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Hutchison elected chair of Wash. Republican Party

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) – Former KIRO-TV anchor Susan Hutchison has been elected as the new chair of the Washington State Republican Party.

The Seattle Times reports Hutchison defeated the interim GOP chair, Luanne Van Werven, in a run-off vote after Jim Walsh of Aberdeen and another candidate were eliminated at the party’s meeting in Spokane on Saturday.

Hutchison ran unsuccessfully for King County Executive in 2009, downplaying her Republican ties.

On Saturday, she pledged to breathe new life into a state Republican Party that has suffered stinging election defeats.

Hutchison says the party is “nearly broke,” has a “useless” web site and a get-out-the-vote operation that is spotty in some places and ineffective in others.

Outgoing chairman Kirby Wilbur resigned in July.

Grays Harbor Republican Party elects new chair

ABERDEEN, Wash. – The Grays Harbor Republican Party elected Beth DeVaul of Elma as its new Chairwoman at the party’s July 2 Central Committee Meeting. Ms. DeVaul replaces Michael Thompson, who was removed from office on May 7. DeVaul served as the party’s Vice Chair and Acting/Interim Chair until being officially voted into the Chairmanship last week by an overwhelming majority.
In a statement from Ms. DeVaul, “we have a strong team that will be working hard to build on the momentum generated during the last election, will focus on recruiting quality candidates, and growing the party through grassroots efforts.”
Ms. DeVaul is a Precinct Committee Officer and has worked on several local and state campaigns and has been involved with the Republican Party in Oregon andWashington for more than a decade.