Asotin County  


For his entire life, Joe Pakootas has been committed to community building, economic growth, and environmental protection. From raising four children to serving as the CEO of a multimillion dollar corporation, Joe’s background gives him the kind of real-world experience that we need in Congress. 

Eastern Washington roots

Joe Pakootas grew up on the Colville Indian Reservation, was raised in Inchelium and has lived in Eastern Washington all his life. As a young child Joe and his siblings were taken away from their parents and placed in foster care, where he committed to building a different life for himself.

Humble beginnings
After graduating from high school, Joe took a job with the laborers union to support his family. Eventually, he was elected, and served 16 years as a Council member of his Tribe, five of those years as Chair.

Giving back
Joe and his wife, Cheryl, have long been focused on creating safe spaces for children who need help and protection. Additionally, they both have dedicated their free time to mentoring and coaching children in their community.

Business experience
After receiving his MBA from the University of Washington School of Business, Joe turned to the uphill battle that hit close to home. Prior to his tenure as CEO, the Colville Confederated Tribes were suffering financial losses, with more than a dozen of their businesses at risk of failure. Joe was appointed CEO, where he focused on developing sustainable business enterprises and turning around 13 failing businesses to usher in a $10 million economic turnaround for his tribe. As a result of his hard work, his alma mater awarded him the Bradford Award, an award given annually to the top minority businessman in Washington.

Environmentally conscious
While CEO of the Colville Confederated Tribes, Joe implemented sustainable forest management practices, which was a first for any Native American tribe in the country, now considered standard practice in forestry. Additionally, in 2006, Joe filed a lawsuit against Teck Cominco, a Canadian mining company that had been polluting the Columbia River and Lake Roosevelt for more than a century. The lawsuit was successful, and a federal judge forced Teck Cominco to clean up Lake Roosevelt and the Columbia watershed.

​UPCOMING ACTIVITIES from the minutes

a.    Riverfest.  This is scheduled for Saturday, October 1 from 10a to 6p.  We will need volunteers.  We will be promoting candidates Joe Pakootas, Jeff Sprung, Mary Verner, and more.  We will be hosting a dinner for Joe afterwards.  Everyone’s invited!

b.    Meet the Candidates Forum hosted by the League of Women Voters is tentatively scheduled on September 24th.  However, this is in conflict with the Washington State Democratic Council Meeting in Yakima, so this may change.

c.     Lentil Festival.  This is coming up on August 20 in Pullman.

d.    Joe Pakootas Town Hall.   Don Schwerin announced that this will be in Walla Walla July 21, 7 pm.  He also invited us all to attend their Tuesday night meetings in Walla Walla.

​​e.   Live Interview with Joe Pakootas at the Walla Walla Town Hall

Donations are key to our mission. in order to have  smooth running processes (meetings, caucuses, etc.) your help goes a long way to make every event a great one! donations are regularly collected at monthly meetings, if you wish you can send a check made out to the Asotin County Central Democratic Committee care of:

Asotin County Democrats
P.O. Box 337
Asotin, Washington 99402

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Asotin Dems gather for dinner with Joe Pakootas and staff after 2014 Candidate Forum at Clarkston City Hall.


The mission of the Asotin County Democratic Central Committee is to actively promote Democratic principles through building community coalitions, keep the community updated on current affairs, as well as educate and empower voters in recruiting, supporting, and electing effective and ethical candidates. If you are interested in being involved with our board or becoming a volunteer we are always looking for more hands contact our secretary treasurer Ren for information


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April OF 2016.  I Thank you all for visiting.

      This is an appropriate place on which to announce my retirement as Chair.  Thanks to all of you who have worked with me trying to bring about an all encompassing Party in Asotin County.  The next step is to sign up to run for PCO office to be able to really make a change for the next coming election in 2020.  Please contact me if you want help in this. (

2016 Committee leaders

Nick Fiore (current)


State Committee Woman 

Pat Bates

State Committee Man

Tom Van Horn




Rensley C Gron




​If there are concerns over the most recent convention in Asotin county, please refer to the Washington State Delegate Selection Plan 2016  Official rules for delegate selection in Washington State.  It includes what's necessary for the Convention and steps we took to be prepared for it.  Link

Then read the details for what we had planned and carried through:

From Greg Hafner,  Preparing for a Successful ... County Convention. Link

Want to be involved? Become a Executive Member!!

​Our board has worked diligently for our committee and has done a fantastic job to provide us with the information and opportunity to stay involved. We owe a big thanks to Rose and Nick for all their effort over the years and chair and vice-chair. While they will continue to volunteer their time with us, both are stepping down from the board. This gives anyone who would like to be a lot more involved, help us further grow and work for the community, a chance to take lead and bring our group to make a bigger and better difference. We will have more information at our future meetings on the process to electing our new members. If you are interested contact Ren to volunteer.


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