For Immediate Release | November 2, 2017
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Chairman Marley Announces New Executive Director
Boise— Idaho Democratic Party Chair Bert Marley announced today that the State Party has hired Elle Casner to serve as Executive Director heading into the 2018 election cycle. Casner has been serving as the Chief Financial Officer for the State Party since 2015.
“Elle’s experience in the fundraising and political sector will serve the organization well as we lay the groundwork and strategy to expand our programming in 2018,” said Chairman Marley. “We look forward to having her leadership and knowledge of the Idaho political landscape to take our mission to the next level. We have a tailwind and we must take advantage of it.”
Casner is a 3rd Generation Idahoan, comes from Basque heritage, and is a native of Boise who earned her B.B.A. in Accounting and Finance from Boise State University. Casner formerly served as the Deputy Finance Director for the Balukoff for Idaho campaign and as the lead fundraiser for the Marley for Lieutenant Governor campaign. Casner also led the fundraising efforts for Mayor Dave Bieter’s 2015 reelection campaign.
Since becoming Chief Financial Officer, Casner has expanded and diversified the State Party’s fundraising capabilities. Casner has directed the fundraising efforts for the State Party’s marquee event, the Frank & Bethine Church Gala, and quadrupled profits since taking over the team in 2015. Elle enjoys hiking in the Boise foothills, exploring the backwoods, and rafting on Idaho’s rivers.
“I’m excited to lead the Idaho Democratic Party into the 2018 midterms,” said Casner. “This is one of the toughest states for Democrats, but we’ve responded to adversity by growing, getting stronger, and gaining momentum. We know that when more Idahoans hear about the Idaho Democratic Party’s values and solutions, more Idahoans inevitably understand that we are truly the Party that fights for the best interests of Idaho’s workers, families, businesses, and communities.”