Dara Johnson makes history as the first African American to serve as Chairperson of the local Democratic Party

The Howard County Democratic Party announced today that Dara Johnson was elected Chairperson of the party by special caucus on Thursday, January 9, 2020. Johnson was previously serving as Secretary since 2017 and Interim Chair since December 2019.

“This position is not to be taken lightly and one that will require determination and dedication,” said Johnson in her statement to party leaders at Thursday’s meeting. She continued, “I know our Party represents dignity and excellence, and I have support from people who are passionate and strategic. I know the legacy and history of this Party, and we know what we need to do to win.”

Additionally, the Democratic Party elected veteran political force Steve Daily to serve as Vice Chairperson. Daily served as Mayor of Kokomo from 1980 to 1987, and has been active in the Democratic Party behind the scenes for many years. “I know I have not been visible for a number of years, but I have always supported our candidates. That’s not all that I want to do going forward,” said Daily. He continued, “I am ready to be present, fundraise, and recruit candidates.”

Johnson makes history as the first African American to serve as Chairperson of the local Democratic Party. With this strong combination of emerging and veteran talent in leadership, the Democratic Party is energized and ready to take on the future.

“I cannot do this by myself. I need everyone’s help,” said Johnson. “I will do what it takes to make sure we have the right people in the right positions to make sure that the Howard County Democratic Party flourishes and progresses into its next season.”

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