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Calcasieu Democrats Open Lake Charles HQ!

Calcasieu DPEC headquarters ribbon cutting.

Calcasieu DPEC headquarters ribbon cutting.

Democrats from across Southwest Louisiana were on hand Tuesday when the Calcasieu Democratic Parish Executive Committee (DPEC) celebrated the grand opening of their new headquarters in Lake Charles.

Calcasieu DPEC Chairwoman Diana Hamilton cut the ribbon officially marking the opening of the office shortly after 5 p.m. Lake Charles NBC affiliate KPLC had a news team on the scene to interview Diana and to record the event. To see the video of the ribbon cutting, click here.

The Calcasieu Democratic Headquarters is located at 1200 N. Martin Luther King Highway (US 171), less than a mile north of I-10, near the Walgreen’s drugstore.

The grand opening was the featured event in Tuesday’s Southwest Louisiana Day of the Democrats, a series of meetings with local supporters with state party leaders. The Lake Charles visit was the sixth of eight Day of the Democrats events that the Louisiana Democratic Party has undertaken across the state.

Discussions during the day touched on the need for the faith-based community and Democrats to unite to defend and expand the health care security of all Louisiana residents; the need for better communications between the party and core constituencies; ways that local and state party organizations can work together on voter education projects.

East Baton Rouge DPEC Chairwoman (and state party Executive Committee member) Dawn Collins, joined LDP Interim Executive Director Stephen Handwerk, LDP Interim Communications Director Mike Stagg, and Organizing for America state director Pat McCollough for the meetings and discussions throughout the day.

The Calcasieu DPEC headquarters is proof of the power inherent in local party committees. If those local party committees are strong, then they provide a solid foundation for the building of a strong state party.

Calcasieu Democrats are strong. Their new headquarters is the physical manifestation of that strength. Click here to see the video introducing the Calcasieu Democrats that brought this office into being.

Congratulations to the Calcasieu Democratic Parish Executive Committee for its leadership and commitment to the continued growth of the Democratic Party in Southwest Louisiana!

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Originally published: Aug 8, 2012