I Forgot about this one..... Pennington County GOP elects new chair
A user reminded me about this - I'd lost it in the shuffle over the past couple of days - but the Pennington County GOP elected a new chairman, which kind of threw me a curve ball, but not an unwelcome one. Instead of going with a readily identifiable insider, they went with Kevin Thom, a Pierre transplant:
The Pennington County Republican Central Committee elected six members to serve on their Executive Board for the next two-year term.
Kevin Thom was elected as the new Chairman for the County Republican Party. Thom earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Minot State University and a Master of Public Administration from the University of South Dakota. He spent twenty-eight years in the Law Enforcement field with varying responsibilities including working as Press Secretary to the Attorney General and Special Agent for the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation among other positions. Thom most recently served as DCI’s Director before retiring in July of 2006.
Thom said he plans to focus on non-polarizing issues and grassroots training in preparation for the 2008 election cycle. “Grassroots efforts have been very successful for South Dakota Republicans in the past. It is important for us, as a party, to engage everyone and continue to spread our philosophy of lower taxes, less government, and better education for our children.”
Executive Director, Jewal Breard said, “The Pennington County Republican Party has elected a Chairman with proven leadership abilities. His commitment to our party’s fundamental principles along with his ability to bring new faces and voices to our cause will be refreshing and energizing.”
In addition to Chairman, the County Party also elected Deb Watson as Vice-Chairwoman, Dianne Nelson as State Committeewoman, Mike Verchio as State Committeeman, Sandra Yellow Robe as Secretary, and Jon Mendelson as Treasurer.
The Executive Board is the main policy making body for the Pennington County Republican Party. Party leadership election results are effective immediately, and members will serve through December of 2008.