2017-2019 Officer Election
Washington County Democrats
The Democratic Party of Washington County shall host a meeting on Monday, January 16th, for the purpose of electing County Executive Officers.
Election of Officers. County Committees shall convene in January, immediately after the General Election for the purpose of electing a Chair, Vice Chair, who shall be of the opposite sex of the Chair, a Secretary and a Treasurer. Each office shall not be combined or held by more than one person at a time. Other officer positions may be created by majority vote of those present and voting. Officers and members serve for two (2) year terms until the convening of the next officer election in January after the next general election.
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Tyler B. Clark*
Tyler B. Clark is serving his third term as Chairman of the Washington County Democrats. Tyler also serves as the Democratic Party of Arkansas Treasurer (2014-current). His interest in politics sparked at an early age. He was the only student to cast a vote for Michael Dukakis in the Mock Presidental Election in Elementary School. His hunger for politics was filled while growing up in Arkansas when President Clinton was in The White House.
Always willing to take on a fight and root for the underdog, his true political action began when he was elected President of the Benton County Young Democrats. Since that time, Tyler has been an active volunteer and advisor in a number of local, state and federal campaigns including: Gore-Lieberman, Kerry-Edwards, Obama-Biden 2008 & 2012, Jan Judy for Congress, David Whitaker for Congress, Greg Leding, Candy Clark & Grimsley Graham House Campaigns, Daniel Balls for JP, Adella Gray for City Council and Conner Eldridge for Arkansas.
-Work with subcommittee structure to expand communicate efforts
-Develop leadership track to ensure continuity of our success and steady leadership
-Outreach to Farmington, Prairie Grove and Elkins
Vice Chair for Marketing
Elizabeth Prenger is running for her third term as Vice-Chair of the Washington County Democrats. Elizabeth leads WCD's social and traditional media planning, coordinates special events, manages data and fundraisers. She plans to continue these roles and also oversee the newly established WCD Membership Scholarship program.
Born and raised in Little Rock, Elizabeth left for the East coast after college, where she dove headfirst into political consulting, community organizing and nonprofit communications. While politics remains a top hobby, Elizabeth switched her profession solely to the nonprofit world, starting in education reform and, most recently, youth development.
As a political consultant, Elizabeth planned and successfully marketed public events and fundraisers for political figures throughout the state of Arkansas. She dedicated years to conducting field operations for candidate and issue based campaigns and running point on public affairs and corporate relations projects. These opportunities have allowed her to push messaging and branding efforts for and with some of the best political strategists in Arkansas, as well as, other parts of the country.
Along with her passion for Democratic politics, she serves on an Alzheimer's-focused nonprofit board of directors, serves as VP of Programs for the local chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, is a founding member of Fayettevino Wine Club and has a mild-to-moderate obsession with her dog, Pippin. Elizabeth and her husband Cole welcomed their first child, Mick, in May of 2016. Mick’s campaigning experience has already begun with him being highlighted on the #BabiesforHillary instagram movement in November.
Vice Chair for Candidate Recruitment
I am a PhD student at the U of A and a college instructor at Crowder College and NWACC. I (unsuccessfully) ran for JP this year in NW Springdale. I broke my political teeth on the Howard Dean campaign in Michigan in 2004, and have been involved with campaign work at every level on and off ever since.
There are a few priorities that I have for this position. The first of these is ensuring a 2018 slate of county-level candidates that will be able to strengthen and expand our party's reach in every community. I also would like to see candidates continue to be provided with a tool-chest of knowledge and support that will strengthen their chances of success. Candidate trainings that not only enhance their campaign strategy, but also heighten their knowledge of public issues relevant to their positions would be a fruitful opportunity for us to provide this. As one of the most active county parties in the state, we also have an opportunity to help other counties in the region enhance candidate recruitment and success. I would appreciate your support.
Vice Chair for Volunteers and Voter Protection
I am running for Vice Chair of Volunteers and Voter Protection because I believe in fighting for democracy and Democratic values. For us to do that effectively, we must motivate and engage the people around us to work with and our party. I also believe in voter empowerment and EVERY citizen’s right to vote. I spent many years teaching on college campuses as a graduate student and then professor. Ten years ago I left academia for nonprofit management, and I’m currently the Director of the Clinton House Museum. I have one son who is a junior at the UA, so I am deeply invested in building a future that is bright for him and his peers. My years as a student and faculty leader, active community member, and a leader in many nonprofit organizations as staff and volunteer have given me the experience needed to motivate and manage our volunteers.
I will work to engage people who are not currently active with us but know they want to plug in as well as continue to motivate our veterans so we can leverage their experience in our various campaigns. I will be introducing several volunteer programs that will make it simple for people to engage according to their own capacities, strengths, and passions. I’m also ready to work with the Election Commission and opposing party representatives to ensure fair voter practices. I know that volunteer management is the hardest work there is, but it’s also the most rewarding.
Hello! My name is Ryann Alonso, and I am a junior majoring in Political Science and Communications at the University of Arkansas. I'm originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, but I have fallen in love with Arkansas and all the opportunities that the Democratic Party has given me here. Since March of my freshman year, I have served as President of the Young Democrats chapter at the U of A. This has given me experience in coordinating volunteers with For Fayetteville, David Whitaker for State House, Irvin Camacho for State House, Lionel Jordan's reelection campaign, as well as many other Washington County-based campaigns. Volunteer coordination for young people is exactly what we need at the county level.
This enthusiasm is imperative for 2018 and ensuring we invest in Arkansas's future, something I spend almost all of my time doing! I also registered over 500 people to vote at the University campus for the 2016 cycle and have many plans to expand these efforts beyond campus. For example, providing voter registration forms for all move in paperwork at all realty offices in the area is something I am currently working on. Creating a new generation of enthusiasm and civic engagement is at the core of why I am running for this position. My experience in both volunteer recruitment and voter protection make me the best candidate for this position, and I kindly ask for your vote for Vice Chair of Volunteers and Voter Protection to the Washington County Democrats!
My name is Josh Murphree and I’m running for Vice Chair for Volunteers & Voter Protection for the Washington County Democrats. I’ve been a lifelong Democrat and resident of Arkansas. I became involved with the Washington County Democrats through our annual fundraising event, Democrats Rock in the spring of 2013. As a professional party planner, I have used my skills to help plan the event. I now play a major role in the planning and execution of the biggest political party in NWA. I also served as Co-Chair of the 2016 Election Night Watch Party. However, being on the sidelines as event volunteer is not enough. I believe that my involvement in the party and my passion for progress make me the perfect candidate for Vice Chair for Volunteers & Voter Protection.
Here is my plan:
-I want to bring more young people into the party and into public service through volunteering.
-I want to revitalize Democrats Work NWA - an opportunity to connect volunteers with organizations in the area that need volunteers for various projects. This program has worked well in the past, but it just needs a fresh coat of paint and intentional coordination.
-This position also entails voter protection. Making sure that voters have the right information and access, and guaranteeing safety at the polls is imperative.
-Recruiting a base of volunteers to assist with Poll Watching is vital to this effort.
Thank you, and I would appreciate your vote on January 16.
Vice Chair for Next Generation Engagement
My name is Sam Harris. After graduating high school from Greenbrier, Arkansas, I moved to the U of A to pursue a degree in agricultural business with an emphasis in pre law! Since moving to Washington County, I have fallen in love with the inclusion and diversity our county has to offer! This past election cycle, I had the wonderful opportunity to work on the Clinton Campaign and then alongside Conner Eldridge for U.S. Senate. Campaigning these past few months solidified my passion for public service and politics, leading me to serve you as Washington County’s first Vice Chair for Next Generation Engagement!
-Engage with the youth of Washington County by working cooperatively with the new leadership of the University of Arkansas’ Young Democrats, as well as surrounding YDAR Chapters to ensure that youth have the opportunity to become engaged in the political process as the local, state, and national levels
-Work alongside the executive team and county committee to ensure an inclusive and equal environment for all Washington County Democrats, especially those of the New Generation
-Host Millennial Engagement focus groups to hear the concerns of voters who feel that our party no longer represents their priorities
-Work alongside high schools and institutions of higher education to ensure all newly eligible voters have the opportunity to register
Lauren Marquette is serving her fourth term as Treasurer and is seeking her fifth term. Lauren is a lifelong Democrat with roots in Arkansas' River Valley. She holds a MSW degree from the University of Arkansas and works as a healthcare non-profit executive. Her passion for politics started when she sent her first constituent letter to President George Bush in protest for not protecting the spotted owls and has had the political bug ever since. Lauren has and will continue to work tirelessly to elect Democrats in Arkansas and nationwide. Lauren has served in a variety of leadership positions in not only the local county party, but the state party as well. She currently serves as a state committee member and a term as a member of the Executive Committee representing the interests that Washington County Democrats hold important. Lauren has also served twice on the Platform Subcommittee.
As Treasurer, Lauren ensures sound fiscal management, monthly, quarterly yearly budgeting and PAC/Lobbying reporting to the Secretary of State and will continue to work hard to do so. This financial stewardship ensures a strong treasury and healthy committee. By working with generous supporters of Washington County Democrats, she will continue to work on innovative solutions to support candidates and meet the financial obligations and planning to continue to fund party building programs.
Friends and fellow Democrats, I am asking for your continued support as I seek re-election for Secretary of your Washington County Democrats. As I wrap up my first term, I want to tell you how much I have truly enjoyed being your Secretary, but also believe that our work together has just begun. I am excited about our future and look forward to meeting and talking with so many new and inspired members and future candidates for office.
As Secretary of the second largest party in the state, it is my duty to ensure proper record keeping for all county party activities, including but not limited to meeting minutes and candidate filing documents. I am a practicing attorney and am able to use that expertise to maintain bylaws and rules for the party. I also review contracts and other legal documents to protect the best interests of the committee when dealing with outside entities. I previously joined other local attorneys to serve as an Election Day poll watcher to make sure that all folks wanting to vote were able to vote - a right that we Democrats hold near and dear. I am truly excited about working closely with our new Vice Chair of Voter Protection to further insulate this critical right to participate in the political process.
Finally, my previous experience as a candidate for public office provides a unique perspective when providing assistance to our candidates. The entire WCD Executive team continues to cultivate, recruit, and support candidates who are ready to enter public service.
I am the Grammy of one grandson, Owen. I have every reason in the world to be concerned about and involved in the political world around us. The Secretary position is more than just a record keeping position. It is a vital component of a unified body of leadership. The Executive Committee works as a close team and I am proud to stand beside my colleagues over the next term as we welcome the new Vice Chair positions to this team.
I again ask for your vote for Secretary on January 16th and appreciate your continued support.