Local Republicans and Democrats recently elected their leaders for the coming year.
Realtor Valynn Currie was elected chairwoman of the Douglas County Republicans, replacing Fred Dayton.
Currie is the owner of Currieco Realty in Roseburg. She has been a realtor for 41 years and has a business background. She’s a native Oregonian and has lived in Douglas County most of her life.
Currie said the Republicans plan to expand their base and include more precinct committee persons to accomplish their goals.
“I am excited to move the Republican party forward to the 2020 election,” she said.
Other Republican officers elected are Vice Chairwoman Kathey Linn, Treasurer Cal Linn and Secretary Jan Mornarich.
The Democratic Party of Douglas County re-elected Alana Lenihan as its chairwoman. Lenihan became interim chairwoman after former chairwoman Lorna Hayden died in October 2017. Lenihan was then elected chairwoman in January and re-elected this month.
Lenihan said she primarily focused on her family before becoming involved in politics and also spent many years working in customer service and bookkeeping. She’s originally from Phoenix, Arizona but currently lives in Sutherlin.
Lenihan said the Democrats’ goals in the coming year “include promoting ideas and agendas that benefit working families in Douglas County.” She also said the Democratic organization wants to become more visible in the community.
Other Democratic officers elected are Vice Chairwoman Billie Spell, Treasurer Heather Faldalen, Recording Secretary Connie Page and Corresponding Secretary Rob Johnston.