BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – The executive director of Louisiana’s Democratic Party announced his resignation on Wednesday.
Stephen Handwerk, who served as the state party’s executive director for more than 8 years, is the longest-serving executive director of a democratic state party in the nation, according to spokeswoman Allyson Sanders.
Handwerk planned to leave his position earlier this year, but he chose to delay his resignation due to the pandemic, the needs of the party and the uncertainty of the Democratic National Convention, Sanders wrote.
Handwerk released the following statement:
“This has been the most challenging and intense job I have ever had, but it has also been the most rewarding. I am very proud of the work we were able to do – including most recently, posting some extremely impressive Presidential Preference Primary numbers where Democrats outperformed Republicans by over 62,000 votes, and our presumptive nominee ending with over 16,000 more votes than the sitting president.
When I came into the party we were cash poor, had few donors, even fewer activists, few staff, a non existent digital program, a near worthless voterfile and few people who knew how to use it — and a lot of very disappointed and disaffected Democrats who wanted change. We were able to take a deep hard look at the party and respond with meaningful programs and tools to help us grow. From grass tops to grass roots, we were able to connect folks and build our resources, diversify our revenue streams and build an infrastructure and set of tools available to all of our candidates.
I’m excited to move to my next chapter. I won’t be going far from state democratic parties as I’ll be helping anywhere I can with the Association of State Democratic Committees and advising several state parties to build a more robust support program, taking full advantage of what makes state parties unique and valuable to the Democratic ecosystem. I am also looking forward to continuing to advise candidates who are running for office to run better, smarter, more efficient campaigns. You won’t be able to keep me away from commenting on politics on the radio, where I appear every month on KPEL, and I hope to get back to filing regular columns in the digital world.”