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12/19/2012 6:00:00 AM
Despite 'rough' year, Mohave Democrats feel they have momentum

Erin Taylor
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - After what they called a turbulent but successful election season, Mohave County Democrats say they face a year of rebuilding as new local leaders emerge.

The party is also gearing up for its Presidential Inaugural Ball Jan. 19.

Interim chairman Ed Pyrzynski is stepping down and will be replaced by District One (Kingman) party chair Joe Longoria. Both men are from Kingman.

Pyrzynski called 2012 a successful year for Democrats.

"The year started out rough, but things worked out," he said. "The Dem booth at the County Fair was impressive. All of us made a difference."

Longoria was elected to the two-year term as head chair at the Mohave County Democratic Party's meeting in Lake Havasu City Dec. 5.

He said that the party needs to continue to work hard to carry its momentum.

"Dems are going to go to the statehouse not facing a super-majority and our Congressional delegation is majority blue," he said. "We set up a lot of ground work and to move forward we will build from that."

Beth Weisser was re-elected as first vice chair while Peach Springs' community leader Wanda Quasula was re-elected to be second vice-chair.

Lake Havasu's Kay Lilland is retiring as treasurer after nearly a decade of involvement with the party. She will be replaced by Danny Baker of Kingman.

Acting county party secretary Mikel Weisser was elected to continue serving in that position and David Hamilton of Bullhead City was re-elected as sergeant at arms.

Tickets for the black-tie optional ball are $25. For more information contact, Joe Longoria at (928) 753-0006 or visit

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Article comment by: Frank Harris

The good Capt seems to forget the Reps under GW created wars, spent like a drunken sailor, and told their critics "you're either with us or against us" or "you're unamerican."

Posted: Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Article comment by: Capt. Nice

I wonder what the Dem's think they have momentum in? Everything in this country is going down hill and it is directly due to liberalism.
If it is because obama got re-elected that is also wrong because he bought the election and that is nothing to brag about. The man who could have stopped this down ward momentum go beat, which say's a whole lot about this countries smarts.
So where is the momentum? We have to wait another four years of spending and destroying before we can turn the down ward momentum back the right direction.

Posted: Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Article comment by: tj denton

arizona will never be blue, no matter how much these bleeding heart liberals want it to be, sorrrrry. :(

Posted: Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Article comment by: anonymous anonymous

Airzona is diverse, in southern Arizona more democrats than republicans, northern Arizona more republicans than democrats, but state wide averages are about 1/3 all the way around between republican, democrat and those ever important swing voters called Independents! Texas a long time red state is said to maybe go blue soon, some speculate the same for Arizona, anything is possible! The sun does not shine on one dogs tail all the time it has to shine on some other dogs some of the time!

Posted: Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Article comment by: Frank Harris

A good strong set of leaders are in place for the local Dems. Best of luck to these fine folks.

I certainly admire the fortitude those active in the local party have shown against the 60-40 that seems to have a hold on this area. A good 10% of that 60% is tentative. The extremists in the local Republican party continue to chase many loyal old school Republicans away (good example is today's article on what the local Reps see as important). Unfortuantely they just can't bring themselves to vote for the Democratic party. Over time this area will turn more and more away from the radicals that control the local Reps. The only question is will they see the local Dems as a way forward, will they simply give up on politics, or will they vote Green or Independent?

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