State Democratic Party chair Dwight Pelz will leave job

The Associated PressOctober 1, 2013 

State Democratic Party Chairman Dwight Pelz says he’s stepping down from his post to travel, but won’t rule out a return to politics one day.

Pelz, 62, told party leaders Monday that he’ll leave his position effective Feb. 1, The Seattle Times reported. Pelz has held the position since 2006.

A former community organizer, Pelz helped pass the 1977 statewide initiative campaign that repealed the sales tax on food. He was elected to the state Senate from the 37th District in 1990 and served six years before being elected to the Metropolitan King County Council, where he served nine years, before being elected state party chairman.

He was re-elected to another two-year term this past January, but decided to step down early.

The Associated Press

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