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State Republican leaders pull plug on 2014 party convention

May 21, 2013
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The Washington State Republican Party has decided not to hold a regular convention in 2014, opting instead for a less expensive party meeting format.

The Washington State Republican Party has decided not to hold a regular convention in 2014, opting instead to employ a less expensive party meeting format.

By KELSEY WILSON
Freedom Foundation Intern

Washington State Republican Party leaders, citing cost and redundancy, have decided to cancel their state convention for 2014 and instead hold a statewide conference.

“It’s extremely expensive, there is no national race and no presidential election,” said Party Chair Kirby Wilbur. “It would be much better spending our time with campaign management and be available to anyone not just those elected to the caucus.

Kirby Wilbur

Kirby Wilbur

“A process that’s open to everyone who’s registered is a great idea,” he said. “The convention is not open to anyone. Everyone is going to be there. If it doesn’t work, we’ll change back in the year 2018.”

Wilbur said he doesn’t know how the grassroots will feel about this choice but, during a meeting of party officials in Whatcom County, a vote of 55-38 was on board with the idea.

“Most counties are relieved,” he said.

The platform is usually debated every two years. However, for 2014, Wilbur said the GOP will stick with the 2012 document.

“It’s actually not a bad platform,” he said, noting there’s no reason the party needs to change its priorities every year. “Once every four years, we don’t think this is an issue.”

 

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