Leadership

The executive board of the Thurston County Democrats is made up of nine primary members plus four representatives from the four Legislative Districts within the county. 

 

Victor Minjares, Chair

Victor Minjares is an attorney in private practice, a father of two public school students, and the spouse of a brilliant English teacher. Victor serves on the board of directors of CIELO Olympia, as a state Democratic committee person for the 22nd Legislative District (Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater), and as the precinct committee officer in his neighborhood. He enjoys history books, action movies, and drinking lots of coffee.

As party chair, Victor is dedicated to ensuring all Democrats of goodwill have a voice within the party, and to help good Democrats get elected to office.

 

Danielle Westbrook, First Vice Chair (PCOs and Membership)

Danielle Westbrook is a mother and a musician. She also likes to dabble in politics. She's currently staff to Representative Beth Doglio and Executive Director of the Thurston-Mason County Medical Society. Since 2001, she's managed or consulted on over 60 campaigns - for local, county, legislative, and statewide candidates and for local, county, and statewide ballot measures. Currently, she's Chair of Thurston Environmental Voters, treasurer of Thurston Democratic Women, and, last but not least, 1st vice chair of the Thurston County Democrats. During her term, she is committed to strengthening the party through the recruitment and training of candidates, PCOs, and volunteers, to build a well-trained, highly efficient, smart campaign team in preparation for 2020 and beyond.

 

Deborah Cano-Lee, Second Vice Chair (Campaign Services)

Deborah Sioux Cano-Lee has worked for the Nisqually Tribe for 10 years, and is currently the Program Director for its Head Start program.

As an advocate of children and youth rights, Deborah was appointed to serve a two-year term as one of two National Representatives for the United States to the World Forum Foundation. She also served four terms as Commissioner from 2004-2013 for the Washington State Human Rights Commission, the state agency that enforces the Washington State Law Against Discrimination, and previously served as Chair of the Seattle Civil Rights Commission. 

Deborah is co-founder and currently Board President of the Washington Indian Civil Rights Commission. She resides in Olympia with her husband of 30 years, and their two-college student kids.04-2013 for the Washington State Human Rights Commission, the state agency that enforces the Washington State Law Against Discrimination, and previously served as Chair of the Seattle Civil Rights Commission. 

Jordan Morris, Treasurer 

Image of Jordan MorrisJordan Morris has worked as the Treasurer for local and county-wide campaigns in the South Puget Sound, and he is a lifelong Democrat. Since the beginning of 2019 he has worked to ensure that the Thurston County Democrats are stewarded in a financially responsible and transparent way. Jordan has been employed as a psychotherapist since 2010, and currently owns and operates a practice in Olympia, Washington. 

 

 Kyrian MacMichael, Secretary/Communications  

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Kyrian MacMichael is a single mother of two students in Thurston County Public Schools and serves as the PTA Secretary and Volunteer Coordinator for one of their schools. Kyrian is a public school teacher who has worked in education since 2000 in various settings. This will be her fifth year as an elementary school teacher in the virtual setting. She also co-teaches Sunday School for her church. She has served as a Precinct Committee Officer in Lacey for several years and looks forward to supporting efforts to get democrats elected to office. 

 

Keoki Kauanoe, State Committee Member

Keoki Kauanoe is a Native Hawaiian single father living in Olympia and dedicated to Progressive Democratic principles.  Keoki is the Director of Father Engagement for the Non-Profit Family Education and Support Services. He is currently the Chair of the Washington state Progressive Caucus and sat on the Resolutions Committee of the State Democratic Party.  Keoki also admins for Our Revolution and Indivisible Thurston County, works various Democratic Candidate Campaigns, served as former PCO for Precinct #214 and the current PCO of Precinct #243 and was the previous State Committee Member for Legislative District 22. Keoki believes in prioritizing principles over personalities, that if you are not at the table, you are on the menu and that the winning strategy is getting more people voting for mutual interests.  


Ann Chaudhry, State Committee Member

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Meren Gadman, Member at Large (Funraising/Events)

Meren joined Thurston County Democrats in 2010 as a member and was elected to the Executive Board as Member at Large from 2012 – 2016.  She is no stranger to fundraising, having previously worked on fundraising for local chapter of St. Jude’s, Susan G. Komen 3 Day Race for The Cure, South Bay elementary PTA, SideWalk and Thurston County Women Democrats.

 Meren is married to Jeff Gadman, Thurston County Treasurer and they have raised their family in Lacey since 1980. She is a licensed dispensing optician and has worked for Kaiser Permanente since 1993, is currently a member of Thurston County Democrats, Thurston County Women Democrats and on the Port of Olympia Citizens Advisory Committee.

 Meren is passionate about her family, friends, community and entertaining!

 She has experience and success in fundraising for Thurston County Democrats and will continue to add fun to fundraising!


Neil Turner, Member at Large (Burger Booth)

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