Local woman leads state Democrats
By News Director Leslie Drollinger Stratmoen
RIVERTON, Wyo. — A woman from Riverton has been chosen as the secretary for the state’s Democratic Party. Over the weekend, the organization chose Sherry Shelley at a gathering of the state central committee at Casper College.
Chosen as chairman was Chuck Herz of Moose and as vice chair – Jodi Guerin of Laramie. Serving as treasurer will be Leslie Petersen who was the Democratic governor candidate who lost to Republican Matt Mead.
All will serve a two year term, which means they’ll lead the party through the 2012 election cycle.
During the weekend gathering, the group also finalized the delegate selection plan for 2012 and national conventions.
The state’s Central Committee amended the 2012 Delegate Selection Plan to hold county conventions on April 14 or 2012, in every county seat across the state to make Wyoming eligible to earn two bonuses in the size of its delegation. One would be by virtue of waiting until April to hold its “first-step” events in the presidential section process, and the other would be for holding its events on the same date as neighboring states.
If approved by the Democratic National Committee or DNC, Wyoming would elect 19 delegates and 2 alternates to the 2012 Democratic National Convention. The state should also then be eligible for four bonus delegates, pending the formal approval of the plan by the DNC.