Meet The Team
Deirdre Sweeney is a practicing certified Nurse Practitioner and also practices as a plant-based health coach. She first became active in politics after the 2016 election when she served as county co-chair for a US Congressional candidate. She was elected vice chair of the DEC in 2019 and continues in that role. One of her interests is voter protection against voter suppression. She was the DEC liaison to the county voter protection team and coordinated all the volunteers for that program. The county was recognized as having one of the best voter protection programs in the state.
State Committee Woman
Dr. Susan Reeder is a licensed psychologist who maintains a private practice in Citrus County. She first became active in local politics in 2008, and joined the DEC in 2014. She was elected Citrus County State Committeewoman in 2015 and continues in that role. She is pleased to be a part of our many divergent outreach efforts to educate and inspire Citrus County Democrats and voters across Florida.
State Committee Man
Joe Adams retired in 2018. A member of the IBEW for over 36 years, he has served as Local 433 Treasurer and President, as well as Business Manager of System Council U-8. He is a past Vice President of the Florida Electrical Workers Association.
He has been State Committeeman since 2012 and in 2014, was elected as the Region 4 Director of the FDP Small County Coalition.
Joe is a member of the Democratic Labor Caucus of FL and is a member of the FDP Campaign Committee. In 2020, Joe was elected CD-11 delegate for Joe Biden.
JoAnn Messina retired to Citrus County from Connecticut where she was a public school teacher, counselor and administrator. She was also a local union president, negotiator and trainer in women’s leadership. JoAnn is an active member of the DWCCC and DEC working to promote Democratic values and social justice in our community.
Chair, Diversity & Inclusion and Young Democrats Committees
George Ann Jackson
George Ann Jackson was born and raised in Crystal River. She has witnessed Crystal River grow from nothing to what it is today. A graduate of CRHS, CFCC and USF, she was employed with the Citrus County School Board for 23 years, and currently works at the Plantation on Crystal River. George Ann currently serves as the President of the Democratic Black Caucus of Citrus County and is Precinct Committeewoman for Precinct 105.
Chair, FInance & Fundraising
Rich is a former Certified Public Accountant and Certified Management Accountant and lifelong Progressive who first campaigned for George McGovern in 1972 when he was part of the first class of eighteen year olds allowed to vote. Rich retired to Citrus County in 2018.