Today, after the passing of former Chair Fred Cornforth, the Idaho Democratic Party released the following statements:

Statement from Idaho Democratic Party Chair Lauren Necochea:

“We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Fred Cornforth. He was a man of faith, a successful businessman, a philanthropist, and a community leader. He saw strengthening the Idaho Democratic Party and electing more Democrats as essential work to protect and bring prosperity to the people of Idaho. During his time as chair of the Idaho Democratic Party, Fred hired incredibly talented staff, broke fundraising records, and set us on the path toward significant goals the party has achieved: conducting year-round field organizing, building party infrastructure in every county, and recruiting Democratic candidates to run in every corner of Idaho. We will honor his vision and his legacy through our continued work to build a brighter future for every Idahoan.

“On behalf of the entire Idaho Democratic Party, I offer our deepest condolences and prayers to Fred’s family and loved ones as they grieve the loss of their beloved husband, father, brother, and friend.”

Statement from Senate Democratic Leader Melissa Wintrow:

“Our world is a better place for having Fred in it. He was a humble, thoughtful, kind, and generous human being who was always thinking of how to lift others up. I was inspired by his wisdom, generosity, and vulnerability. I will think of him and his tenacity whenever I feel like giving up.”

Statement from House Democratic Leader Ilana Rubel:

“I am heartbroken at the loss of my dear friend Fred. I am a better person for having known him, and Idaho is a better state because he gave so much to it. Fred brought historic levels of energy and excitement to Democrats in Idaho, and when we can finally fund public education adequately and protect basic rights in this state, it will be in large part thanks to his work. My deepest condolences go to Fred’s wife Jill and his family, whom he adored above all else. We will miss this great man beyond words.

Statement from Idaho Democratic Party Executive Director Jared DeLoof:

“Fred Cornforth was the spark that brought new life to the Idaho Democratic Party. He lived every day thinking about how we could make life better for all Idahoans and had the energy to make it happen, which is rare to see. All of us at the Idaho Dems will miss him terribly and owe him a great debt of gratitude. Our thoughts are with his wife, children, and all the lives Fred touched.”