Executive Board

Erin O'Doherty Wyoming Democratic Party
Joe Barbuto Wyoming Democratic Party
Joe Barbuto Wyoming Democratic Party
Joe M. Barbuto

A fifth generation Wyoming native, Joe has long been active in Democratic politics in the Equality State. Before he was old enough to register to vote, Joe was knocking on doors for local Democratic candidates in his hometown of Rock Springs, a union and Democratic stronghold. In 2002, he received his first statewide campaign experience working as an intern for Ron Akin, the Democratic candidate for Wyoming’s at-large congressional district.Throughout college, he continued to volunteer for numerous campaigns and progressive causes.

In 2008, with support from family and friends, Joe made the decision to seek election to Wyoming House District 48. That November he was elected as the youngest member of the state legislature. During his legislative tenure, he was chosen by his colleagues to serve as House Minority Caucus Chairman and was twice named “Legislator of the Year” by the Wyoming Highway Patrol Association.After leaving the legislature, Joe was elected to serve as Chairman of the Sweetwater County Democratic Party in 2015, and in 2016 was hired as the Operations Director of Greene for Congress.

Joe lives in Rock Springs, Wyoming with his wife, Erin, their two rescue dogs, Chapter and Molly, and Henry the Yellow Cat. He also serves as the Treasurer of Sweetwater County. When he’s not immersed in politics, you can find him fishing, enjoying public lands, or playing jazz piano.

Erin O'Doherty Wyoming Democratic Party
Erin O'Doherty
Vice Chair

Erin O'Doherty came home to Wyoming more than 27 years ago to work as a wildlife ecologist. She is a lifelong activist who cares deeply about providing a healthy, prosperous future for all people for generations to come. Since retiring from her science career she has been applying her database skills to help non-profit organizations and electoral politics.

Mandy Weaver

Mandy is a crazed stay-at-home mom of three badass daughters & is married to the man who makes her heart sing, Kyle. She's in her second term as Chair of the Washakie County Democratic Party, which she is so grateful to be a part of.

Mandy was born and raised in beautiful Ten Sleep and is a fifth-generation Wyomingite. She won Prom Queen in high school, which isn’t important, but one doesn’t often get to brag about that. To be fair, there were only six girls in her class, but it still counts because *crown*!

Mandy lived in Laramie for 5 years after high school; she fell in love with the town and made amazing life-long friends and semi-hazy memories that she treasures forever.

Mandy and Kyle got tired of dragging the kids 5 hours to visit the grandparents, so they moved back home in 2007. After a brief stay in Ten Sleep, they decided they're city folk now & moved 20 minutes away to Worland.

Though always interested in politics, Mandy never dreamed she would be personally involved. After the 2016 election, complacency wasn’t an option anymore, and she decided to go to a meeting of the local Democratic party. There wasn’t one, as Washakie County was a “dark county.” Smash cut to her being appointed and then elected Chair and tossed into the deep end of local and state politics. She attended her first State Central Committee meeting with her three kids in tow, the youngest of whom was 18 months old and crawling around getting into everyone’s purses.

This crazy, unexpected turn of events has been one of the greatest blessings of her life. In 2018, Mandy received the Nellie Tayloe Ross Award, which is probably the first thing she has won since that crown back in 1998. She loves it even if it isn’t covered in rhinestones.

When Mandy isn’t working on Washakie Dems projects or dragging her children to canvass for candidates, she is barely managing the chaos of three girls, a husband, a pitbull, and a chiweenie. In her spare time she is an open mic comedian who started Worland Comedy, which hosts monthly open mic nights & brings talented comedians from all over to perform in Worland.

Jackie Grimes

Jackie is a wife, mother, and educator living in Laramie, Wyoming. Having grown up in union-strong Michigan, Jackie was strongly influenced by her civil-rights pioneering parents. She was raised to believe in people and that people come before profits and preferences. Shortly after earning her Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University in Psychology, she moved briefly to California. That lasted a whopping 3 months before she had enough and needed to move to the mountains. While living in Colorado, Jackie worked as a personal banker/loan officer for a major banking institution, program supervisor on a multi-million dollar NIH-grant funded trauma research project, mental health counselor, and ABA therapist. In 2011, Jackie went back to school at the University of Colorado Denver to earn in her Educational Specialist degree in School Psychology (commonly referred to as a master’s plus degree). In 2012, she met her now husband James, a Wyoming/Laramie native. It did not take much for her to fall in love with a man from Wyoming and even less to fall in love with the state. When an opportunity arose for him to return to Wyoming, Jackie made the move in 2013 determined to start their life together in the big open spaces and beautiful mountainsides.

Long-time opinionated, 2016 activated Democrat, Jackie began actively engaging in local politics in 2018 when she was encouraged by a good friend to run for office. While unsuccessful in her two bids for office, she is proud of her campaign efforts receiving more votes than previous democratic attempts before her. She strongly believes in creating a future in Wyoming for generations to come and that the best way to do this is to dig in, do the work, and fight for that future.

In her free time, Jackie enjoys running for office; creating positive engaging activities to unite communities; volunteering for organizations that promote healthcare access, suicide prevention, equal rights, and unity; spending time with her son, daughter and husband enjoying all the outdoors have to give; and dabbling in painting.

Lucas Fralick
National Committeeman

Lucas has been involved in the Wyoming Democratic Party since 2016 serving a variety of rolls including as State Party Parliamentarian. In 2020 he was elected to serve as National Committeeman. One of his goals is to help make the Wyoming Democratic Party something other State Parties can turn to for innovation in a Red State.

Lucas holds an MA in History from the University of Wyoming and enjoys writing and lecturing on a variety of historical topics. He considers Birding to be one of the best outdoor activities and rarely misses a chance to look for birds. He lives on a small hobby farm outside of Gillette, WY.

Jessica Chambers
National Committeewoman

Jessica was raised on picket lines by a local Teamster and a nurse and understands the value of taking care of working people, the backbone of our state and country. As the newly re-elected committeewoman to the DNC, she works hard to get Wyoming the attention it deserves.

Jessica has a B.A. International Studies; M.A. Education, with a varied background in international affairs, print, web, and radio journalism, education, and social justice activism, as well as political campaigning and running for office, which she has done twice. Jessica is married to Reed, a fifth-grade teacher, and they are parents to her youngest brother, Luke, and their six-year-old son, McCrae—both of whom can be seen at rallies and picnics for important causes, both local-and-beyond. McCrae was first spotted in a baby carrier at 16-hour Platform Committee meeting at the state convention in 2016 when he was a year and a half old, a budding politician and activist himself.

Her favorite quote: Well-behaved women seldom make history. -Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

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