Washington's major political parties reelect leaders for new terms
State committee members voted 98-64 to retain Pelz as chairman.
Replacing Vice Chair Eileen Macoll is former Spokane County party chair Sharon Smith. She won by a vote of 107-59. No updated list of party officers or press release has yet been posted on the Washington State Democratic website.
The Washington State Republican Party also voted to retain the services of former state Senator Luke Esser as chairman, at its reorganization meeting in Tukwila. Esser has presided over the party's downward spiral in Washington since losing a reelection bid to his state Senate seat in 2006.
Though the Republicans picked up two seats in the Legislature (both marginal districts for Democrats), they lost another statewide elected office when Peter Goldmark was elected Commissioner of Public Lands in November.