In a three-sentence email message today, Nancy Biery
had withdrawn from the race for chairmanship of the state Democratic Party.
"I am officially withdrawing from the race for State Democratic Party chair," she
of Quilcene is announcing this week "because I have a lot of ground to cover before the Feb. 1 election."
The state chair operates out of an office in Seattle and supervises a paid staff of five or six people, Biery
The chairmanship is a paid position that earns more than $100,000, Biery
said, although she
does not know its exact amount.
, 59, noted that her
top priorities as Democratic Party chair would include electing four more Democrats to the state Senate in 2014 to take back the majority from the "turncoats," she
said, who have allied with the Republican Party.
also wants to lay groundwork now for the future of the party - especially the 2016 re-election campaigns of Gov
Biery moved to Jefferson County in 1999 and served as Jefferson County chairwoman from 2000 to 2003.
Since then, she has worked as a consultant.
While Jefferson County is small, Biery
home base gives her
"Jefferson County is a little blue sapphire," she
said, referring to the blue designation for Democrats, versus the red for Republicans.
"It is the only county off of the I-5 corridor that consistently supports Democrats and always has the highest voter turnout," Biery
"It is a little beacon of hope for some of the rural counties that aren't as blue."
said the political environment in Washington state isn't as contentious as in Washington, D.C., but still lacks bipartisanship.
"I don't have the answer as to how we can get more bipartisan cooperation," she