By Ralph Schwartz
When Luanne Van Werven stepped down from the chair of the Whatcom County Republican Party, she wasn’t stepping into the background of the party organization. She was elected in December as Whatcom’s state committeewoman. (Charlie Crabtree is now chairman.)
In her new role, Van Werven was elected on Saturday, Jan. 19 to be the vice chairwoman of the Washington State Republican Party. Kirby Wilbur, former Seattle conservative radio talk-show host, was re-elected to a second two-year term as party chairman.
Here’s the statement released today by the state Republicans:
WSRP Chairman Wilbur’s Statement on His Re-Election
Bellevue, WA – Washington State Republican Party Chairman Kirby Wilbur released the following statement regarding his re-election as Chairman and the election of Luanne Van Werven as Vice-Chair on Saturday, January 19:
“I am honored to have been re-elected by the WSRP’s state committee to lead the party for another two years. Working with our new Vice Chairman [sic], Luanne Van Werven, and the leadership of the state’s 39 counties, we will continue to build the road to a better state and nation.”
Added Van Werven:
“As the newly elected Vice Chair of the Washington State Republican Party I am proud to serve under the leadership of Kirby Wilbur and excited to work alongside county leaders in the all important work of electing Republicans. As we’ve always said, Republicans have the right ideas and solutions and I’m ready to go to work.”
Wilbur was mentioned recently in a Seattle Times politics blog asking Republicans to express support for Rodney Tom, the Democrat who switched sides to help create a new mostly Republican majority coalition in the state Senate.