Chandler retains chair position following decision

Dorothy Moon
Philip A. Janquart

Idaho GOP Chair Moon: member resignation results in lack of quorum at April 9 meeting

Kirk Chandler is still the Washington County Republican Central Committee chairman following a decision by Idaho GOP Chairwoman Dorothy Moon.

 During a meeting held April 9, six members of the WCRCC censured Chandler and voted to remove him as the organization’s acting chairman.
 In a statement, members of the WCRCC explained that “Nothing in the WCRCC Bylaws, State Republican Party Rules, or Robert’s Rules of Order give the chairman the authority to cancel a scheduled meeting of the WCRCC and Mr. Chandler wrongfully attempted to cancel the April 9, 2024, and the May 14, 2024 meeting unilaterally, without a vote of the precinct committee persons on the WCRCC.”
 Chandler, who did not attend the April 9 meeting, filed a grievance with the state GOP following that meeting.
 State GOP Chairwoman Dorothy Moon told the Signal American on April 12 that she would be investigating the issue.
 On April 17, she released the following statement:
 “The IDGOP is in receipt of a formal complaint filed April 12, 2024, regarding a meeting that took place in Washington County on April 9, 2024.
 “We are also in receipt of a resignation letter dated April 5, 2024, from Precinct Committeewoman Eileen Winchester, stating her resignation, effective immediately, which was forwarded to the Washington County Central Committee.
 “Based on Ms. Winchester’s resignation notice, she would have been disqualified as a voting member of the WCRCC and therefore, the meeting did not meet the quorum required.
 “Washington County bylaws state that WCRCC meetings are to be held at the call of the chairman, and the IDGOP recognizes Kirk Chandler as the current chairman.”
 In a statement released on April 18, Washington County GOP State Committeewoman, Cathy Kaech, and Washington County GOP State Committeeman, Kevin Kirby, added, in part, that “the [April 9] meeting was not noticed to the whole committee and no agenda was sent out to the whole committee,” and that “the grievance was filed by the precinct persons and executive committee members that were not given notice of the meeting …” Kaech and Kirby both signed the statement.
 Vice Chair for the WCRCC, Ron Robbo\ins, provided a statement on April 19 that appears on page 4 of this issue of the Weiser Signal American.
 Chandler declined to provide the Signal American with a formal statement, but did provide a list of meetings he said are required by Idaho State Republican bylaws, specifically Article VII, Sec. 1, as well as Washington County bylaw Article IV, Sec. 1.
 The next Washington County Republican Central Committee meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on May 29 at the Washington County Extension Office for the purpose of reorganizing the executive committee and electing delegates to attend the GOP summer conference.
 “Those that will vote are the precinct committeemen and women that are elected by their precinct voters in the May primary elections,” Chandler said. 
 “Everyone is invited to the reorganization meetings. That will be the only thing on the agenda for the evening.”
 Legislative District 9 will have its reorganization meeting at 7 p.m. on May 30 at the Payette County Courthouse, in the courtroom, for the purpose of reorganizing the executive committee and elect delegates to attend the summer conference.
 “There will be discussion on the bylaws that were adopted at the last meeting after the reorganization and also discussion on what the LD9 would like to accomplish and what they would like to see done at the district level,” Chandler said. “The meeting is open to the public and everyone is invited to come.”


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