Fremont County Democrats elect leaders

L to R: Vice-chair, Sergio Maldonado; Chair, Ron Howard;  Secretary, Mary Haper; State Committeeman, Rod Haper and State Committeewoman, Kathleen O'Leary.

L to R: Vice-chair, Sergio Maldonado; Chair, Ron Howard; Secretary, Mary Haper; State Committeeman, Rod Haper and State Committeewoman, Kathleen O’Leary.

Lander, Wyo.—Democrats from across Fremont County came together in Lander Saturday to elect officers, participate in a panel discussion with leaders from the Wind River Indian Reservation and to plan for the Wyoming Democratic Party’s statewide re-organization meeting in Riverton on April 25th.

Ron Howard, an early childhood educator from Riverton was elected chair of the Fremont County Democratic Party. An enrolled member of the Northern Arapaho tribe, Howard spoke of the importance of getting people involved in the political process. “There are many important issues facing the people of Fremont County,” he said. “Whether they live in Atlantic City, or Ethete or Dubois, people need access to good, high quality healthcare, they need a living wage, educational opportunity and equal treatment and respect. I look forward to serving in this role, speaking out on the issues and helping people find their voice in an overwhelmingly one-sided political environment.”

Sergio Maldonado, a resident of Arapaho was elected as the Party’s vice-chair. Maldonado, a 2014 candidate for Wyoming Senate District 25, expressed satisfaction with his new role. “Throughout my campaign I heard people expressing a desire to be better served by their representatives. This will provide me with an opportunity to help grow the Party here in Fremont County and continue to fight for the issues that our community cares about.”

The remaining slate of officers includes: Secretary, Mary Haper of Lander; Treasurer, Mike Crosby of Lander; State Committeewoman, Kathleen O’Leary of Shoshoni; and State Committeeman, Rod Haper of Lander.

Democrats heard from a panel of leaders from the Wind River Indian Reservation, including public health coordinator and rancher Fernando Roman of Kinnear, artist Bruce Cook and educator Ron Howard of Riverton, and educator Sergio Maldonado of Arapaho. The speakers encouraged Democrats to make inroads with young people utilizing social media to inform voters about the issues that affect them. They felt that Democrats need to communicate positive thinking on important topics and that the tribes need to do a better job of telling the public the amount of money and jobs the reservation adds to the county and state economy. The panel’s comments were well received by the Party members.

On Saturday, April 25 the Fremont County Democratic Party will be hosting the state party meeting at 10 AM at the Intertribal Education and Community Center at Central Wyoming College in Riverton. Everyone is welcome for the state Party elections and updates on Party activities, including delegate selection plans for the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

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