Summit County Democrats reorganized |

Summit County Democrats reorganized

The Summit County Democrats reformatted its committee Thursday night with a new co-chair, new secretary and treasurer.

The voting body of the Summit County Democrats – the precinct and elected officials and the committee’s officers – elected the new slate of party officers for the next two-year term.

Lucinda Burns stepped down as co-chair, as did secretary Karin Mitchell and treasurer Kevin Burns.

Julie Charneskie remains on as co-chair, now accompanied by Jennifer Cassell. Emily Tracy was also nominated for the position.

Cassell was Christine Scanlan’s aide and campaign manager for three years after working in the Breckenridge Ski and Ride School for six years.

She says she wants to “build on the momentum from the 2010 election,” and that “politics is in my blood.”

Instead, Tracy is to serve as secretary, elected over Ruth Hertzberg and Catheryn Carlson. Tracy has run for office four times, including for the House District 56 vacant seat in late 2010 when Christine Scanlan was appointed to the governor’s office and Millie Hamner was selected to take her place at the state Capitol.

Shirley Willis stays on as first vice president, selected over Sandy Greenhut, who said she wanted to help restore organization among the precincts and ensure all seats are filled. Rob Murphy is to serve as second vice president, selected over Peggy Madsen. Madsen said she sought the power to increase communication among the county party, saying she wants to “make it a party, not just a club.”

Serving as treasurer is Barbara Crandall, who was nominated along with Shellie Noyes. Crandall outlined several specific ideas for how to raise money for the party, all while attempting to increase participation among registered Democrats and young Democrats.

The voting body also elected representatives to the state’s executive committee, to Congressional District 2, to Senate District 16, House District 56 and the judicial district.

“It’s wonderful to see so much competition for these positions and have this many qualified people willing to step up,” Summit County Commissioner Dan Gibbs said.

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