biennial party elections

The State Central Committee of the Wyoming Democratic Party will conduct elections for state party officers during their upcoming spring meeting in Casper. Meeting details are as follows:

State Central Committee Meeting of the Wyoming Democratic Party                                                                  
Saturday, April 27, 2019, 11:00 AM (Elections at approximately 1:30 PM)                                                                                      
UW Extension Office of Agriculture Resource and Learning Center                                                                          
2011 Fairgrounds Road, Casper, Wyoming

SCC meeting Call to Committee and Agenda

SCC meeting and party election proxy form and instructions.

pdf agenda

The following positions will be up for election:
State Party Chair
•State Party Vice Chair
•State Party Secretary
•State Party Treasurer

In order to be eligible for office, candidates must be registered to vote as a Democrat in the State of Wyoming. Beginning Monday, April 1, 2019, individuals interested in running to be an officer of the Wyoming Democratic Party are invited to submit a brief biography, candidate statement, and picture to be published on www.wyodems.org/party-elections. This webpage will be viewable to the general public, including members of the State Central Committee. Information can be submitted by clicking here. (This link is not a nomination; all nominations must be made from the floor during the meeting.) Additionally, a short forum for SCC members to ask questions of candidates will be held just prior to elections.

The State Central Committee of the Wyoming Democratic Party will conduct elections for state party officers during their upcoming spring meeting in Casper. Meeting details are as follows:

State Central Committee Meeting of the Wyoming Democratic Party                                                                  
Saturday, April 27, 2019, 11:00 AM (Elections at approximately 1:30 PM)                                                                                      
UW Extension Office of Agriculture Resource and Learning Center                                                                          
2011 Fairgrounds Road, Casper, Wyoming

SCC meeting Call to Committee and Agenda

SCC meeting and party election proxy form and instructions.

The following positions will be up for election:
State Party Chair
•State Party Vice Chair
•State Party Secretary
•State Party Treasurer

In order to be eligible for office, candidates must be registered to vote as a Democrat in the State of Wyoming. Beginning Monday, April 1, 2019, individuals interested in running to be an officer of the Wyoming Democratic Party are invited to submit a brief biography, candidate statement, and picture to be published on www.wyodems.org/party-elections. This webpage will be viewable to the general public, including members of the State Central Committee. Information can be submitted by clicking here. (This link is not a nomination; all nominations must be made from the floor during the meeting.) Additionally, a short forum for SCC members to ask questions of candidates will be held just prior to elections.

The State Central Committee of the Wyoming Democratic Party will conduct elections for state party officers during their upcoming spring meeting in Casper. Meeting details are as follows:

State Central Committee Meeting of the Wyoming Democratic Party                                                                  
Saturday, April 27, 2019, 11:00 AM (Elections at approximately 1:30 PM)                                                                                      
UW Extension Office of Agriculture Resource and Learning Center                                                                          
2011 Fairgrounds Road, Casper, Wyoming

SCC meeting Call to Committee and Agenda

SCC meeting and party election proxy form and instructions.

The following positions will be up for election:
State Party Chair
•State Party Vice Chair
•State Party Secretary
•State Party Treasurer

In order to be eligible for office, candidates must be registered to vote as a Democrat in the State of Wyoming. Beginning Monday, April 1, 2019, individuals interested in running to be an officer of the Wyoming Democratic Party are invited to submit a brief biography, candidate statement, and picture to be published on www.wyodems.org/party-elections. This webpage will be viewable to the general public, including members of the State Central Committee. Information can be submitted by clicking here. (This link is not a nomination; all nominations must be made from the floor during the meeting.) Additionally, a short forum for SCC members to ask questions of candidates will be held just prior to elections.

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Candidate statement

candidate statements

All submissions posted as of 7:30pm April 24, 2019

Candidates for Chair
Joe Barbuto

joe@wybarbuto.com
Joe's Bio

A Wyoming native, I have had the opportunity to hold several political positions over the last decade: candidate (legislature, county commission), state legislator (WY House District 48), Wyoming House Minority Caucus Chairman (2011-2013), WDP Treasurer (2013), Sweetwater County Democratic Party Chair (2015-2017), campaign manager (Greene for Congress, 2016), and WDP Chair (2017 - present). Professionally, most of my experience is in the non-profit sector where my focus has been on organizational/leadership development, resource development, community outreach, and public health. Additionally, I have toured the Rocky Mountain West as a musician and bandleader. Currently, I am self-employed as a consultant/contractor, primarily in music, which has allowed me the flexibility and time to serve effectively as Chair of the state party. Regarding community service, I am a former member of the Northwest College Alumni Board and Sweetwater County Library Board of Directors. Currently, I serve as treasurer of the Sweetwater County Library Foundation Board and Chair of the Rock Springs Historical Museum Board. I am also a 2012 graduate of Leadership Wyoming. My wife, Erin, is a social worker and community manager at Head Start of Sweetwater County. We live in Rock Springs with our two dogs, Chapter and Molly, and Henry the Yellow Cat. When we're not working, we enjoy fishing, hiking, exploring the Red Desert, gardening, and telling corny jokes.

Joe's Candidate Statement

The Wyoming Democratic Party has made incredible strides forward over the last two years. In April of 2017, the organization had two full-time members of staff, dwindling funds, and no office. Fast forward to April of 2019, and we have a full-time staff of five who work out of a physical office in Cheyenne. Fundraising has increased considerably in both dollars raised and the number of donors. Our events, including the Nellie Tayloe Ross Dinner, have continued to break previous records for attendance and fundraising. In 2018, for the first time in over a decade, the Wyoming Democratic Party initiated, funded, and staffed a coordinated-campaign, the result of which was closer races in swing districts, and the flipping of two legislative seats.

These accomplishments were due to an increased and dedicated effort by staff, volunteers, and party leaders to professionalize our organization. It was my privilege to help lead this endeavor. Democrats will become more competitive in Wyoming, but only if this work continues.

These are the specific areas that I'd like to focus on in preparation for 2020 and beyond:

Fundraising will continue to be essential to our success. Engaging the Finance Committee more directly in that process will help organize and increase our efforts, particularly at a county level. Additionally, the utilization of our recently contracted fundraising advisor will yield more dollars.

Organizing on the ground is key to electoral success. This work is ongoing and must occur in off-years as well as election years. In 2019, the WDP already has a plan to put organizers on the ground over the summer to assist county parties and engage volunteers.

Continued training for county parties, activists, candidates, and campaigns will ensure that Democrats have the edge in local and statewide elections in 2020, including regularly scheduled opportunities that are delivered digitally.

A voter registration initiative, with clear goals and objectives, will increase our competitiveness as Democrats in Wyoming. We're doing an exceptional job at turning out Democrat voters, but we need more of them.

Communications and messaging are central to victory. Through the utilization of ad campaigns, rapid response, social media engagement, and use of traditional media, we can inform people regarding what Wyoming Democrats believe and why our candidates more accurately reflect the people and needs of Wyoming, while holding elected Republican officials accountable and providing a voice to important issues.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, we need to retain and continue to grow and develop our professional staff. Nothing mentioned above is possible to its full potential without a dedicated, full-time, trained and ready workforce in our state office.

For me, these last two years have been an incredible opportunity to grow in knowledge and ability, and serve my state and party. Together, we have improved this organization. We're more organized, competitive and stable than we have been for a long time. Along with our fellow representatives to the DNC from Wyoming, I have advocated for more support for the WDP from our national party and worked to build strong coalitions with other state parties from around our nation. Included in this effort is my service as a member of the DNC's Finance and Budget Committee, where I have advocated for more partnerships, rather than competitiveness in fundraising between the state parties and national Democratic organizations.

In everything I have done and pursued as your Chair, I have asked a simple question at the beginning: will this help elect Democrats in Wyoming? Finding ways to answer that question with a 'yes' has and will continue to motivate me in this work.

There is much more to do; we are up to the task. I look forward to continuing my service as Chairman of the Wyoming Democratic Party and working together to improve our party and state.

Candidates for Vice Chair
Erin O'Doherty

eco.laramie@gmail.com
Erin's Bio

My background is as a  research ecologist who moved into working for non-profits when my federal lab closed.  I've been an environmental activist since I was a child and have campaigned for candidates in virtually every election since I was twenty.  For the past year I have served as the volunteer Data Director for the Wyoming Democratic Party.  I have attended every training available through the DNC and one through Camp Wellstone and consider myself to be well on the way to being a "data scientist".

Joe's Candidate Statement

I am asking to serve a second two-year term as your Vice Chair.   I have attended every DNC meeting since I was elected two years ago and have learned a lot.  

Other state leaders have thanked me for speaking up when data issues are discussed.  I've built relationships with colleagues from other state parties and we share ideas.  

When the DNC held a vote about the role of "superdelegates" in the presidential preference vote at the national convention last year, I was proud that our Wyoming delegation (Chair, National Committeewoman , National Committeeman. and myself as Vice Chair) all voted to eliminate the superdelegate votes for the first round of presidential voting.  Virtually the whole body of the DNC voted to relinquish that Presidential vote and  work to make the Presidential nominating process more democratic and transparent.   I would appreciate the opportunity to follow through and promise to remain neutral and fair.