Colonial Region Republican

 The Colonial Region Republican Committee is one of three committees
making up the Republican Party for New Castle County and one of  the five regional committees of
the Republican State Committee of the State of Delaware.

Executive Committee


CHAIR: James Weldin
VICE-CHAIR: Drew Gladulich
SECRETARY: Joan Winnington


RD 8 CHAIR: Madeline Locke        Vice Chair:  Elaine Hawkins  
RD 9 CHAIR: Russ Riva                   
RD 15 CHAIR: Tina Ventresca          Vice Chair:  Christine Fewkes

Kate Brewer


Ellie Mattucci             Vice Chair:  Rob Close  


Jim Weldin


 Lives in Newark with his wife and two sons.

University of Delaware graduate Political Science

Retired Police Officer

 Active in Republican Party since he was 11 years old

Former Republican Candidate for County Council and State Senate

Interests are baseball having served as a both a coach for Babe Ruth and High School, and weightlifting

 Professional Employment:

Works for a consulting company dealing with Emergency Management, Department of Defense and Homeland Security support.







Drew Gladulich

 Vice Chair

Drew is an entrepreneur in the oil and gas industry. His ventures improve energy companies’ operations resulting inefficient oil and gas production enabling America’s energy independence. Drew’s efforts in the energy industry revolutionized certain processes’ that have been adopted by some of the largest Oil and Gas companies in the United States. Drew’s endeavors employ many Delaware residents allowing his hard work to have a direct, positive impact on his home State.

Drew is a true family man and spends most of his free time with his wife and 2 children. He firmly believes in strong family values and encourages those around him to adopt those same values. Originally from Montgomery County Pennsylvania, Drew has been a resident of Newark, Delaware since 2014. He is proud to call Delaware home and is eager to utilize his experience to help the conservative effort in the First State.





Joan Winnington


 Joan joined the Colonial Region Republicans several years ago.  She has been active in the group volunteering at events, making calls, supporting candidates, working on campaigns, and staying connected with fellow members. 

 This year Joan stepped up to help our region by becoming the Vice Chair for the Colonial Region and is now the Secretary for the region. She has helped grow the membership, implemented procedures for scheduling meetings and maintaining minutes, put together orientation packets for new members, works with DE Republican candidates running for offices in 2020, works with the Chair to keep our voices heard. 

 Professional Employment:

Director of Operations and Marketing, Metro Payment Technologies

As a professional, Joan has over 17 years of experience in the Merchant Services Industry.  She started out in sales and subsequently moved to overseeing the operations, marketing and sales of the company.  She currently manages the office staff, assists customers with difficult issues, manages the PCI Compliance program for Metro, generates sales and designs strategic marketing plans.  She also handles the training of new employees and agents.  Joan took the company to International status in 2020 by expanding the business into Canada and the UK. 

 Joan has her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Computer Science.  She is active in community events and professional organizations. 


Jim Boykin


Jim is a leader within the utility industry with a passion for innovation, business strategy, and ultimately contributing to the success of the organization and everyone around him. He currently leads a talented group of Right of Way Agents with a vision to innovate the way they work to deliver the best experience to all of their customers. His relentless pursuit to shape their future has resulted in his group being at the forefront of driving change throughout the entire organization at all levels with many new technologies. 

Prior to his experience with utilities he worked in various roles within residential and commercial markets delivering real estate and construction solutions. Jim is a graduate from the University of Delaware with a BS in Business Administration and Project Management and a Masters in Accounting from Wilmington University. 

Jim enjoys sports, traveling, being on the beach, playing golf, and hanging out with his family. He currently lives is Newark, DE with his wife Erica and 2 children Crew and Aspen. 

Innovation, Strategy, Operational Excellence, Partnerships, Building Cultures and Teams, Utility Industry, Right of Way and Real Estate, License Agreements, Environmental Regulations, Interpretation and Compliance, Stakeholder/Investor Relations, Project Management, Financial Management, Analytics, Solutions Development, Contracts/Negotiations, Navigating Through Large Organizations.