Nancy Patton Mills, the chairwoman of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, will be a special guest at the summer picnic fundraiser of the McKean County Democratic Committee on Sunday at the VFW in Port Allegany.

Also scheduled to attend is Scott Conklin of Centre County, a 2020 candidate for state auditor general; Kortney Regis of Duke Center, candidate for McKean County Commissioner; and Katie Johnson, incumbent candidate for Kane School Board.

The picnic is open to the public. This is a fundraiser and there will be a charge at the door. Those attending should bring a dish to pass. Anyone bringing a musical instrument to help provide entertainment can attend free of charge.

This is the first such event sponsored by local Democrats in recent memory. The party reorganized a year ago, and has been offering a variety of events to help spur interest in local, state and national politics.

County chairwoman Marty Wilder is particularly pleased that the state chairwoman Nancy Mills will attend. She will also be in Elk County earlier in the day for its annual picnic.

Mills was born and raised in Allegheny County, where she led the Allegheny County Democratic Committee before being elected party leader.

A lifelong Democrat, she is a member of the DNC, Governor Wolf’s Pennsylvania Commission for Women, the Moon Township Planning Commission, and several nonprofit boards.

Her previous leadership positions include vice chair of the PA Dems and Moon Township Board of Supervisors.

Mills is also the managing partner for Roselea Farm Partnership and author of the college textbook “Hospitality Law.” She now lives in Moon Township with her husband, Dick, and her standard poodle, Rosie.

“I pledge to every corner of the commonwealth that I will work diligently to bring people together and into the Democratic Party. We are united and ready to elect Democrats up and down the ballot,” she has said.

Conklin has represented District 77 in the state House since 2006 and lives in Rush Township, Centre County.

He serves as Democratic chairman of the gaming and oversight committee, House Democratic Policy Committee, and is a member of alternative energy, early childhood education and veterans caucuses.

Before being elected to the state House he was a Centre County commissioner for seven years.

Regis, event marketing coordinator for Zippo Manufacturing Co., holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Mansfield University. She was an intern for Wojdak Government Relations.

Johnson, a council incumbent, and her husband own Logyard Brewing in Kane. She is active in many community groups, including the Chamber of Commerce.

Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. for the picnic slated for the Port Allegany VFW post, 4743 Route 155. Everyone is welcome to attend but should bring a dish to pass.

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