Brenner stays at Democratic helm |

Brenner stays at Democratic helm

Councilman elected to lead county party for two more years

— Nothing builds a political resume like winning elections.

Two months after Democratic victories in three contentious Routt County elections, Steamboat City Councilman Ken Brenner has been elected to serve as chairman of the Routt County Democratic Party for another two years. No other nominee for chairman was made at a Wednesday night Democratic Party meeting, which also featured a potluck dinner, a discussion of party goals and the election of several other officers.

“I think we’re getting a reputation for our potlucks,” said party spokeswoman Lynn Abbott, who said more than 40 people attended the event. “It’s a social thing as well as getting the business done.”

Three regional vice chairpersons also were elected Wednes-day. Steamboat Springs resident Catherine Carson, who last fall helped coordinate the successful Routt County campaign of Gov. Bill Ritter, is the party’s vice chairwoman representing Steamboat; former Democratic National Convention delegate Mike Smith is the vice chairman representing South Routt; and Hayden resident Ken Gibbon is the vice chairman representing West Routt and North Routt.

David Moulton is the party’s secretary, and Judy Tremaine is the treasurer.

“It was packed,” Brenner said about the meeting. “Everybody was in a pretty festive mood and excited about starting this next two-year cycle : We’re going to be doing a lot of party-building, training and recruiting this first year, and in the second year, we’ll be focused on supporting our candidates in ’08.”

Abbott said Dan Slater, first vice chairman of the Colorado State Democratic Party, attended the meeting and congratulated the group for the high attendance and energy.

Abbott said Brenner has done “an excellent job” leading local Democrats, and she noted recent election successes are spurring growth in the party.

“Now we almost always have 30 people at our meetings,” she said Thursday. “That is well up from when we used to have six or 10.”

– To reach Mike Lawrence, call 871-4203 or e-mail

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