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Thursday, August 30, 2007

DNC member Karen Marchioro dies at 73

Karen Marchioro, past chair of the Washington State Democrats, an influential and respected leader who served more recently as one of Washington's representatives to the Democratic National Committee, has died of cancer. She was 73.

The Seattle Times has a story up with reaction from past chairs, governors, and other leaders in the Democratic Party.

We extend our deepest condolences to all of Karen's family at this difficult time for them. We too are dismayed by her death - but we will remember her contributions to the party and cherish her memory.

Chairman Dwight Pelz released a statement this morning, saying:
All of us involved in Democratic politics in Washington State are deeply saddened by the passing of one of our dearest friends, Karen Marchioro. The Washington State Democratic Party would not exist as it does today were it not for Karen’s 30 plus years of service.

Her wisdom, cool demeanor and loyalty have been integral parts to both our state party, as well as our lives. Karen was a dear friend and she will be greatly missed.
Perhaps Karen’s many achievements during her life are best summarized by King County Democratic Chair Susan Sheary, who once said of Karen, "Before Washington State had Patty Murray, Maria Cantwell and Christine Gregoire, Washington State had Karen Marchioro."

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