Our Mission

Ricky’s Pride was formed in acknowledgment of the growing awareness within the Democratic Party that lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, asexual people, and non-binary people (LGBTQIA+) should be fully and equally represented both in the community and in the nation.

It shall be the purpose of Ricky’s Pride to make the Democratic Party, the body politic and its’ elected officials, responsive to and responsible for the needs of all people, particularly, though not exclusively, the LGBTQIA+, feminist, people of color, members of the disabled community, deaf and hard of hearing, and the intersectionality of these communities.

Ricky’s Pride seeks to eliminate discrimination based upon real or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, race, age, and disability, while promoting freedom of choice and furthering
economic and social justice for all people.

Further, Ricky’s Pride shall seek to promote legislation in conjunction with our goals and to vigorously oppose legislation that oppresses and/or restricts basic human rights. We also encourage LGBTQIA+, feminists, people of color, members of the disabled community, deaf and hard of hearing people to run for public office.

Ricky’s Pride believes that we have the responsibility to ourselves and to our society to affirm our role in the political arena. In pursuit of our goals, Ricky’s Pride will work within the Democratic Party and other institutions.

Why We Are Democrats?

We Democrats are the oldest political party in America and the youngest in spirit. We will remain so, because we enjoy the challenge of government. Time and again, for almost two centuries, the Democratic Party has made government work — to build and defend a nation, to encourage commerce, to educate our children, to promote equal opportunity, to advance science and industry, to support the arts and humanities, to restore the land, to develop and conserve our human and natural resources, to preserve and enhance our built environment, to relieve poverty, to explore space. We have reached difficult and vital goals.

We recognize that the capacity of government is limited but we regard democratic government as a force for good and a source of hope.

At the heart of our party lies a fundamental  conviction that Americans must not only be free, but they must live in a fair society.

We believe it is the responsibility of government to help us achieve this fair society
A society where all people can find jobs in a growing full-employment economy;
A society where all workers are guaranteed without question the legal right to join unions of their own choosing and to bargain collectively for decent wages and conditions of employment;
A society where taxes are clearly based on ability to pay;
A society where the equal rights of women are guaranteed in the Constitution;
A society where the civil rights of minorities are fully secured and where no one is denied the opportunity for a better life;
A society where both public and private discrimination based upon race, sex, age, color, creed, national origin, religion, ethnic identity, sexual orientation, economic status, philosophical persuasion or physical disability are condemned and where our government moves aggressively to end such discrimination through lawful means;
A society where we recognize that the strengthening of the family and the protection of children are essential to the health of the nation;
A society where a sound education, proper nutrition, quality medical care, affordable housing, safe streets and a healthy environment are possible for every citizen;
A society where the livelihoods of our family farmers are as stable as the values they instill in the American character;
A society where a strong national defense is a common effort, where promoting human rights is a basic value of our foreign policy, and where we ensure that future by ending the nuclear arms race.

This is our purpose & our promise.

Section 17 of The Charter & The Bylaws of the Democratic Party of the United States, as amended by the Democratic National Committee, January 19th, 2002

Meet The PAC

RICHARD (RICKY) BUTTACAVOLI
CHAIRMAN


Ricky’s local work has inspired the passing of historic non-discrimination ordinances throughout Montgomery County. He worked with Montgomery County’s Department of Health and Human Services to create an LGBTQIA+ health link on the HHS website, founded the Montgomery County Qmunity Center, and co-founded the Montgomery County LGBT Business Council.

Ricky has assisted various political campaigns including races for borough council, State Senate, State Representative, county row offices, school boards, and presidential delegates.  Most recently, he served as the Human Rights Campaign’s Field Manager for Bucks and Montgomery Counties for the 2020 presidential election. Ricky holds a Bachelor of Professional Studies from LIM College in New York City and currently resides in Lansdale, PA with his precocious puppy, Greco.

Check out Ricky’s recent Family Portrait article in the Philadelphia Gay News here.

CATHY PAGANO
ENDORSEMENT CHAIR


Cathy is a graduate of Cabrini College in Radnor, Pa with a degree in Finance. After college, she joined a local insurance company with specializations in Professional, Workers Compensation, Liquor Liability, and the liability of Special Events and Commercial packages policies, later leveraging those relationships as an Account Executive in Sales & Marketing. Using her background in finance and accounting, she campaigned for Lower Gwynedd Township Auditor and won. Cathy is the first openly LGBTQ+ member to hold office in Lower Gwynedd government. Cathy and her wife Stacey reside in Lower Gwynedd, PA.

JARED RUBINSKY
TREASURER


Jared (he/him/his) is a graduate from Penn State University, with a Bachelor of Science in Information Sciences and Technology.  He has worked in Healthcare I.T. for the last 16 years  focusing on Project Management, Financial Systems, Data Analysis, Reporting, and Database Administration.  Jared grew up in Bucks County and for the last 7 years lives in Montgomery County.

Deborah Rhodes
Website Support


Deborah is a U.S Army Veteran of the Afghanistan/Iraqi war Era. She is also a graduate of American Military University with a Bachelors in Legal Studies and two degrees in Information Technology and Management from AMU and the University of California. She currently works in the field of Web and Graphic Design and has her own LLC providing website support to local small businesses and non-profits. Deborah has worked for over a decade in the field of social work, concentrating on the homeless community and those suffering from addiction. In 2020 Deborah re-housed 27 families and individuals straight from the streets of San Diego into their own homes. Deborah continues to provide street outreach and volunteer work, including for Ricky’s Pride offering website support. Deborah is a member of the LGBTQ+ community and resides in Schwenksville with her three children. Visit Deborah’s website if you would like to contract her for a project at: www.webdesignbydeb.com


The Endorsement Team

TIM HAYES

Tim was elected to Dublin Borough Council in 2019, becoming the youngest person to be elected in Dublin’s history, as well as, the first openly LGTBQIA+ person. He also represents Dublin in the Bucks County Democratic Committee, and has volunteered/interned for numerous campaigns. Tim has a BA in History with a minor in Criminal Justice from Temple University. He is currently a graduate student at West Chester University, pursuing an MPA with a concentration in National Security Studies. Tim served in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard for six years as a Fire Control Specialist. Tim currently works as a Public Records Analyst for a major company based out of Warminster, PA. He lives with his cat named “Cleo.”

JON PANOFSKY

Jon is Bucks County Centennial School Board Director, and the first LGBT+ person elected in Warminster Township. Jon’s election was part of a “flip” that ended 20+ years of one-party control of the board. 

Jon holds a BS Ed and Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Secondary Education from Temple University, an MA in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, and a JD from the University of  Richmond School of Law.

Jon is a Licensing and Contract researcher for a major company. He lives with his fiancé Joe and their cat named “Cat.”

ANNE PAVONE

Anne is a retired application engineer and is a political activist who believes that engaged citizens can make a difference. She has spoken to hundreds of voters about their concerns and values. 

Anne was elected to and is currently a member of the board of commissioners in West Norriton township. She is a committee person for the West Norriton Democrats.

She is concerned about the environment and fairness in government for all citizens. She has lived in West Norriton for 15 years with her partner, Karen.

BEN RATKIEWICZ

Ben graduated from The Catholic University of America with a double BA in International Politics and Spanish for International Service. In 2015, he moved to San Diego to reunite undocumented minors with their sponsors in the U.S. and volunteered with Latinx Services at San Diego’s LGBT Community Center.

Accepting a position with the PA Democratic Party, Ben returned to Pennsylvania, and worked as a Field Organizer for the 2018 Midterm Elections.

Ben is part of the District Office Staff for State Representative Joe Webster. He and his partner, Matt, reside in West Norriton Township with their dog, Marshall.

NICOLAS SANTIAGO

Nick is a committee person in Sellersville, Bucks County. Nick has a Liberal Arts Degree (AS)from Montgomery County Community College and is working on his BS in Environmental Science.

He currently works for the Bucks County Free Library Doylestown branch and in his off time he advocates for pro LGBT military legislation and policy. Nick is also has volunteered for campaigns including Lori Schreiber and Robyn Colajezzi.  

Nick resides in Sellersville with his husband Scott and their three dogs Charlie, Bandit, and Jack.

JONATHAN SHEWARD

Jonathan holds a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences from Drexel University in Philadelphia and has worked in I.T. for 30 years. 

He was elected to Ambler Borough Council in 2013 and served one term for 4 years.  During his time in office Jonathan chaired the Borough’s Finance committee and supported progressive ordinances, notably he was responsible for introducing “Ambler’s Non-discrimination Ordinance” and the “Ambler Borough Human Relations Commission”.  

Jonathan now lives in Alexandria, VA with his cat Dakota.  

IN MEMORIUM- JOHN LYON

John was a tremendous help with getting the committee off the ground as treasurer. He was always available to help out at LGBT events. He could always be counted on. We continue our work in his memory.

 Yaniv Aronon- Mayor of Conshohocken

“Richard is a passionate advocate for the LGBTQ+ community. He is one of the hardest workers that I have ever met, a loyal friend and fierce organizer. He stands up for representation of minority communities and champions diversity through networking, major events, fundraising and trainings, among many other forms of advocacy.”

Ricky’s Pride PAC
 PO Box 312
Lansdale, PA 19446

rickyspridepac@gmail.com


If you’d like to donate by check, please make the payable to Ricky’s Pride PAC and mail to: PO Box 312, Lansdale, PA 19446

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