serve ex-officio without vote; they contribute political perspective and experience to the discussion. Westchester residents are encouraged to send the Committee resumes of those they believe would be appropriate.

The League plays no role in the Committee’s deliberations or decisions but does provide support services and administers the funding. Underwriting for this project was made possible by a grant from the Westchester Community Foundation, a nonprofit community endowment for the benefit of Westchester County.

 
 

Members

 
 
Susan Pace Guma

Susan Pace Guma

Chair

Susan Pace Guma

Susan Pace Guma of Bronxville recently retired as Dean of Graduate Studies at Sarah Lawrence University. Before becoming Dean, she had been Associate Director at the school’s Center for Continuing Education and then Assistant Director, Graduate Programs in Health Advocacy and Human Genetics. Since 1995, Ms. Guma has served as Co-Chair and Board Member of the Strategic Planning Committee at the Julia Dyckman Andrus Memorial Home, and Chair and Board Member of the Westchester County Fair Campaign Practices Committee.  She has served as Chair, Program/Strategic Planning Committee of Yonkers Partners in Education since 2012.  Ms. Guma earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at Newcomb College, Tulane University.

 
 

 
 
 
Back row (L to R) - Harry Phillips III (Hartsdale), Susan Pace Guma (Bronxville), Polly M. Kuhn (Somers), Paul Atkinson (Pleasantville), Susan Schwarz (Tarrytown), Victor J. Goldberg (Scarsdale), Robert C. Kirkwood (Pleasantville), Joy Rosenzweig (Chappaqua) Front row (L to R) - Evelyn Stock (Scarsdale), Miriam Cohen (Larchmont), Carole Princer Levy (New Rochelle), LaRuth Gray (New Rochelle), Philip M. Maley (Irvington), Elizabeth Bermel (Ossining)

Back row (L to R) - Harry Phillips III (Hartsdale), Susan Pace Guma (Bronxville), Polly M. Kuhn (Somers), Paul Atkinson (Pleasantville), Susan Schwarz (Tarrytown), Victor J. Goldberg (Scarsdale), Robert C. Kirkwood (Pleasantville), Joy Rosenzweig (Chappaqua)

Front row (L to R) - Evelyn Stock (Scarsdale), Miriam Cohen (Larchmont), Carole Princer Levy (New Rochelle), LaRuth Gray (New Rochelle), Philip M. Maley (Irvington), Elizabeth Bermel (Ossining)

Susan SChwarz & VIctor GOldberg

Susan SChwarz & VIctor GOldberg

R to L: Nick Beilenson, Carole Princer Levy & Joan Grangenois-Thomas

R to L: Nick Beilenson, Carole Princer Levy & Joan Grangenois-Thomas

Paul Atkinson & Miriam cohen

Paul Atkinson & Miriam cohen

Members

Committee Members

Paul Atkinson
Nick Beilenson
Elizabeth Bermel
Gisele Castro
Miriam Cohen
Jennifer Mebes Flagg, Coordinator
Daniel S. Franklin, Jr.
Victor J. Goldberg
Joan Grangenois-Thomas
LaRuth Gray
Susan Pace Guma, Chair
Lee Kinnally
Robert C. Kirkwood
Polly Kuhn
Carole Princer Levy
Philip M. Maley
Harry Phillips III
Joy Rosenzweig
Susan Schwarz
Evelyn M. Stock
William N. Walker

Ex Officio: Representatives of

Democratic Party
Republican Party
Conservative Party
Working Families Party
Independence Party
Reform Party