|Washington State Republican Party News Release:
Kirby Wilbur Elected WSRP Chairman
Bellevue – The Washington State Republican Party elected Kirby Wilbur to be its new State Chairman. Members of the Party’s State Committee and its County Chairmen overwhelmingly elected Wilbur to a two-year term that continues through the 2012 elections. Chairman Wilbur issued the following statement:
“I am honored and grateful to have been selected by the local leadership of the Washington State Republican Party to be the Party’s Chairman for the next two years. There is much to do and I am eager to get started.
I am greatly appreciative of the years of service Luke Esser gave to the Republican Party. This should not be seen as a personal repudiation of Luke, but simply a change of direction to further build on his accomplishments of the past four years. Luke is my friend, has been my friend, and will continue to be my friend.
I have been active in this Party at nearly every level for my entire adult life. I have served as a PCO, district leader, Young Republican chairman, county and state convention chair and as a delegate to numerous state and national GOP conventions. In fact, I first met my wife at a Youth for Reagan event so I am the first person to recommend the value of political activism!
This is a great Party and it is my goal to move us forward toward 2012, united in purpose and working to make the electoral and policy changes that we so desperately need at the state and national levels. I began this campaign talking to folks about the need to improve our message and mechanics and that is where I plan to start. The last election clearly showed us that Washington voters share our outlook on taxes, economic growth and fiscal responsibility. I look forward to working closely with both our great elected officials and our talented grassroots activists to make ours a majority party and put this state on the road to recovery.”
Kirby Wilbur, 57, was a longtime host on KVI radio in Seattle. Most recently he served as Washington State Chairman of Americans for Prosperity, a grassroots voter-education committee. He has appeared on Fox News, CSPAN, Fox Business Channel and network news, and has received numerous awards from family, law enforcement, charitable and political organizations, including The Fund for American Studies, Young America’s Foundation and Families Northwest. He and his wife, Trina, have two adult sons and live in Duvall.