Boise, ID — The Idaho Democratic Party State Central Committee elected new party Chair Lauren Necochea, who serves as a state representative in Boise’s District 19, at the 28th Annual Frank and Bethine Church Gala on Saturday, March 12, 2022.

Necochea will replace Deborah Silver, who served as acting chair since Fred Cornforth stepped down in January after being diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. 

Necochea was appointed to the Idaho Legislature in Dec. 2019. Prior to joining the legislature, she spent a decade leading nonprofit programs dedicated to policy research and advocacy. She sat on the steering committee for Idahoans for Healthcare, the ballot initiative campaign that successfully expanded Medicaid in Idaho. 

“When we focus on creating opportunities for every single Idahoan, we can all thrive. Sadly, our unbalanced political landscape is dominated by extremism, conspiracy theories, and mean-spirited tactics. These distractions leave too many Idahoans behind. I look forward to working with Idaho Democrats across the state to elect leaders who will focus on what Idahoans really need: a strong economy, great schools, and a wonderful quality of life,” said Necochea. 

Also elected were First Vice Chair Evan Koch of Kootenai County and Second Vice Chair Elle Casner of Ada County. 


For more information or interview requests, contact:

Avery Roberts, Communications Director for the Idaho Democratic Party 

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