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January 28, 2014 at 6:13 PM

Inslee backs Laurent in race for state Democratic Party chair

Gov. Jay Inslee has weighed in on the race for state Democratic Party chair, endorsing former Planned Parenthood political director Dana Laurent. In a letter to Democratic party activists, Inslee and his wife, Trudi, called Laurent “an authentic grassroots leader” with “a proven track record both a Democratic volunteer and as a successful political strategist.” The endorsement…


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November 7, 2013 at 9:27 AM

Longtime Democratic advisor Nancy Biery running for state party chair

Nancy Biery 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…


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September 30, 2013 at 5:00 PM

State Democratic chairman Dwight Pelz to step down

The Washington State Democratic Party will be in search of a new leader soon, as chairman Dwight Pelz says he’s stepping down from the post he’s held since 2006.

Pelz, 62, informed top elected Democrats and other party leaders of his decision this afternoon and said he’ll leave the position effective Feb. 1. That’s the date of the next Democratic state committee meeting in Vancouver, where party activists will elect a successor.

Pelz leaves with the Democratic Party riding high in Washington. Last year, Democrats won every statewide elected office except for Secretary of State. Democrats also hold six of Washington’s 10 U.S. House seats and have controlled both U.S. Senate seats for more than a decade.

“The Democratic Party of Washington state is very strong. We demonstrated our worth and talent in the last election here where we led a very strong get-out-the-vote effort, which is one of the reasons Jay Inslee was elected governor,” Pelz said in an interview.

Tooting his own horn, Pelz added: “You know, that’s not a small thing, because the parties state by state can have a very mixed reputation.”

Pelz said he plans to travel the world for a couple years but is not ruling out a return to politics. He could even decide to run for the state Legislature, he said.


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