Maricopa County Democratic Party Chair Ann Wallack Not Running for Re-Election
I'm constantly amazed at people who kvetch long and loudly about what the Dems are doing or not doing, when they can directly affect what the party does by joining it and participating in this little thing called democracy.
Keep in mind that the party chair position is unpaid, as are the other county officer positions.
Wallack, a businesswoman who co-owns the running supply store Runners Den and who has run for state Senate in the past, says the county gig turned out to be "pretty much full time," but that it doesn't necessarily have to be all-consuming.
"I'm sure other people could probably inspire enough people to help," she stated. "So that they don't have to spend all of their time doing it."
One person giving some serious thought to running for the position is Laura Copple, a Scottsdale piano teacher and former chair of the old Legislative District 8, who spent this election working as a field organizer for the Democratic Party.
When I spoke with her this afternoon, she would only say that she's considering running for the position, but that she's "not 100 percent," as the job would be a "big commitment."
An understatement, to be sure. I admire people who step up to the plate and are willing to serve in these often thankless positions.
Like Wallack, who has suffered some serious slings and arrows during this election.
Contrary to how her detractors have depicted her, I've found Wallack to be an honest and unselfish warrior, one who genuinely wanted to defeat Arpaio and worked hard at electing Penzone.
Yes, she was unsuccessful.
But so were we all, my friends. So were we all.