WYOMING – Evan Welty will take the helm of the Wyoming Democratic Party, at least for now. Party chair Joe Barbuto made the announcement today that Welty will serve as the organization’s executive director until a permanent person is hired.
Welty grew up in Arizona but has family ties to Rock Springs. He received his bachelor’s degree from Northern Arizona University in Political Science, and shortly thereafter worked on President Obama’s 2012 campaign. He later received a Masters and returned to Wyoming to help with the Legislative session in January.
“I am excited to help the Wyoming Democratic Party grow as we look ahead to the 2018 election,” Welty said in a release. “I am deeply grateful to Chairman Barbuto for this opportunity and will do my best to work with Democrats from across Wyoming to create a party that represents them and their concerns. Also, I have to admit, I am looking forward to driving around this beautiful state.”
Barbuto, in turn, praised Welty’s work ethic and energy level.
“Evan has a keen political mind and an impressive background in field work and campaigning. I had the opportunity to see first hand his incredible work ethic and talents during the last election. Without a doubt, he’ll bring that same energy and commitment to the Wyoming Democratic Party. We’re glad to have him on board,” the party chair said.
Outgoing ED Aimee Van Cleave announced her resignation earlier this month. At the time of her hiring in 2015 she was the youngest political party director in the nation at age 22.