The leadership of the Clallam County Republican Party (CCRP) are drawn from those individuals elected by the citizens of Clallam County. The chair, vice chair, state committeeman and state committeewoman are elected by the elected Precinct Committee Officers (PCOs), who in turn have been elected as representatives to the Central Committee by the voters in each precinct. We invite you to get to know us – and to join other active Republicans here in Clallam County, to make a difference at our local, state and national levels of government.
From the Chair
CCRP Chair Matthew Rainwater
Hello, and welcome to the Clallam County Republican Party!
My name is Matthew Rainwater, Chair of the Clallam County Republican Party (CCRP). I would like to take this time to let you know that we are here for one reason: we want to see that our government at all levels reflect the values that we all hold dear.
In this time of political division, where it seems like so many people want to do nothing but keep this great country divided, the CCRP wants you to know, while we will not back down from those beliefs and values which make the USA the best country on God’s green earth, we recognize there are many ways to get there.
We invite you to explore our website. Read our bylaws, our platform from 2016, and our position on issues. But more importantly, take a look at WHO we are. We think you will see we are people a lot like you. We want to do the best we can to make our government work as efficiently as it can, and to do the things which will help people to be the best they can be.
The CCRP meets the 2nd Monday of every month at 6:30pm at our headquarters. We invite you to stop by, say hi, and take a moment to let us know what you think. I think you will like what you hear.
The Clallam County Republican Party Officers are elected at the annual Organization meeting by the elected Precinct Committee Officers. Officers elected for the 2016-2018 term are:
Serving on the Clallam County Republicans Executive Board are:
WSRP Chair Susan Hutchison and
CCRP Chair Matthew Rainwater
Secretary ~ Martha Ireland
Treasurer ~ Kaj Ahlburg
District 1 Board Members – Jim McEntire and Pete Heisel
District 2 Board Members – Brian Feller and Jim Preston
District 3 Board Member – Penny Sanders
Former Chair – Dick Pilling
Webmaster & Communications: Sue Forde
CCRP GOP Newsletter Editor: Sue Forde
Vice Chair Jindy O’Donnell
with National Committeewoman Fredi Simpson
Precinct Committee Officers (PCOs) serving 2016-2018
|Cline||Nola E. Judd||217||1|
|Dry Creek||Evan Bradow||224||3|
|Dungeness East||Jim McEntire||222||1|
|Happy Valley||Sue W Forde||237||1|
|Mount Pleasant||Maggie Roth||251||2|
|Port Angeles 101||101||2|
|Port Angeles 102||Ann Ricks||102||2|
|Port Angeles 103||103||2|
|Port Angeles 104||David Swan||104||2|
|Port Angeles 105||Claudia Cookson||105||2|
|Port Angeles 106||Jim Preston||106||2|
|Port Angeles 107||107||2|
|Port Angeles 108||108||3|
|Port Angeles 109||K. Penney Sanders||109||3|
|Port Angeles 110||Vonda French||110||3|
|Port Angeles 111||111||3|
|Port Angeles 112||Virginia O'Donnell||112||3|
|Port Angeles 113||113||3|
|Prairie North||Joe Hudon||259||1|
|Prairie South||Kathy Saffold||260||1|
|Robin Hill||Martha M Ireland||266||2|
|Sequim 402||Brandon Janisse||402||1|
|Sequim 403||Janette Chrysler||403||1|
|Sunland North||Jon Alan Kirshbaum||270||1|
|Sunland South||Richard Labrecque||271||1|
There are several vacant precinct positions. If you are interested in serving as a PCO, please contact us.
Duties and Responsibilities of Precinct Committee Officers (PCOs)
A Precinct Committee Officer (PCO) is elected by his precinct voters every two years. (Must run for election.) If the precinct does not have an elected PCO, the county Chair can appoint one. The individual must live in the precinct for which he/she is appointed. A PCO represents the Republican voters in his or her precinct at the Central Committee meetings.
Following are the duties of a PCO:
Stay informed on current issues and candidates; review and be able to communicate the party platforms (county, state & national).
Attend Central Committee meetings on a regular basis and actively participate in party events and activities.
Obtain lists of registered voters from the County Auditor’s office or headquarters.
Canvass your precinct and get to know your voting neighbors.
Build a record of eligible voters and party members within your precinct and provide a list of identified Republicans to headquarters.
Develop contact with the voters in your precinct and keep them apprised of current issues; obtain their input and relay that input to the Central Committee.
Encourage voter registration within your precinct.
Distribute party election materials during election campaigns.
Encourage voters to send in their ballots.
Hold precinct caucuses at certain selected times for the purpose of adopting resolutions and selecting delegates to legislative, county and state conventions (even years only).
Serve as a delegate to the County Convention (even years only).
2016 will be the next year for caucuses and the county convention. To learn more about what a PCO does, along with tips for becoming successful in that role, click on Information About PCOs.
The Secretary of State’s Website has links for verifying whether you are registered and for registering online. Go to www.secstate.wa.gov/
Information about PCOs
PCOs, or precinct committee officers, are the building block of the Republican Party. They are the grassroots organizing base for all of our activities.
PCOs are elected officials of the Republican Party; they are the Republican representative for their precinct. A precinct can be as small as a section of a neighborhood or as large as a historical township, but precincts usually contain approximately 500-1,100 registered voters. The term of office is two years, beginning December 1 in the year they were elected, through November 30 two years thereafter. Since the precincts have been reduced in number, that means there will be more voters in each precinct, making volunteers to assist the PCOs in each precinct very important.
PCOs are essential to Party work, because they personally communicate the Republican Party message to people in each neighborhood across the state. It’s “grassroots” work at its best. PCOs also are responsible for electing the leadership of their local Republican County and Legislative District organizations, as well as representatives to the state Republican Party.
Leading their Precinct Caucus every four years is another important role of PCOs. The most recent caucus was held in February 2016. The next one will be four years from now.
If you missed the PCO election but would still like to serve, there are options for you.
If there is no PCO for the precinct where you live, the party chair can appoint you to serve as an “Appointed PCO.” Contact the Chair for an interview. or click here to contact us for more information.
If your precinct already has a PCO and you want to get involved, there are ways that you can help. The Clallam County Chair can appoint you as an “Precinct Captain” for a precinct other than the one in which you reside. You might also want to help the PCO in your own precinct. Contact your PCO and offer to help them canvass the precinct, make phone calls, organize house parties, etc. For a list of the current PCOs who will serve until the new ones are elected, click here.
Some PCOs recruit a volunteer for every few blocks, so that when literature needs to be distributed or phone calls need to be made, the work is divided among many. Our goal is to have every precinct represented be a PCO, so it is essential that we have volunteers step up now to serve as acting and appointed PCOs in precincts that did not elect a PCO in the last election cycle.
To become a PCO, you must be voted into office during the Primary Election in even-numbered election years. The next election of PCOs will be held in August 2016. You must fill out a declaration of candidacy to run for election as a PCO. To fill out a declaration of candidacy, click here:Declaration of Candidacy-PCO