Experience in state and local party-building

After managing a state party for 10 years—and leading the Association of State Democratic Chairs for eight—Ray Buckley understands what it will take to strengthen state and local Democratic committees.

Under Ray’s leadership, Democrats have consistently won elections in a purple state—in no small part because of the strength of the state party and local committees.


A PERSPECTIVE FROM OUTSIDE THE BELTWAY

Ray understands that elections are won through the work of volunteers in towns and cities across the country—not by consultants in Washington.

Ray believes the DNC can’t just focus on winning the White House: we need to win thousands of state, county, and local races across our country.


A LIFELONG COMMITMENT TO GRASSROOTS ORGANIZING

Ray didn’t discover the importance of grassroots organizing in 2016—it’s been his life’s work. His bold, detailed 15-point plan to reinvigorate state parties reflects this commitment to our grassroots.

Ray will be more than just a full-time chair, never using his position as a step stool to higher office. He’ll be committed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to leading, reforming, and growing the Democratic Party—just as he’s been his entire life.