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Local Party Leaders Discuss Plans

KENNEWICK, Wash.- Local party leaders are gearing up for the new year.

Benton County Republicans and Democrats both elected new leadership for the year.

Democrats now have control of Congress, meaning the new leadership comes at a time of change for American politics.

Benton County Republicans are now headed up by Kennewick Attorney Patrick McBurney.

On the opposing side, former Vice Chairman Bob Parazin heads up Benton County Democrats.

The new leaders enter in a time of transition, and even though change is common, their positions aren't.

"We're in a process of reorganization.  2006 was not particularly good to the Republican Party, but here in Benton County, I'm proud to say that we reelected all of our Republican office holders," McBurney said.

"Though they've done well nationally and in the state, we've got a Democratic senior Senator, a junior Senator, here in Benton County though, the complexion is a little different," Parazin said. 

Democrats say it is tough in this area, but they are getting more people out to vote, and their main goal this year is to get more candidates on the ballot than they have had in the past.