New party head seeks to give Democrats more clout

Jan 3, 2012

The Wyoming Democratic Party has chosen a new executive director: Robin Van Ausdall. 

Van Ausdall has worked on several Democratic political campaigns in Colorado and was the Democratic National Committee field officer for northeast Colorado for three years.

She says she’s excited about returning to her native Wyoming, and she hopes to make the Democratic party more competitive in the state. She says she hopes to provide more support to party officials at the county level and to raise more money than in the past.

“Wyoming wasn’t always a pretty conservative state, and anything that can change, can change again,” she said. “We pretty successfully have done that in Colorado; they’ve also done it in Montana. And I think the inter-mountain West, demographically, is very similar.”

Van Ausdall begins her new position next week. The previous party head moved to Oregon in October.