The race to succeed retiring Washington State Democratic Party chairman Dwight Pelz is on, with longtime party operative Nancy Biery announcing her bid for the post Thursday.
Biery is a former chair of the Jefferson County Democrats and worked as an aide for Gov. Gary Locke and U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell.
In a news release announcing her candidacy, Biery touted her experience in winning more than 25 races in Washington and across the country. “I’m running to be state party chair because I know that politics here in Washington isn’t top down. It’s roots up,” she said.
Biery said her top priorities as party chair would include electing four more Democrats to the state Senate in 2014 to take back the majority from a Republican dominated coalition led by “turncoat” Sen. Rodney Tom of Medina.
Democrats will elect a new party chair during a meeting Feb. 1 in Vancouver. Former state Rep. Brendan Williams also has expressed interest in the job.
Pelz, who has led the party since 2006, announced his retirement in September.