North Idaho Democrat named new state party chairman

Larry Kenck of Post Falls was elected to succeed former Chairman Larry Grant at Saturday’s Democratic State Central Committee meeting. Kenck is a former Teamsters Union official who fought Idaho’s Right to Work law in the 1980s and ran for the state Senate in the 1990s.

A news release from the Idaho Democratic Party follows:

Idaho Democratic Party


For Immediate Release


Date: February 25, 2013
Contact: Dean A. Ferguson (208) 790-4530 or Sally Boynton Brown (208) 440-2374



Idaho Dems Choose New Chairman: Larry Kenck of Post Falls


Boise, Idaho—Idaho Democratic activists chose Larry Kenck of Post Falls as Chairman of the Idaho Democratic Party. Kenck replaces Larry Grant, who stepped down after two years in the position. The vote came on Saturday during the activist events surrounding the Frank and Bethine Church Gala weekend, an annual fundraiser for the IDP that drew about 600 people from across the state.

Kenck told the crowd Saturday night that he is focused on uniting Democrats and working toward a common cause:

We are a community of people who want the brightest possible future for our children and the beautiful state of Idaho. Together, we will make our communities stronger, we will keep our families whole, we will make Idaho a place where businesses and families prosper together. We are the Democrats of Idaho and we are joining hands to show the state that we will bring balance back to Idaho,” said Kenck.
Kenck is a fourth generation Post Falls, Idaho native who lives in Post Falls. He twice ran for the state senate and has served as Kootenai County Democratic Party Chair.  He founded the North Idaho Democracy Dinner, which is in its 12th consecutive year. Kenck was a Business Agent with the Teamsters Union representing North Idaho and Eastern Washington and did political work and trainings for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters around the United States. He was spokesman for the Repeal Right to Work effort and worked as a member of the Idaho State AFL-CIO. He currently sits on the Idaho State Industrial Commission Advisory Board. After retiring from the Teamsters, he worked around the country as a Field Director and lobbyist with the Coalition Against Bigger Trucks both federally and in 38 states.
Party Experience:

Kootenai County Central Committee
Kootenai County Chairman
Kootenai County State Committeeman
Organizer North Idaho Democracy Dinner
Organizer North Idaho Tube Steak Gala
Art Manley Huckleberry Social Emcee/Host
Larry LaRocco campaign
Dan Williams campaign
Idaho State Democrat Central Committee Member
1996 State Senate Candidate
1998 State Senate Candidate

Dan Popkey came to Idaho in 1984 to work as a police reporter. Since 1987, he has covered politics and has reported on 25 sessions of the Legislature. Dan has a bachelor's in political science from Santa Clara University and a master's in journalism from Columbia University. He was a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association and a Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. A former page in the U.S. House of Representatives, he graduated Capitol Page High School in 1976. In 2007, he led the Statesman’s coverage of the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news. In 2003, he won the Ted M. Natt First Amendment award from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association for coverage of University Place, the University of Idaho’s troubled real estate development in Boise. Dan helped start the community reading project "Big Read." He has two children in college and lives on the Boise Bench with an old gray cat.

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