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Chair Roberta Lange Roberta-Lange-1024x1024

Roberta is the Chair of the Nevada State Democratic Party, working tirelessly to elect Democrats and build our Democratic Party. She is the former Chair of the Clark County Democratic Party and has worked in Democratic politics and campaigns for more than 25 years.

Roberta began her career as a local union representative for teachers in her school and worked her way up to being elected president of her local union. She moved to Nevada in 1995 and joined the staff of Durango High School in Clark County. She left to become the Deputy Campaign Manager for U.S. Senator Harry Reid in 1998 and served as Operations Manager for the dramatic recount. Turning full time to politics, she worked as Finance Director for Edward Bernstein for U.S. Senate, Operations Manager for Tom Gallagher for Congress and Nevada State Director for Bill Richardson for President. After two terms as president of the Henderson Democratic Club, Roberta left that position to become Finance Director for Dina Titus’ gubernatorial campaign. In 2008, she was State Director for the Pickens Plan educating Nevadans about renewable energy, and today she consults with the Western Conservation Foundation on key environmental issues.

Roberta is married to Ken Lange, an advocate for foster children and families and the former executive director of the Nevada State Education Association. They have four children and four grandchildren.

First Vice Chair Chris Wicker chris_wicker

Chris is the First Vice Chair of the Nevada State Democratic Party. He is a lifelong registered Democrat who has voted in every election since 1972. From 2002 to 2009, Chris served as the Chair of the Washoe County Democratic Party, and he continues to serve as the Chair Emeritus. He has been a member of the State Central Committee since 2002. He was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 2004 and Co-Chair of the largest Nevada state convention in history in 2008. Chris is an attorney and shareholder at Woodburn and Wedge with extensive experience in complex civil litigation. He has lived in Reno since 1983.

Second Vice Chair Linda Cavazos

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Linda is serving in her second term as the Second Vice Chair of the Nevada State Democratic Party, and she also chairs the Clark County Democratic Party Diversity Resolution Committee. She is a former Obama for America Neighborhood Team Leader and a 2014 Emerge Nevada graduate, and she has worked on many Democratic campaigns in Nevada. After serving as a 2012 National Delegate, Linda has remained active as a volunteer spokesperson, lobbyist and survivor outreach lead for Everytown in support of commonsense gun safety laws. Linda grew up in the small copper mining town of Superior, AZ, and graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She previously taught high school, then started a solo counseling practice while teaching part time at UNLV, and she now works as a family and veterans therapist. Linda lives in Henderson with her husband Robert, with whom she has five children and seven grandchildren.

Secretary Marla Turner unnamed

Currently serving her third term as Secretary of the Nevada State Democratic Party, Marla has consulted for a variety of political candidates and volunteered for dozens of others. In 2008, she co-founded Nations for Change, an international nonprofit organization to provide free and low-cost training and mentoring in community organizing. She established the first grants program in Nevada for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and served on the Nevada Statewide Cancer Action Plan that helped create the Nevada Millennium Scholarship for Nevada students. Additionally, Marla is a former member of the Clark County Business Development Advisory Council and long-time volunteer for Aid for AIDS of Nevada. Marla is the founder and publisher of The Blue Nevadan, a popular website for all things Democratic in Nevada. She is the President of Emerge Nevada, an organization that encourages and trains Democratic women to run for elected office. Marla also serves as Chair of the NSDP’s Community Action Committee and Elections Chair for the Clark County Democratic Party. Marla is a Las Vegas native, where she lives with her husband.

Treasurer Jan Churchill 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. 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 and quilting, and spending time with her five grandchildren.

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