March 22, 2018

By Jacob Vurpillat

“He’s helping keep the wheels turning and, when Dems in Wyoming win in 2018, he will be a big part of why that happens.”

Each month, the National Democratic Training Committee highlights the work of a local party chair who is doing outstanding work in their own community.

We often talk about a 50-state strategy in the Democratic Party — an ideal where we work aggressively in every state, no matter how red, to recolor the entire map.

But look a little closer and you’ll see that each of those 50 states is divided into counties, each with its own Democratic organization.

All in all, there are 3,142 counties, parishes, boroughs, and independent cities — that means more

 than 3,000 local parties across the country. Each month, NDTC will spotlight a county chair from one of those parties, who works hard to build the party and support Democrats up and down the ticket.

We recognize organizing is hard work, and the margin of victory is not the only metric for success. Take Johnson County, Wyoming — population 8,500 — where Donald Trump won in 2016 by 63 points. In neighboring Campbell County, that margin was 80 percent. But anyone who believed that would disempower Johnson County’s Democrats would be wrong, and at the helm is Democratic County Chair Bill McIntyre.

Leading the Fight in Johnson County

Bill McIntyre

“This rural part of the state has a bunch of Republicans in charge, but Bill leads a determined and cheerful group of Wyoming Dems who are constantly reaching out to their neighbors.” The fellow Wyomingite who nominated Bill requested to remain anonymous.

Wyoming has historically leaned significantly towards Republicans. The last Democrat to win a Presidential election in the state was Lyndon B. Johnson — and Truman was the last before him. In 2016, Gallup named Wyoming the “most Republican state.”

“When a Party contracts, as the Wyoming Democrats have in the past couple decades, it is a true accomplishment to keep people showing up and to keep people believing in the future. Bill does that!”

Supporting the Entire Community

In addition to chairing the local party, Bill serves on his county library board and volunteers his time at the local Hoofprints of the Past museum. He drives 45 miles each way from his hometown Kaycee (population 263) to the county seat in Buffalo to chair meetings. He also “hits the county seat of Buffalo a couple times a week on behalf of the Dems.”

Of the 3,142 counties in the country, more than 700 — or nearly 25% — have a population of fewer than 10,000 people. While counties like Johnson might be pretty common, County Chairs like Bill McIntyre definitely are not.

“Bill’s a true leader and inspiration. He’s helping keep the wheels turning and, when Dems in Wyoming win in 2018, we will be a big part of why that happens.”

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Jacob is the Manager of Political Communications for NDTC. Jacob was initially an intern for NDTC in 2016 before moving on to work for both a Chicago Alderman and an Illinois State Representative. After working in Parliament in the Republic of Ireland, Jacob joined NDTC in April of 2018. Jacob is a graduate of DePaul University with a degree in Political Science. Outside of politics, Jacob tries to forget the Chicago Cub's century of losing while enjoying their recent success.