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Leadership

Becky Hanson - Canyon County Chair,
Member of the State Central Committee

Rebecca grew up in Caldwell, attended local schools and graduated from The College of Idaho with a BA in Music. She traveled and lived outside Idaho for several years, but returned to care for family.  She volunteers for several other local organizations including Caldwell Fine Arts and Deer Flat Refuge.

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Janice Martell - Canyon County Vice Chair 

Janice grew up in Idaho Falls, Idaho. She graduated from both Idaho State University and Boise State University with a BA in education and a BS & MS in engineering. She has moved several times for job opportunities, more recently in NY for 6 years.  She has recently moved back to Idaho.  She has seen an erosion of modern day freedoms such as women’s rights and worker’s rights.  Another concern is the eroding of the environment, along with the recent disdain for science in general.  She is pro-democracy and the separation of church and state. She enjoys bicycling, painting and cross-stitching.

Rhonda Aman - Canyon County Secretary

Rhonda grew up in Idaho and attended Caldwell Schools.  Her father fostered her interest in politics, and encouraged her "to jump in with both feet". She is also an animal lover and strong supporter of animal rights.

Rex Hanson - Canyon County Treasurer

A former State Committeeman, Rex took on the role of treasurer in January 2022.  He moved to Caldwell in 2015 after a 30+ year career as a geologist.  Having moved frequently with his job, he is enjoying putting down roots and contributing to Idaho and the local community.  

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Pete Erlendson - Communications Chair

Pete is a native of the Treasure Valley and moved to Caldwell in 2018 with his wife and children. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy after graduating high school. Following four years of service Pete was awarded an honorable discharge. He then went on to earn a BA in Political Science with an emphasis in American Government from Boise State University. Pete also serves as a precinct captain.

Pat Day Hartwell - State Commiteewoman,
Member of the State Central Committee

Pat Day Hartwell, a long time Democratic activist, represents 2C Dems on the State Central Committee. While living in Idaho Falls, she was active in getting programs to protect women and children against violence in Idaho.  She and her husband Jack raise sheep and process wool at the Lazy PJ Ranch in Nampa.

Bruce Wethered - State Committeeman
Member of the State Central Committee

Bruce represents 2C Dems on the State Central Committee.  A Nampa High graduate, he earned business degrees from BSU and Pacific Lutheran and worked with planning,transportation and logistics for years, including 13 with MPC in Nampa.  He has served in many roles with Idaho Masons and regularly competes in ballroom dance competitions.   

Canyon County District Leaders

District chairs are members of the State Central Committee.

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Jackie Groves -  District 9 Chair

Jackie Groves, a former Ada County Democrats Chair and Idaho Democratic statewide candidate for Controller with a professional background in financial services and fundraising. “Democrats look to bring about a better future, equitable and accessible to all. We can shape the future to be fair, safe, healthy, and prosperous. This work takes the wisdom and the guidance of those who have gone before us and the fresh energy and ideas of those who are now entering the scene. This work takes all of us, in all of our diverse perspectives, working together for the sake of all Idahoans,” Groves says.

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Greta Dunlap - District 10 Chair

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Penny Neely -  District 11 Chair

Penny is proud to represent District 11 for the Idaho Democratic Party. A native of north Idaho, Penny graduated from the University of Idaho with a degree in Education. She is a Mom and a Grandmom. Penny has lived in 7 states and visited most of the rest. Travel has taken her to North and South America, Europe and Asia. When the “Trickle Down” economic theory started eroding the middle class Penny began her transition from Independent to Democrat. She now vigorously opposes the dangerous radical extremism that has taken hold of the opposing party.

Sheila Robinson - District 12 Chair

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Sheila is a Canyon County Idahoan and a graduate of Middleton HS with a BSU Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting degree. She loves the discussion of ideas to resolve political issues and upon returning to Idaho, found that diverse points of view, especially in TV news media and local newspapers, are difficult to find. Constructive forums to pursue diligent work for all residents of the state are needed. Access to public lands, quality education, women’s rights, separation of church and state and affordable housing with just taxation are important to her and she believes the work begins at the local level.

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Vacant -  District 13 Chair

Contact canyoncountydems@gmail.com if interested in serving as District 13 Chair.

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John Cornett -  District 23 Chair

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