FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Benton County Republican Party Seeks Applicants for Consideration as Benton County Sheriff Nominee
February 10, 2017, Benton County, WA. -- On February 9, 2017, Sheriff Steve Keene announced his retirement as Benton County Sheriff, effective on April 1, 2017. Under Washington State Constitution, Article II, Section 15, Mr. Keene’s retirement has triggered a multi-step process whereby the Benton County Republican Party (BCRP) is directed to select three (3) nominees to be considered by the Benton County Board of Commissioners for appointment to serve as Sheriff for the balance of Mr. Keene’s term of office.
Vacancy of Office Triggers Constitutionally-Mandated Process – County Party Swiftly Taking Action
Accordingly, the chairman of the BCRP has called for its five-member Nominating Committee to solicit well-qualified nominees for the position of County Sheriff. “There is significant responsibility placed upon a county political party by the Washington State Constitution. We’re taking this job very seriously and will do our best to provide three highly-qualified nominees to our County Commissioners for their consideration,” said Bill Berkman, Chairman of the BCRP. Mr. Berkman added, “We’re making this selection on behalf of all the citizens of Benton County, not just Republicans.”
Jerry Martin, the BCRP Nominating Committee Chairman noted, “The nominating committee has an excellent plan in-place and while we await letters of interest, we’re engaging various county officials for their insights on additional objective and subjective criteria that we can apply to our consideration of nominees.”
Applicant Process Applicants should be a registered voter who prefers the Republican Party, and must reside in Benton County.
Applicants must be a graduate of the Basic Law Enforcement Academy (or complete the program within 12 months of appointment), in accordance with the Revised Code of Washington, RCW 36.28.025.
For those who wish to be considered for this position, send or hand-deliver a letter stating their interest and qualifications to:
BCRP Nominating Committee 3101 W. Canyon Lakes Drive Kennewick, WA 99337
Letters of interest must be received by Friday, March 3, 2017. Letters and resumes will be reviewed by the Nominating Committee and vetting interviews will be scheduled during the month of March. Vetted nominees will be presented to the full body of the Benton County Republican Party’s Central Committee at their meeting on April 6, 2017. The Central Committee will then vote for three (3) nominees to be presented to the Benton County Commissioners for their selection of the new County Sheriff.
A partial list of the County Sheriff’s responsibilities includes the following:
The County Sheriff is responsible for safeguarding life and property, preserving the peace, preventing and detecting crime, enforcing the law, and protecting the rights of all county citizens.
The County Sheriff is responsible for protecting public safety of all 173,000 citizens over all 1722 square miles of Benton County, including the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
The County Sheriff manages a staff of 217 full-time employees charged with law enforcement in Benton County, including operation and management of the Benton County Jail.
Questions regarding this process should be directed to Jerry Martin, Nominating Committee Chairman at 509-586-3349 or firstname.lastname@example.org. # # #
SHERIFF REQUIREMENTS RCW 36.28.025 Qualifications. A person who files a declaration of candidacy for the office of sheriff after September 1, 1979, shall have, within twelve months of assuming office, a certificate of completion of a basic law enforcement training program which complies with standards adopted by the criminal justice training commission pursuant to RCW 43.101.080 and * 43.101.160. This requirement does not apply to persons holding the office of sheriff in any county on September 1, 1979. [ 1979 ex.s. c 153 § 6.] NOTES: *Reviser's note: RCW 43.101.160 was repealed by 1983 c 197 § 55, effective June 30, 1987. RCW 43.101.080 Commission powers and duties—Rules and regulations. The commission shall have all of the following powers: (19) To require county, city, or state law enforcement agencies that make a conditional offer of employment to an applicant as a fully commissioned peace officer or a reserve officer to administer a background investigation including a check of criminal history, a psychological examination, and a polygraph test or similar assessment to each applicant, the results of which shall be used by the employer to determine the applicant's suitability for employment as a fully commissioned peace officer or a reserve officer. The background investigation, psychological examination, and the polygraph examination shall be administered in accordance with the requirements of RCW 43.101.095(2). The employing county, city, or state law enforcement agency may require that each peace officer or reserve officer who is required to take a psychological examination and a polygraph or similar test pay a portion of the testing fee based on the actual cost of the test or four hundred dollars, whichever is less. County, city, and state law enforcement agencies may establish a payment plan if they determine that the peace officer or reserve officer does not readily have the means to pay for his or her portion of the testing fee.
Rescheduled Executive Committee meeting will be held Thursday, Jan 19, @ 6 p.m. Dade Moeller Conference Room, 1835 Terminal Drive, Richland (near Columbia Basin Racquet Club).
Call for Nominees for County Treasurer Appointment
December 7, 2016
Dear Fellow Republicans:
On November 8, 2016, Duane Davidson was elected State Treasurer and the election results were certified on November 29. On December 6, 2016, Mr. Davidson submitted his resignation as County Treasurer, effective on January 11, 2017. When a vacancy occurs in a Benton County partisan elective office, the vacancy shall be filled in accordance with the Washington State Constitution, Article II, Section 15.
Since Duane Davidson was an elected Republican, the Chairman of the Benton County Republican Party has called for its Nominating Committee to solicit nominees for this open position of Benton County Treasurer. Nominees should be a registered voter who prefers the Republican Party, and resides in Benton County. The County Treasurer’s obligations include the following:
The County Treasurer department is responsible for collection of taxes and revenues and serves as a “bank” for the county, school districts, fire districts, water districts, and other entities of local governments.
The County Treasurer department manages county investments in excess of $300,000,000.
The County Treasurer manages a staff of 15 people.
This letter is a call to all fellow Benton County Republicans who would like to be considered for this position. For those who wish to be considered for this position, send a postage-paid, stamped letter stating your interest and your qualifications to: BCRP Nominating Committee 3101 W. Canyon Lakes Drive Kennewick, WA 99337
Your letter must be received by 5:00 pm, Friday, January 6, 2017. No letters will be opened until the Nominating Committee meets on January 7, 2017, at which time the list of nominees will be assembled and vetting interviews will be planned. Each nominee will be scheduled for an interview during the month of January. Vetted nominees will be presented to the Benton County Republican Party, Central Committee at their meeting on February 2, 2017. The Central Committee will then vote for three (3) nominees to be presented to the Benton County Commissioners for their selection of the new County Treasurer.
Questions regarding this process should be directed to Jerry Martin, Nominating Committee Chair at 509-586-3349 or email@example.com. Original signed by Bill Berkman, Chairman
Benton County Republicans elect new Executive Committee
A new Executive Committee of the Benton County Republican Party was elected Thursday evening, December 1, at the Benton PUD Auditorium in Kennewick.The new officers are Bill Berkman, Chairman; Dallas Parr, Vice Chairman; Richard Bilskis, State Committeeman; Kimberly Heath, State Committeewoman; Jarold Strickler, Treasurer; Mary Ruth Edwards, Secretary; Dennis Miller, Legislative District 8 Chair; and Michael Massey, Legislative District 16 Chair.The Executive Committee will serve for two years, 2017-2018.
BCRP-Endorsed Candidates for General Election
Clint Didier - 4th Congressional District
Joe Burrowes, Benton-Franklin Superior Court, Position 2
Sam Swanberg, Benton-Franklin Superior Court, Position 2
Alicia Berry, Benton-Franklin Superior Court, Position 3
Bill Jenkin, State Representative, Legislative District 16, Position 1
The Benton County Republican Party endorsed the following candidates for the 2016 Top Two Primary.
Bill Bryant, Governor
Kim Wyman, Secretary of State
Duane Davidson, State Treasurer
Ron Higgins, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
Brad Klippert, Legislative District 8, Position 1
Larry Haler, Legislative District 8, Position 2
Steve Simmons, Legislative District 8, Position 2
Mary Ruth Edwards, Legislative District 16, Position 1
Patrick McBurney, Court of Appeals Judge District 3, Position 1
Primary Election ballots need to be postmarked or dropped in ballot box by 8 p.m. on August 2nd, 2016.
Exercise your rights as an American citizen. Vote in every election!
TWEETFEST - July 12th!
via Heritage Action:
Tomorrow, The House Oversight and Government Reform (OGR) Committee will have public hearings on the First Amendment Defense Act. This hearing is the first step to getting to our goal: a full House vote on FADA. Chairman Jason Chaffetz and the other Republican committee members need to hear from you on the need to pass FADA out of committee. That is why Heritage Action is hosting a Tweetfest using the hashtag #VoteonFADA . The Tweetfest will be held Tuesday, July 12th, from 12pm to 2pm ET. Use the hashtag #VoteonFADA to contribute to the conversation. Talking Points:
Since the Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court decision, religious institutions and individuals are being pushed out of civil society for holding religious beliefs on traditional marriage.
The First Amendment Defense Act protects individuals and organizations who believe in traditional of marriage from government discrimination .
The bill now has 171 co-sponsors, including 23 of the 25 committee members publically committed as cosponsored - there’s no reason to delay a vote on the House floor.
Our nation was founded on religious liberty, and that liberty is now at risk.
To find out more visit the Heritage Action FAQ Sheet on the First Amendment Defense Act. Here are some sample tweets to get you started:
The government shouldn't coerce others into participating in activities that violate their religious beliefs. It's time to #VoteonFADA
#VoteonFADA to prevent government from denying tax exemptions, grants, and more to individuals & nonprofits based on their religious beliefs
Here is a list of Twitter handles of Republican OGR members -- you can tweet directly at them:
Michael Turner OH-10 @RepMikeTurner
John Duncan TN-02 @RepJohnDuncanJr
Jim Jordan OH-04 @Jim_Jordan
Tim Walberg MI-07 @RepWalberg
Justin Amash MI-03 @justinamash
Paul Gosar AZ-04 @RepGosar
Scott DesJarlais TN-04 @DesJarlaisTN04
Trey Gowdy SC-04 @TGowdySC
Blake Farenthold TX-27 @farenthold
Cynthia Lummis WY @CynthiaLummis
Thomas Massie KY-04 @RepThomasMassie
Mark Meadows NC-11@RepMarkMeadows
Ron DeSantis FL-06 @RepDeSantis
Mick Mulvaney SC-05 @RepMickMulvaney
Ken Buck CO-04 @RepKenBuck
Mark Walker NC-06 @RepMarkWalker
Rod Blum IA-01 @RepRodBlum
Jody Hice GA-10 @CongressmanHice
Steve Russell OK-05 @RepRussell
Buddy Carter GA-01 @RepBuddyCarter
Glenn Grothman WI-06 @RepGrothman
William Hurd TX-23 @HurdOnTheHill
Gary Palmer Al-06 @USRepGaryPalmer
Jason Chaffetz UT-03 @jasoninthehouse
ON TO THE WSRP STATE CONVENTION AND PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY!
Last Saturday, March 26, the Benton County Republican Party (BCRP) held their county convention at the Red Lion Hotel at Columbia Center.
The county convention delegates approved the 2016 BCRP Platform and elected 53 delegates and 53 alternates to the Washington State Republican Party State Convention, which will be held May 19-21 in Tri-Cities.
On May 24, just 3 days after the state convention, Washington State voters will have the opportunity to cast their vote for their respective party's presidential nominee.
THE CAUCUSES ARE OVER. NOW WHAT?
On Saturday, February 20th, the Washington State Republican Party held precinct caucuses in every county to review the proposed 2016 county party platforms and elect delegates and alternates to the respective county conventions.
In Benton County, we elected more than 350 delegates and alternates to the Benton County Republican Convention, which will be held on Saturday, March 26th. At the convention, we will vote to approve the 2016 BCRP Platform.
At the county convention, we will also be electing delegates and alternates to the Washington State Republican Party State Convention, which will be held in the Tri-Cities, May 19-21.
Our state convention will be held just days before our state's presidential primary on Tuesday, May 24th. What is particularly significant about this is that delegates who are elected to the national convention, are bound to vote for the winner of the state primary. IF there is a tie, and it goes to a second ballot, the delegates are released from that and can vote for their personal preference.
THE COUNTDOWN HAS BEGUN We are less than one year away from the most important election of our lifetime! Regardless of your age, this is THE election. This election will determine whether America will be restored or lost on the rubbish heap of history.
Washington State faces an important election as well. Not only is it a gubernatorial election, but most state-wide positions are up for election --
and one senate seat.
It is imperative that the citizens of Washington, and in particular, those citizens who hold Republican values, VOTE in every statewide race in 2016.
All Hands On Deck Everyone with an interest in the 2016 elections must get involved early. It's going to take all hands on deck:
To start, make sure your voter registration is current - did you move recently?