by NW Spotlight
Suzanne Gallagher announced on the Bill Post Radio Show yesterday that’s she’s running for chair of the Oregon Republican Party. Jeff Mapes’ article on her announcement also contains a link to a letter that Suzanne sent out to the members of the GOP state central committee.
Suzanne is the third candidate to announce, joining Art Robinson and John Lee in their campaigns to be elected chair of the Oregon Republican Party at the ORP state central committee meeting in 3 weeks – on Saturday, February 2, in Salem.
In her letter to the GOP state central committee members, Suzanne wrote “I am up to this task. My professional and volunteer job experience includes: corporate executive, entrepreneur, author and publisher (two books), small business owner, community leader, political advocate, PCP, and a legislative candidate. I have started multiple organizations, such as U-Choose Issues Forum in 2009. These varied roles have uniquely equipped me to tackle this job. I am also a recent breast cancer survivor which has prepared me to take on any challenge!”
Suzanne has been active in the Washington County Republican Party going back over 20 years. She has served as Washington County Republican Party Vice-Chair, Delegate and Alternate Delegate to the state central committee and Precinct Committee Person (PCP). She ran for state representative in 2004 and for state senator in 2012. Suzanne has also been active in Republican women’s groups, including the Duniway Forum and the Tigard/King City Republican Women.
Speaking on her plans to grow the party, Suzanne said she plans to “together with county leaders, reach out to the vast majority of Oregonians who agree with our core values to recruit and field a strong PCP team. Changing hearts and minds is our best real hope for future generations. This is a ‘people business’ and it will take new revolutionary strategies to reach citizens and win votes.”
At least one other person is rumored to be considering a run for state chair – John Lim. John ran in the Republican primary for governor in 2010, and has served in both the Oregon House and Senate – including serving as the Oregon State Senate Majority Leader.
The current ORP Chair, Allen Alley, has said he won’t be running for a second term.