Jefferson County Lincoln Day Luncheon
Saturday April 12
Port Townsend Elks Club
11am Open and Silent Auction
NOON: Introductions and Lunch
Susan Hutchison Featured Speaker at Lincoln Day Luncheon
Susan Hutchison, Washington State Republican Party
Susan Hutchison, leader of the Washington State Republican Party, will be the Featured Speaker at our Saturday, April 12 Lincoln Day Luncheon at Elks Club in Port Townsend.
For those of us here in the Northwest between 1980 and 2000, we remember Susan as the TV evening anchor of KIRO-TV. Plan to attend the April 12 Lincoln Day Luncheon to meet Susan in person. Plan to attend and invite your friends.
Elected Chair of the Washington State Republican Party in August 2013, Susan Hutchison brings to the office a wide range of skills and experience. She is best known in Western Washington as a distinguished TV news anchor, serving the Puget Sound region as a trusted broadcaster and community leader for more than three decades. For much of her career at KIRO-TV (CBS), she anchored the highest rated newscasts in Seattle, receiving numerous awards, including five Emmys for producing, writing, and reporting news and documentaries.
In 2009, Susan ran for King County Executive and won the primary in a crowded field. While the union-funded candidate prevailed, Susan is credited with inspiring positive change by articulating responsible and responsive government throughout her campaign.
For the past ten years, Susan has been Executive Director of the Charles and Lisa Simonyi Fund for Arts and Sciences, where she led the philanthropic foundation in granting $100 million to arts organizations, science programs, and educational institutions.
Susan has been a devoted volunteer with numerous and diverse non-profit organizations. President George W. Bush appointed her to the board of the Wilson Center in Washington D.C. She is also currently serving as Chair of Young Life and is a member of the board of Seattle Art Museum. In the past, she has served on the boards of Children’s Hospital, Salvation Army, Seattle Symphony as Chair, CRISTA/World Concern as Chair, and Discovery Institute.
At the request of the King County Executive, Susan served on the 10-member King County Independent Task Force on Elections which provided recommendations to the county and state to improve the fairness and accuracy of elections following the disputed 2004 governor’s election.
Susan has worked to improve the Seattle public schools and conceived and spearheaded an effective campaign to raise private money for public education. She is on the Chancellor’s Advisory Council for Seattle Community Colleges and has served on the Governor’s A+Commission, was an advisor for South Seattle Community College, served on the UW’s NCAA Committee for Compliance, and volunteered at her sons’ schools.
As the daughter of an Air Force Lt. General, and wife of a U.S. Marine Corps Colonel activated for the Iraq war, Susan’s patriotism runs deep. During the 2003 Iraq War, she worked with the Red Cross and the Marine Corps to help military families. She set up a scholarship in her husband’s name at the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation and personally raised $75k to fund it. Over the years, she has been a frequent keynote speaker for Veterans Day events.
Susan started her journalism career in 1978 as a sportscaster for KITV (ABC) in Honolulu. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from the University of Florida where she wrote a daily sports column for the college newspaper.
Susan has been married 37 years to her high school sweetheart, Andy, an executive at Boeing and they reside in Seattle. They have two grown sons. The family is active at Seattle’s University Presbyterian Church. She enjoys sculling on Lake Washington, hiking, and skiing. She is an art enthusiast and painter.
Interview of Gene Farr By Allison Arthur of the Leader | Printed in Jefferson Co Port Townsend Leader 1/22/14
Gene Farr spent half a century as an engineer designing flight controls and then as a project manager working on U.S. Air Force space programs. He was responsible for defining the operational global positioning system (GPS).
Today, Farr is trying to navigate the more earthly blue waters of Jefferson County politics as the leader of the Jefferson County Republican Party.
Farr waded deep into Jefferson County political waters this year, leading the GOP in support of Proposition 1, to create a charter form of government; he was also a freeholder candidate. Prop. 1, opposed by the local Democratic party, was rejected by 71 percent of voters.
Farr seems undaunted by what others see as a super no vote. [Read rest of interview in The Leader]
Jefferson County Republican Party's Supports Proposition 1
The Jefferson County Republican Party voted to support Proposition 1 for Home Rule Charter government in Jefferson County in the November election. The Jefferson County Republican Central Committee passed the resolution to support the initiative at its meeting on September 10, 2013 at the Tri-Area Community Center.
The resolution reads as follows: "The Jefferson County Republican Party, after holding two forums and conducting numerous discussions on the subject, finds that a Home Rule Charter for Jefferson County offers a unique opportunity for improving individuals' rights and the individuals' influence of county government without noticeably increasing costs.
Jefferson County Republicans declare their support of Proposition 1 that enables a Board of Freeholders to be elected for the purpose of drafting a Home Rule Charter for Jefferson County voters' consideration."
For more information on the Jefferson County Republican Party contact Gene Farr, chairman, at 360-343-4041 or visit the party's website at www.JeffGOP.com
Forum on Jefferson County Parks on Thur July 25
The Jefferson County Republican Party is sponsoring a Forum on Jefferson County Parks to be held on Thursday, July 25, at 7:00 pm in the Tri-Area Community Center in Chimacum.
Speakers from Save Our Community Parks will address the issues surrounding the city’s and the county’s efforts to establish a Metropolitan Parks District which will raise taxes to fund city and county parks. Proponents of the Metropolitan Parks District proposal have also been invited to present their position,
Speakers from Port Ludlow and Kala Point will discuss efforts in those two communities to establish their own park districts.
For more information on Jefferson County park issues visit SaveOurCommunityParks.com/.
Kirby Wilbur, chairman, Washington State Republican Party (WSRP)
National Committee Woman and National Committee Man
Fredi Simpson Jeff Kent
Luanne Van Werven, vice chairwoman,
Washington State Republican Party (WSRP)
Dani Bolyard, past chairwoman,
Grant County Republican Party
Gene Farr, chairman, Jefferson County Republican Central Committee (JCRCC)
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Jefferson County Republican Central Committee
For Immediate Release: April 1, 2013
Media Contact: Dan Youra, secretary, (360) 379-8800
TITLE: Jefferson County Republican Lincoln Day Lunch
Jefferson County Republicans will meet for their annual Lincoln Day Lunch on Saturday, April 20, at the Port Townsend Elks Club at 555 Otto Street.
The event will begin at 11am with a social hour and silent auction. At noon the pledge of allegiance and invocation will precede the lunch and speakers.
Master of ceremonies for the event will be Kirby Wilbur, chairman of the Washington State Republican Party. Scheduled guests and speakers from state and local organizations will be Luanne Van Werven, vice chairwoman of the Washington State Republican Party, Dani Bolyard, past chairwoman of the Grant County Republicans and Chris Tibbs, chairman of the Kitsap County Republicans. Representatives to the Republican National Committee, Fredi Simpson, state committeewoman and Jeff Kent, state committeeman will attend and report on national politics.
Lunch will be wild salmon or grilled sesame chicken. Cost for the luncheon is $40 per person and $75 for a couple. Attendees are asked to pre-pay or make reservations by email at email@example.com or by phone at (360) 343-4041.
For additional information on the Jefferson County Republican Lincoln Day lunch contact Gene Farr, chairman of the Jefferson County Republican Central Committee, at 360-343-4041 and visit the party’s website at www.JeffGOP.com.
WSRP Chairman Wilbur's Statement on State House Budget Proposal
Bellevue, WA – WSRP Chairman Kirby Wilbur released the following statement regarding the House Democrats' budget proposal announced today:
“There are no surprises in the proposed budget the Democrats in the state House announced today. $1.3 Billion in new taxes, despite a nearly 7% increase in revenue in the next biennium, imposing a bottled water tax that was overwhelmingly rejected by the voters in 2010, extending 'temporary' taxes and exhausting our rainy day fund, all show the Democrats' addiction to taxes, to other people's money and their inability to make hard decisions.
“The Governor has talked of doing hard things. Raising taxes is the easy thing to do. The hard thing to do is to say no to tax increases. It is also the right thing to do.
“If the Democrats would take a more business friendly approach, if we put people back to work, there would be a natural increase to state revenue, with more coming in and less going out. The headlines in today's paper citing the nervousness in Olympia about Boeing investing more money in South Carolina should wake up the Democratic leadership about the need for pro-business, pro-job reforms and policies. More taxpayers, not more taxes.
“Perhaps they should take the twelve-step program at Taxers Anonymous. Their addiction is harmful, mostly to taxpayers and the business community, and needs to be dealt with.”
The Washington State Republican Party released an ad today that highlights Governor Inslee's broken promises and the proposed tax increases coming from Democrats in the state Legislature.
The Commissioners are coming!!! The Commissioners are coming!!!
First meeting is on April 4th at Tri-Area Community Center. Mark your calendar.
Schedule of commissioners visits.
County Commissioners invite residents of Jefferson County to give feedback/ideas/concerns to commissioners. This is your community's chance to tell the Commissioners what you think. Don't miss this opportunity. Be there to let the commissioners in on what's on your mind.
Schedule of commissioners visits.
Larry, Gene and Sunday at WSRP meeting in Olympia Jan 19-20, 2013
REPORTS FROM SUNDAY PACE AND GENE FARR
FROM: Sunday Pace, State Committeewoman
Hello Friends, Gene, Larry and I experienced the privilege of representing our county at the state central committee this weekend.Noteworthy news I can pass on was that the party voted to retain Kirby Wilbur as Chairman and Louanne Van Werven was elected vice-chairman.A resolution to the bylaws was passed that dispersed representation on the Statewide Eboard equally by regions instead of by total county population.Our Congressional District #6 elected representatives Dinah Griffey and Chris Tibbs to the State Board.Thank you again for giving us the opportunity to serve you.
FROM: Gene Farr, Chairman, Jefferson County Republican Central Committee
"In previous years the WSRP Executive Board consisted of the elected officials plus two WSRP Central Committee members from each US Congressional District. Since County boundaries didn't match Congressional District boundaries, there was a complex description of how State Committee people from the various counties were selected to be the representative from each district. Also, the allocation of representation deviated from the approximately equal population distribution of the Congressional Districts.
With the addition of one more Congressional District to our state (due to the 2010 census showing our state gained a higher percentage of people then the US average), the allocations had to change. In trying to rework the allocations, it was noted that the current allocations gave large counties (King, Snohomish, Pierce and Thurston) more then their expected share of representation based on population. The overage was even more pronounced if one considered Republican voters rather then the overall population.
After much discussion and various counter proposals (The discussions started just after the districts were redrawn early last year and were a major part of this Organizational Meeting.), the smaller rural counties Committee members were able to sell an approach where County Committee people were grouped in 8 Regions (Rather than 10 Congressional Districts) with 23 representative positions allocated to these regions. The representation allocations now approximate the proportion of Republican voters in those regions. Jefferson County is now in Region 4 along with Clallam, Grays Harbor, Kitsap and Mason Counties.
We will now be working with the these other Region 4 counties to identify and promote candidates for State Legislative District 24 and US Congressional District 6."
Executive Board Meeting
Wednesday, Jan 30 at 6:30 at Tri-area Community Center (Library Room)
Wednesday, Feb 6 at 6:30 at Tri-area Community Center (Library Room)
We have scheduled both an Exec Board meeting and a full JCRCC PCO meeting. All officers should attend the Executive Board meeting and all PCOs should attend the JCRCC meeting. Other PCOs and members of the Jefferson County Republican Party are welcome to observe ( and comment if called upon ) at these meetings. The major topics at these meeting will be plans for the JCRCC. Agendas to be provided shortly.