New Clark County Democratic chairperson: ‘One of my big things is to unify the party’

The Clark County Democratic Party has selected a new chairperson for its executive committee.

Charles Bush, who served as the president of the local UAW 402 until 2004 and then served as the director of Interfaith Hospitality Network, an organization that serves the homeless in Clark County, was selected.

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“One of my big things is to unify the party,” Bush said. “Bringing in all different areas, There is a women’s committee, there is Equality Springfield, there’s a Democratic club. There are different groups out there that deal with the Democratic Party and are trying to bring those people in.”

He said as the chairperson of the executive committee, he is essentially the CEO of the local Democratic Party and it’s his responsibility to run the meetings and ensure everyone is on the same page.

“Moving forward, I think we as a party can become stronger by working together,” Bush said.

A message left with the Clark County Republicans was not returned Tuesday.

In just the last couple weeks, two Democratic candidates that were lined up to run for county offices withdrew from the race. Pamela Dixon dropped out of the county commission race and John Young dropped out of the auditor’s race.

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Bush said the party’s central committee is responsible for filling those slots. He is on that committee too and said the group will work hard to put someone in the race that can win in November.

“We will be looking for candidates. Moving forward as we work together it will enhance our ability to get Democrats elected,” Bush said.

As it currently stands, many of the county’s elected offices are held by Republicans. Bush said he hopes to change that.

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“If I am successful in unifying the party and bringing everybody together and working as a unit, then our chances of getting Democrats elected in Clark County will be much stronger than they have been recently,” he said.

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