Susan Hutchison Elected as Washington State Republican Party Chair
The Washington State Republican Party’s state committee members and county chairs voted Saturday to elect Susan Hutchison to be their next Chair by a strong majority vote of 59 to 46 on their second ballot, a decision that is being heralded as a step toward a more efficient and dynamic style of leadership. “My experience running for office in 2009, 25 years in media and 10 years working in the non-profit sector gives me the skills and experience needed for this job right now. I am looking forward to helping the voters elect good Republicans to work with good Democrats to do good for the citizens of the state,” Hutchison said.
In the wake of her election, Hutchison received warm congratulations from both grassroots activists, party officials and Republican elected officeholders, a wave of unbridled optimism about the future of Republicans in Washington State.
U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Spokane) offered her comments, saying:
"I'm excited by the election of Susan Hutchison to be State Party Chair. She gives me hope because she is a leader who will unify and present a positive vision for our party moving forward. Susan is a tremendously talented communicator. She will bring dynamic leadership and organization to our efforts to elect freedom loving individuals in Washington State. I am looking forward to working closely with her, to recruit the best possible candidates. She's smart, experienced, talented, and articulate in the conservative cause."
King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn gave his own high praise:
“Susan will rebuild the Republican Party to its full strength just like Jennifer Dunn did when she was chair and we had a Republican Governor and majorities in the State House and Senate."
Hutchison spent 20 years as an award winning news anchor at KIRO-TV in Seattle, and for ten years has been Executive Director of the Charles and Lisa Simonyi Fund for Arts and Sciences. In 2009 she won the primary for King County Executive.
Hutchison’s election fills the vacancy left by recently resigned Kirby Wilbur, a term in office that runs until January 2015. Attached to this release you will find a photograph for publication.