Palacio Announces Broad Support from Leaders Across the Country in DNC Vice Chair Race

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Palacio Announces Broad Support from Leaders Across the Country in DNC Vice Chair Race


Denver – Today, Rick Palacio, Chair of the Colorado Democratic Party and candidate for DNC Vice Chair, announced endorsements showcasing his strong and diverse support from across the country.

  • U.S. House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer from Maryland
  • U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, Colorado
  • U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, Colorado
  • Earl Fowlkes DNC LGBT Caucus Chair from Washington DC
  • Iris Martinez, DNC Hispanic Caucus Chair from Illinois
  • Andres Ramirez, DNC Hispanic Caucus Vice Chair from Nevada
  • James Clayborne, Illinois State Senate Majority Leader
  • Rickey Cole, Former Mississippi State Party Chair 
  • Javier Gonzales, Mayor, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Luis Heredia, former Arizona Democratic Party Executive Director 
  • Gilberto Hinojosa, Texas State Party Chair
  • Lee Kinch, Kansas State Party Chair
  • Alexandra Gallardo-Rooker, California State Party Vice Chair 
  • Blanca O’Leary, DNC Member from Colorado
  • Bev Ryken, Colorado State Party Vice Chair

U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, Colorado

“Rick knows that our party needs to do a better job of listening, and that the great diversity of our party is what makes us strong. As the first Latino and openly gay Chair of the Colorado Democratic Party, he brought our party in Colorado together. We need his leadership on the national stage to stand strong in the face of Donald Trump.”

U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, Colorado

“For the last six years, Rick Palacio has been a strong leader in Colorado, energizing and mobilizing our party to secure key victories for us in a tough swing state. Because of his leadership, we have made great gains in Colorado. Our state is a shining example of how Democrats can be successful when we come together, and Rick would make a great DNC Vice Chair.” 

Gilberto Hinojosa, Texas State Party Chair

“I have known Rick Palacio for several years, and I know that he cares about our party, and that he cares about making our country a better place for more people. He will stand up to Donald Trump, and fight for those who don’t have a voice, and I’m proud to endorse him.”

Earl Fowlkes DNC LGBT Caucus Chair, Washington DC

“As the Chair of the DNC LGBT Caucus, I am proud to endorse Rick. He has made LGBT issues a priority, and I know he will continue to fight for an inclusive and diverse DNC, which is why I support him for DNC Vice Chair.”

Iris Martinez, DNC Hispanic Caucus Chair, Illinois

“With Donald Trump as President, we need to be vigilant in resisting his dangerous ideas and policies, such as a border wall. Rick has proven leadership, and he will never stop fighting to keep our families protected and united.”

Rick Palacio

“I am honored to receive the endorsement and support of so many influential leaders from around the country. This coalition of supporters knows that we have to work together to stand up to Donald Trump and his reckless Republican allies. We need to ensure that all of voices are heard, and that organizing is driven, and supported, at the local level and in every community. That is what I’ll bring as DNC Vice-Chair.”


The election for Vice Chair will take place on February 25 at the DNC meeting in Atlanta. In case you missed it, check out Rick’s latest video, “Why we fight.”

Rick Palacio has been the Chair of the Colorado Democratic Party since 2011. He is the first Latino and first openly gay man in battleground Colorado to hold the office of chair for a major party. For more information on Rick, visit www.rickpalacio.com.

Colorado Statesman: Palacio mounts campaign for Democratic National Committee vice chair

Colorado Democratic Party Chairman Rick Palacio is campaigning for a vice chairman position with the Democratic National Committee after serving three terms running the state party. On Friday, he announced the endorsement of a number of elected officials and party luminaries from across the country.

Palacio, who holds the distinction of being the first Latino and openly gay man to chair a major party in Colorado, is one of 10 declared candidates for the DNC’s vice chair positions, which will be elected at the party’s winter meeting on Feb. 25 in Atlanta. (Because of complicated rules governing party offices, Democrats won’t know whether there will be one or two male vice chair slots until then, party officials say.)

He’s set to attend a regional forum for DNC candidates this weekend in Houston.

Seven candidates are in the running to chair the DNC, which has been reeling since a series of email leaks last year — engineered by Russian operatives, according to the U.S. intelligence community — forced U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida to step down as chair on the eve of the Democratic National Convention. President Donald Trump’s win in November, in addition, has the party on its heels as Democrats seek to define the party.

“Rick knows that our party needs to do a better job of listening, and that the great diversity of our party is what makes us strong,” said U.S. Rep. Jared Polis in an endorsement statement released by Palacio’s campaign. “We need his leadership on the national stage to stand strong in the face of Donald Trump,” he added.

U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter and U.S. House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland joined a dozen additional prominent Democrats, including the Texas and Kansas state party chairs, endorsing Palacio. (Palacio worked in Hoyer’s office before returning to Colorado to run for the party post in 2011.)

“I am honored to receive the endorsement and support of so many influential leaders from around the country,” Palacio said in a statement. “This coalition of supporters knows that we have to work together to stand up to Donald Trump and his reckless Republican allies. We need to ensure that all of voices are heard, and that organizing is driven, and supported, at the local level and in every community. That is what I’ll bring as DNC vice chair.”

https://www.coloradostatesman.com/palacio-mounts-campaign-democratic-national-committee-vice-chair/