Clark County Democrats Reorganize for 2015-2016 Term
The Clark County Democrats met on Monday, December 8, 2014 to elect new Executive Officers who will oversee the Clark County Democrats through the 2016 general election. For the first time in recent history, all six elected officer positions were open. CCDCC Chair Mike Heywood has been on extended leave of absence due to serious illness and announced earlier in 2014 he would not be running again. The rest of the board announced their intentions to not run again, leaving all six seats open.
Nearly 60 PCO's were in attendance at the meeting to cast their votes and ask questions of the candidates. Many of the questions focused on plans for the future party growth and outreach, including party messaging, getting out the vote, candidate support and moving forward after bittersweet election results in 2014.
2014 Clark County Clerk candidate and 17th LD PCO Deanna Paulli-Hammond was elected Chairperson, 18th LD Vice-Chair and PCO Rich Rogers was elected Vice-Chairperson, 49th LD Secretary and Sharon Wylie's campaign manager Roy Valo was elected State Committee Man, 17th LD Chair and PCO Tanisha Harris (who is stepping down as 17th Chair this month) was elected state Committee Woman; 18th LD Treasurer and PCO Jackie Kuran was elected Treasurer; and 49th LD activist and member of the Clark County Young Democrats Melissa Boles was elected Secretary. The new Executive Officers are evenly split from the 17th, 18th and 49th LDs and have a wide range of backgrounds and experience.
The Clark County Democrats will have many challenges to face in the next term including 2 county councilor races (At Large and the new north western district), dozens of local city, school and port races in 2015 as well as planning and preparation for 2016's presidential race which will include Senator Murray and Governor Inslee's re-election bids, Washington state office races, state rep and state senator races across all three LDs in Clark County and two county councilor races for David Madore's and Tom Mielke's seats.
In addition, there is a great need to remain vigilant that the County Charter be implemented as the voters intended and not diluted by last minute political manipulations and the denial of the people's will by the sitting county councilors.
Outgoing Vice Chair and Acting Chair Liz Campbell said "We have a young, energetic team assuming leadership of the Clark County Democrats. I'm looking forward to an exciting two years."
The new Executive Officers will be meeting soon to start the process of planning and organizing for the term ahead.