Topic: Washington State Democratic Party
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November 7, 2013 at 9:27 AM
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.
September 30, 2013 at 5:00 PM
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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