State Democratic Party names new director
JACKSON HOLE, WYO – The Wyoming Democratic Party (WDP) has named Dean Ferguson as executive director. Ferguson spent the past five years working for the Idaho Democratic Party. Prior to that, he was communication director for U.S. Rep. Walt Minnick (D-Idaho) and managed a U.S. Senate campaign.
“I am excited about the opportunities for growth that I see for the Wyoming Dems,” Ferguson said. “I am honored to be part of the movement that brings balanced leadership back to Wyoming’s government for the sake of working families, our communities, and our businesses.”
Ferguson takes over immediately for Evan Welty who was hired as interim ED in July after the resignation of Aimee Van Cleave. Ferguson said he looks forward to meeting Wyoming Dems this weekend at the Fall Central Committee Meeting and Roosevelt|Kennedy Dinner in Evanston.
Party chair Joe Barbuto said that the hiring committee was impressed with Ferguson’s experience in Democratic politics, as well as his understanding of issues that affect rural communities.
“Dean is a good fit for Wyoming and he has the right experience to build our Party’s infrastructure and expand our support of candidates up and down the ballot,” Barbuto said. “He understands what it means to work and live in a state where everyone is basically a neighbor.”
Dean Ferguson is a fifth-generation Idahoan who grew up on a small horse ranch in the state’s northern timber country. He has a B.S. in Education from the University of Idaho and an M.F.A in Creative Writing from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. After years of working blue collar jobs for ranchers, farmers, miners, and others, Ferguson became a journalist, a career that led him into politics and managing a U.S. Senate race. Later, Ferguson served as Communication Director for U.S. Rep Walt Minnick (D-Idaho) and worked for five years as Communication Director for the Idaho Democratic Party. He served the past five months as Interim Executive Director of the Idaho Democratic Party.