Kansas GOP Insider (wannabe): Racing for county party leadership

Monday, November 12, 2012

Racing for county party leadership

NOTE: According to an anonymous poster, Ken Smith has decided not to run for JCRP Chair. I guess we'll find out tonight.

It's official. Ronnie Metsker has announced a slate for Johnson County Republican Party leadership.
Several weeks ago, I reported that Ken Smith, a Mission police officer, announced his candidacy for Chair of the JCRP. Metsker is essentially the incumbent.

Someone was kind enough to slip me a letter that Metsker wrote to committee precinct men and women yesterday. In it, he asks for their votes and announces a slate of candidates for leadership roles.

They include:
Ronnie Metsker as Chair
Sen. Mary Pilcher Cook as Vice Chair
Theresa Segraves as Secretary
Mike Kukelman as Treasurer

I have never understood why these candidates are typically elected as part of a slate. If someone thinks they have the skills, ability and desire to lead the county party, I don't see why they have to find others to fill out a slate.

I really don't care to see elected officials serving as party leadership. I would rather a grassroots activist hold a role of vice chair, or any other role than Sen. Mary Pilcher Cook. Speaking of, Pilcher Cook strikes me as more conservative than Ronnie Metsker. So I am surprised that she'll be joining Metsker's slate.

And while we're on the topic of vice chair, I'm pretty certain that the chair and vice chair must be members of the opposite sex. This seems antiquated.

I haven't heard yet whether Ken Smith will be putting forward a slate. (My guess is yes, but I haven't heard a thing.)

The JCRP reorganization meeting starts at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at Shawnee Mission West High School. I imagine it will be a very brief meeting. (One year, it went well past midnight.) Precinct committeemen and women are expected to attend, but I'll be shocked if more than 10 percent show.



  1. Smith has dropped out as of a few days ago. And it's Kuckelman.

  2. Thanks. I hadn't heard that about Smith.