Despite 'rough' year, Mohave Democrats feel they have momentum

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