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State Dems hire Idahoan to lead them

October 16, 2017

A longtime Idaho Democratic Party official is crossing the border to be the executive director of the Wyoming party.

Dean Ferguson is a fifth-generation Idahoan who worked the past five years for the Dems in Idaho, the past five months as interim party chief.

Before that he was communications director for U.S. Rep. Walt Minnick, D-Idaho, and managed a U.S. Senate campaign.

Ferguson will meet Wyoming Dems this weekend at the party’s Fall Central Committee Meeting in Evanston.

He said in a release that he is “excited about the opportunities for growth that I see for the Wyoming Dems. I am honored to be part of the movement that brings balanced leadership back to Wyoming’s government for the sake of working families, our communities and our businesses.”

Ferguson takes over for the Dems in a state where they have been nearly shut out of state and U.S. offices in recent years.

Ferguson grew up on a small horse ranch in Idaho’s northern timber country. He has a degree in education from the University of Idaho and an MFA from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. He has worked in ranching, farming, mining and journalism.