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State Democrats re-elect Dwight Pelz as state chairman; follows GOP’s re-election of Kirby Wilbur as chair

Post by Brad Shannon / The Olympian on Feb. 3, 2013 at 11:57 am | No Comments »
February 3, 2013 12:03 pm

Washington Democrats have re-elected Dwight Pelz to another two-year term as state chairman, following an election cycle that saw his party’s slate win the governor’s race for the eight-straight term. Democratic candidates also won all but one statewide executive office (Republican Kim Wyman won the secretary of state job).

Pelz had no opponent, the party said in a news release.

The Democrats’ vote follows the state Republican Party’s re-election of Kirby Wilbur as state chairman a few weeks ago. Wilbur, a former talk-radio host first elected in 2011, faced two challengers and won on a second ballot.

The Democrats put out a news release Saturday that said all party officers were re-elected:

OLYMPIA – Today, the Washington State Democratic Central Committee re-elected Dwight Pelz as State Democratic Party Chair by unanimous vote. Chair Pelz ran unopposed.

The vote reflects the success of the Washington State Democratic Party in 2012 – electing President Obama, Governor Jay Inslee, Senator Maria Cantwell, and Democrats to six of 10 House seats and eight of nine statewide offices.

The other officers were also re-elected by unanimous vote – Vice Chair Valerie Brady Rongey, Secretary Rob Dolin, and Treasurer Habib Habib.

In the GOP vote on Jan. 19, Wilbur won re-election and Luanne Van Werven was elected vice chair.

Wilbur said in an interview last month that he faced two challengers in the party’s first-round vote, Mitch Short, whose wife is state Rep. Shelly Short, R-Addy, and David “Ike” Eichner, who had support from former presidential candidate Ron Paul‘s energized activists backers.  Short dropped out after the first vote and Wilbur defeated Eichner, a software company owner had run for Congress in the 6th district and lost in the crowded primary last August.

The Reagan Wing blog carried a dissenting view on that Republican vote.

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