Republican state chair steps down

Party will select new chair at winter party gathering

— The longtime Chairman of the Washington State Republican Party, Susan Hutchison, will step down from her leadership role on Feb. 4.

Election for a new Chairman will take place here at the winter State Committee meeting on Jan. 20. After a two-week transition, the new Chairman will start in February

 “The party is in a robust financial position with a bright future,” Hutchinson said. “I expect that 2018 will result in many exciting wins for the GOP in our state.”

Elected soon after the 2012 elections, Hutchinson took over a party that was demoralized and broke. As a skilled fundraiser, she substantially increased small-dollar and major donor contributions. 

“Unlike the Democrats, we don’t have the public employee unions writing us big checks to keep the lights on, so we depend on the investments of more than 7,000 loyal Republicans throughout the state.”

That money is used to win elections at every level of government, with emphasis on those serving “under the dome” in Olympia. During Susan’s chairmanship, the party flipped 9 seats to the Democrats’ 3 takeaways in Olympia.

As leader of the 125-member State Central Committee, Hutchinson was known for fairness and respect for other’s views.

Hutchison is recognized at the Republican National Committee for her professional management of the state party. 

Hutchinson serves on the RNC Executive Committee, appointed by RNC Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel, who also asked her to be on the Transition Committee in early 2017. 

Hutchinson was elected to the Debate Committee during the 2015-16 Republican Primary season.

“The highlight of that long and unique primary contest was our voters selecting a candidate who would go on to win the Presidency. I never doubt the voters’ wisdom — it’s the core of democracy,” Hutchinson said. 

“President Trump has made good on his promises in 2017 and I look forward to what 2018 will bring.”

Hutchinson is in her 5th year as Chairman, having served twice as long as the average tenure of her 7 predecessors.

“I have loved this job, especially the challenges, Hutchinson said. I hope I will be remembered for being strong and courageous, standing up for Republican voters.”

The new state party chairman will have a big challenge right off the bat. He or she will be charged with finding a way to wrest control of the House or Senate from Democrats at the state capital. They had the Senate until fall elections. 



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