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ICYMI: WVDP receives “vindication” following adoption of affirmative action plan as challenge to chair unanimously rejected

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ICYMI: WVDP receives “vindication” following adoption of affirmative action plan as challenge to chair unanimously rejected

June 17, 2021

ICYMI: WVDP receives “vindication” following adoption of affirmative action plan as challenge to chair unanimously rejected

The West Virginia Democratic Party is moving forward after new steps to make the party more inclusive was followed up by a unanimous rejection of a challenge to WVDP Chairwoman Belinda Biafore and other party officers. A meeting of the Democratic National Committee’s Credentials Committee voted 16-0 on Tuesday to reject a challenge to the credentials of multiple DNC officials on Tuesday in a “vindication” for the Party, WCHS-TV reported. The decision followed the adoption earlier this month of a draft affirmative action plan by the WVDP, representing a “huge step forward” for West Virginia Democrats.

WCHS-TV: Efforts to oust W.Va. Democratic Party chairwoman rejected

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WCHS) — A panel from the Democratic National Committee has unanimously rejected efforts by a handful of West Virginia Democratic Party members to remove the state party’s chairwoman from office.

“Since I took over as chair of the West Virginia Democratic Party, I made it very clear I want this party better and more representative of all West Virginians,” West Virginia state Democratic Party Chairwoman Belinda Biafore said in a Zoom meeting with a DNC credential committee.

That argument helped Biafore win a 16-0 vindication from the DNC’S credential committee over a challenge to her 2020 election that would have stripped her and three other party officials of their DNC credentials.

Biafore told the credential committee she is committed to moving her state party forward.

“We’ve also added new diversity committees – an affirmative action committee that West Virginia Democrats from traditionally under-represented groups to nominate additional diverse members of the state executive committee,” Biafore said. “These members will take the lead in updating and implementing the affirmative action plan that’s been approved.”

A state party spokesperson said the draft affirmative action plan represents “a giant step forward” and that Biafore wants to work with the full affirmative action committee before making any improvements to it.

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