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By Adrian Bradford

A change for the better


December brings both holidays and a new Klickitat County Republican Party (KCRP) and reasons to celebrate. I have believed for some years that the KCRP, while devoted to conservative policies, as a political party had too much of a private club image and therefore locally was not inclusive enough to be appealing to more and younger members. I don’t believe it was intentional, but that’s how it was perceived.

Then a small group within the party took leadership more to the extreme right, with Tea Party-like slogans. That had a very brief appeal but chased away many of the long-time supporters. I for one decided to devote my efforts more to state-level candidates and issues.

But a new energy arose in 2016, an energy devoted to making the party more inclusive and more focused on the needs of a wider county public. New PCOs were attracted and elected, and in December new leadership was voted into office. A new set of bylaws was to these larger groups of PCOs and adopted, designed to make the party attentive to a broader public. A new central committee was then elected that included Peter Leon as chairman. Mr. Leon has become very active in county issues in general and in the KCPR over the past five years, and I believe he will bring dynamic energy to the KCRP and an increased active membership, along with respect, even from independents. I feel more willing to devote personal time to the local organization. Klickitat County is a fabulous place with a great future, and we each, regardless of personal preference, need to help it grow to its potential.


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