Sally Boynton Brown

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Sally Boynton Brown
Sally Boynton Brown - 2017 DNC chair candidate.jpg
President of the Florida Democratic Party
In office
April 26, 2017 – November 20, 2017
Preceded byScott Arceneaux
Personal details
Sally Ann Wilson

1975/1976 (age 42–43)[1]
Middleton, Idaho, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Burr Boynton
EducationBoise State University (BA)
WebsiteOfficial website

Sally Boynton Brown (née Sally Ann Wilson) was the Executive Director of the Idaho Democratic Party from 2012-2017. She was also a candidate for the Democratic National Committee chairmanship election, 2017.

Early life and education[edit]

Brown was born into a working-class family and grew up in Idaho.[2] She attended Boise State University and received her B.A. in Communications in 2005.[3]

Idaho Democratic Party[edit]

Brown first started working for the Idaho Democratic Party in early 2011[4] as their field director and went on to become the communications director in November 2011. She assumed the executive director position in March 2012.[3]

Her previous political experience in Idaho includes working on Representative Sue Chew’s legislative campaign in 2006 and she worked as campaign manager for Representative Phylis King’s re-election campaign in 2008.[5] She went on to work for Keith Allred's gubernatorial campaign as Director of Operations in 2010.[6]

In 2013, Brown expanded her work nationwide by starting the Lead discussion group. The purpose of this discussion group was to increase participation of women leaders within the Democratic Party.[7]

Brown over saw the largest Democrat caucus in the nation in Ada County in 2016.[8]

Brown was the president of the Association of State Democratic Party Executive Directors.[9]

Brown announced on April 21, 2017 that she is stepping down from being the Idaho Democratic Party Executive Director.[10] Replacing her will be IDDP's former communications director, Dean Ferguson, pending a search for a full-time replacement.[11]

Candidacy for Chair of the Democratic National Committee[edit]

She announced her candidacy for the chair of the Democratic National Committee on December 16, 2016.[12] Her candidacy was considered a long shot inasmuch as Rep. Keith Ellison, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and former Labor Secretary Tom Perez each had some degree of national recognition;[13] ultimately she achieved third place (upon Buttigieg's resignation) before dropping out herself, having won only twelve votes in the first round.[14]


On January 23, 2017, Brown became the subject of controversy when during the Democratic National Committee Chair Candidates Forum in Washington, D.C. she said in regard to the Black Lives Matter movement that Democrats need to offer "training" that teaches Us White People "how to be sensitive and how to shut their mouths if they are white."[15] Brown went on to say that "It makes me sad that we're even having that conversation and that tells me that white leaders in our party have failed," she said. "I'm a white woman, I don't get it... My job is to listen and be a voice and shut other white people down when they want to interrupt." Adding, "This is life and death" she continued. "I am a human being trying to do good work and I can't do it without y'all. So please, please, please, get ahold of me... I need schooling so I can go school the other white people."[15]

Brown later stated that "I think that this is the issue we see with fake news. These media outlets take something completely out of context and sensationalize it, and now people across the country are sending me hate mail and thinking I'm saying something that's not true." She had remarked that her job was to "shut other white people down when they want to say, oh, no, I'm not prejudiced; I'm a Democrat" given what she sees as racism in her party.[16]

Florida Democratic Party[edit]

It was announced on April 26, 2017 that the Florida Democratic Party had hired Brown as its President (Executive Director).[17] She succeeds Scott Arceneaux, the top party administrator for the last seven years.[18] She resigned in November after she was accused of enabling sexual harassment from former Chair Stephen Bittel.[19]


  1. ^ An Idaho woman rides out of the West, bent on saving Democrats and democracy
  2. ^ Potter, Hing (2016-12-20). "Sally Boynton Brown – The Not So Typical Candidate Running for the DNC Chair". 13th Street. Retrieved 2017-01-06.
  3. ^ a b "Sally Boynton Brown - Idaho Democratic Party". Idaho Democratic Party. Retrieved 2017-01-06.
  4. ^ "Sally Boynton Brown Named IDP Executive Director - Idaho Democratic Party". Idaho Democratic Party. 2012-07-26. Retrieved 2017-04-21.
  5. ^ "Idaho Democratic executive wants to chair national Democratic Party". idahostatesman. Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  6. ^ ""The Megaphone for the People": Sally Boynton Brown's Plan for a New DNC". uchicagogate. Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  7. ^ "DNC Chair Candidate Profile: Sally Boynton Brown". togetherwewill. Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  8. ^ "Idaho Democrats pick Sanders by wide margin". idahostatesman. Retrieved 2017-04-10.
  9. ^ "Leadership | ASDC". Retrieved 2017-04-23.
  10. ^ "Executive Director Sally Boynton Brown Steps Down | Idaho Democratic Party". Idaho Democratic Party. 2017-04-21. Retrieved 2017-04-23.
  11. ^ "Sally Boynton Brown". Retrieved 2017-04-21.
  12. ^ "Sally Boynton Brown".
  13. ^ "Idaho official to run for DNC chair". POLITICO. Retrieved 2017-04-21.
  14. ^ Bradner, Eric (2017-02-25). "Perez wins DNC chairmanship". CNN.
  15. ^ a b Barkoukis, Leah (January 24, 2017). "DNC Chair Candidates Lambaste White People During Forum". Townhall.
  16. ^ Dentzer, Bill (2017-01-25). "Idaho Democratic leader takes heat for Black Lives Matter comments". Idaho Statesman.
  17. ^ "Florida Democratic Party Concludes National Search, Hires Sally Boynton Brown as New President". Florida Democratic Party. Retrieved 2017-04-26.
  18. ^ "Meet the new administrator of the Florida Democratic Party | Naked Politics". Retrieved 2017-04-27.
  19. ^ "FDP President Sally Boynton Brown Resigns Amidst Sexual Harassment Controversy". Sunshine State News. Retrieved 2017-11-26.

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