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Chair William McCurdy II

William McCurdy II is the Nevada State Democratic Party’s first African American Chair and the youngest Chair in modern party history at 28 years old. He was born and raised in Las Vegas and was elected in 2016 to represent District 6 in the Nevada Assembly. After dropping out of high school as a teenage father, William started working construction and became the youngest foreman on a big job. He eventually decided he had to finish school if he wanted to achieve his goals, and he got his high school diploma at the age of 24. McCurdy is the former student body president of the College of Southern Nevada, where he graduated with honors. As CSN student body president, William fought for his classmates by advocating against tuition hikes and supporting legislation for the state’s first need-based aid program. As a union organizer with Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1107, William fights for better pay and better workplace conditions for their members. The first bill he presented as a new Assemblyman was to raise the minimum wage to a living wage of $15 an hour. William is committed to uniting the party, organizing and registering voters in every corner of Nevada, and leading Democrats to victory up and down the ballot in 2018.

First Vice Chair Marty McGarry

Marty McGarry is a lifelong Democrat who became active in Nevada politics after moving to Carson City in 2003. She met soon-to-be President Barack Obama on the campaign trail in 2007 and never looked back. Before becoming First Vice Chair, Marty served three terms as Chair of the Carson City Democratic Central Committee starting in 2011. Marty, a graduate of San Jose State University, worked as a Community Association Manager for 12 years and now works for Incline Property Management. She is married to Carlos Briones and is actively involved with many local civic organizations.

Second Vice Chair Jose Solorio

The son of Mexican immigrants, Jose was the first in his family to receive a college degree, an MBA from the University of Nevada, Reno. His mother was a housekeeper and his father is retired from the U.S. Air Force, and they instilled in him the importance of education: Jose’s son will graduate from Columbia University this spring. A Nevadan since 1970, Jose has lived in both Reno and Las Vegas, and he recently launched a new business that provides commercial cleaning services in Las Vegas. Jose was the first Latino to serve on the Clark County School Board and is the former Chair of the Latino Democratic Caucus. Jose has been an active Democrat as a precinct captain for the caucus and a member of the Democratic State and Clark County Central Committees. Jose believes strongly in growing the party by increasing the participation of young people, progressives and Latinos, so that Democrats can win elections and serve our communities.

Secretary Marla Turner

Marla is a Las Vegas native and lifelong Democrat who began volunteering in the community at the age of nine. She studied at the University of New Mexico and University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She had a 25-year career in health care, serving as the Director of Oncology Services for a large, acute-care hospital before becoming a clinical research consultant. Marla is the founder and publisher of The Blue Nevadan, a comprehensive website and weekly newsletter for all things Democrat in the entire State of Nevada. Additionally, she is the President of Emerge Nevada, an organization whose mission is to train and mentor women to run for public office. She herself is a 2011 graduate of their program. Marla is a current member of numerous Democratic clubs and caucuses and has volunteered for nearly 100 political campaigns. She has given thousands of hours of her time in nonprofit service to public health, education, community organizing, and minority-owned small business development. Marla is the mother of two grown children and “Grammy” to two grandchildren. She and her husband live in Las Vegas.

Treasurer Jan Churchill

Jan has served as Treasurer of the Nevada State Democratic Party for about two decades. During that time she has helped maintain all of the party’s financial records and compliance reports, ensuring that every dollar that goes in and out of the party is reported accurately with the Federal Election Commission and the Nevada Secretary of State. She has had careers in real estate and insurance, and she served as a District Representative for 14 years for Congresswoman Shelley Berkley. Jan enjoys cooking, baking, quilting, and spending time with her five grandchildren.

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