by Anthony Lane
Leaders of the El Paso County Democratic Party decided at a March 5 meeting to try something new: hiring an executive director.
The party, long reliant on the work of volunteers and a part-time administrative worker, has chosen Christy Le Lait to take on day-to-day management on the party. (In the process, the part-time office job was dropped.)
Le Lait, who’s worked for the Pikes Peak Gay and Lesbian Community Center, Mothers Against Drunk Driving and other organizations, has been active in Democratic Party politics for years, serving as spokeswoman and deputy campaign director in Hal Bidlack's 2008 run for the U.S. House against Rep. Doug Lamborn.
More recently, she worked for Change that Works, an advocacy group aimed at building support for health care reform and other pieces of federal legislation.
Le Lait, at work in the party office Monday, says her goal is ending a tradition in El Paso County of Republicans taking many elected positions for granted.
"Our city is dying," she says, "and all of us better step up to the plate."