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

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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)

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Jordan Morris, Treasurer 

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Jessie Simmons, Secretary/Communications

Jessie is an Army veteran that settled, with his family, in Thurston County in 2014. He has a wealth of experience in the political arena including managing campaigns at the local and state levels. Not only is he serving on the TCD Executive Committee, but he is also the elected Precinct Committee Officer for Precinct #43 (University North). He believes that integrity is the most valuable character attribute. A truly inclusive and equitable society is one where citizens and elected officials alike can not only celebrate their successes, but acknowledge their mistakes. This is what moves a society forward. He is a Democrat because the Democratic Party looks more like America.


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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