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Pierce County Democrats, Republicans choose leaders

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Dec. 20, 2010 at 3:51 pm with 11 Comments »
December 20, 2010 4:10 pm
Rose Ehart

Pierce County Democrats have chosen a new leader, county Republicans have re-elected theirs and both parties have chosen slates of officers.

Democrats elected Rose Ehart of University Place to a two-year term as chairwoman.

She takes the gavel from Nathe Lawver, who served two terms and says he succeeded in his goal to increase participation in party politics. The county party in 2008 held the largest presidential caucuses in its history with 17,000 people participating, he said. Many have stayed active.

“It’s a great opportunity right now for Rose to take the reins and really help foster and grow those opportunities,” Lawver said. “She’s got the energy and the motivation to do that.”

Ehart has made a couple of unsuccessful bids for UPlace City Council, including a squeaker of a loss to the sitting mayor in 2007. In what Lawver described as a friendly contest, she outpolled Whitney Rhodes for chairwoman.

Joining Ehart on the board is vice-chairman Jonathan Johnson of Tacoma, who lost a bid for state House in the August primary. Both Ehart and Johnson are African-Americans. “It’s the most diverse executive board that Pierce County’s ever seen,” Lawver said, including two Native Americans.

The same day Democrats elected their members, Dec. 11, county Republicans had their own decisions to make. They re-elected Chairman Bob Lawrence of Lakewood, who defeated Marty McClendon for the job.

Republicans elected Edgewood’s Colleen Wise to the vacant post of vice chairwoman in an unopposed contest. The rest of the Republican officers are Andrea Innes, Jean Miller, Mark Stewart, Deryl McCarty and Glenda Ahrens.

The rest of the Democratic officers are John Laakso, Clare Bungay, Carolyn Merrival, Marianne Lincoln and Robert Satiacum.

UPDATED 4:07 p.m.

Leave a comment Comments → 11
  1. mattersnot1 says:

    The democrats were worthy of 26 lines in this article, but the republicans were only worthy of 5 lines. Not showing any bias are you, Jordan?

  2. hortonpeak says:

    Perhaps it is because the D’s elected new folks and the R’s elected the same bunch of folks.

  3. mattersnot1
    Doubt it.

    If Jordan talked with the past Democratic party chair for 20 minutes, and there’s things of note, and the Rs just send a press release with names, it’s pretty evident as to what is interesting. And, frankly, the Rs aren’t very interesting.

  4. dluechtefeld says:

    Pierce County is a Democratic stronghold. Deal with it.

  5. Jordan Schrader says:


    hortonpeak took the words right out of my mouth (although hortonpeak is over on another post bashing me, so I guess it all balances out.) The Democrats elected a new chairwoman, which I thought was worth telling you more about than the Republicans keeping their chairman.


  6. I can’t believe you guys are counting who gets how many lines, anyway. Seems kind of pathetic.

  7. scruver1 says:

    Marty McClendon is new. He’s pretty new to voting, too.

  8. hortonpeak says:

    “Pierce County is a democratic stronghold”. Please support your statement.
    New topic. Jordan, you do very good work when you stick with the facts and yet you must throw in, all too many times, the snark at the end. If you do your job consistently, the readers will get the picture. Of course, that implies time to develop an in-depth story in a tabloid world. How about that “Red Lot” in Puyallup – who pushed it and benefited? How about that improvement on River Road? How about 775’s training trust? How about the continued government trust babies who bash government but have no problem walking up to the pay window? Hint, Roger Bush is term limited and seems to be setting the stage for his next gig – just my opinion. There is plenty without picking the low hanging fruit. Cheers.

  9. The election of Rose Ehart is a serious, and positive, change of direction. Under Ehart leadership, Pierce County Democrats vision and action will now be countywide, and not Tacoma-centric.

    Ehart is sadly aware of recent election results showing Republicans on the rise. The November result of DINO winning a majority countywide vote over Senator Patty Murray is a serious wake up call for Democrats and supporters who need to be working harder in out lying Districts like the 26th on the westside and 2nd, 25th and 31st on the eastside. This is especially true if Democrats are to ever try to regain a majority of the County Council.

    The 2nd LD and 26th LD had TWICE as many total voters as the 29th LD so it is past time for Democrats to have full countywide perspective.

    Ehart has her work cut out for her. I urge voters who think of past Democratic values to become re-active, take back our party, and send in a financial donation and maybe become a PCO if you have a vacant position where you live. It is time to UP our level of participation if we are to avoid the reality of a Governor McKenna.

    GO get’em Rose !!!!!

  10. truthbusterguy says:

    You must have know you would get bashed for not posting a pic of the GOP winner.

    I understand your reasoning but not cool. The TNT should guard against the presecption of bias.

  11. SPanaway1 says:

    Pierce County has had a significant amount of growth and participation in politics, particularly in the unincorporated areas is lacking in BOTH parties. Pierce County needs to have more people paying true attention to what and who is shaping their future. It also needs the TNT to continue to put good information in our hands to make decisions with. Thank you for providing the voters with this information about who the party contacts are. There are also websites for them in case anyone looks.
    Congratulations to all of you truing to make our government work better for us. This is unpaid service to our community and you deserve our attention and support.

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