Kitsap County Republican Party


Chris Tibbs to step aside as Republican Chairman


Media Release

SILVERDALE, WA - The Kitsap County Republican Party today announced that Chris Tibbs will be resigning as County Chairman due to increased business and personal commitments, effective February 29, 2016.

 The executive board of the Kitsap County Republicans will discuss election procedures for a new County Chairman at its next meeting.

Tibbs, a former Democrat, rose rapidly through the ranks of local Republican politics, entering the political stage in 2011 as a candidate for Kitsap County Commissioner. Tibbs was elected Chairman of the Kitsap County Republican Party in 2012, leading the Kitsap County GOP to a series of impressive victories, including Jan Angel's 2013 Special Election bid for the State Senate seat that helped empower the bi-partisan Senate Majority Coalition.  In 2014, Tibbs recruited the candidates and worked with the County Party organization to equip a slate of Republican candidates that prevailed in County and Legislative races, including the elections of Commissioner Ed Wolfe, Prosecuting Attorney Tina Robinson, Assessor Phil Cook, and a clean sweep of Republicans in the 26th Legislative District and the House seats in the 35th District.  This past December Tibbs was unanimously re-elected to a second term, becoming the first Republican Chairman to win re-election since 2000.

 "We have made enormous progress rebuilding our party, electing the first Republican County Commissioner in more than a decade, the first woman prosecutor in the history of the county, and now controlling six of nine legislative positions in Kitsap County, Republicans from throughout Kitsap County can be very confident that our Executive Board will continue to build upon the incredible successes we have enjoyed."

In accordance with Kitsap County Republican Party Bylaws, a special meeting of republican prescient committee officers will be called for this February for the purpose of electing a new County Chairman to the remainder of Tibbs' term, which expires December 31, 2016.


Kitsap Republicans Endorse Bill Bryant for Governor

The Kitsap County Republican Party (KCRP) Executive Board joined forces with former Governor Dan Evans and Republicans across the state of Washington to support Bill Bryant for Governor. 

“Bill Bryant is a local son, a native of the Hood Canal and the Olympic Peninsula, and he has a keen grasp on the issues and challenges that really matter to the working families of Kitsap County”, said Kitsap Republican Party Chairman Chris Tibbs.  “We’re proud and confident to be the first Republican Party County Committee in Washington to endorse Bill Bryant for Governor”. 

Bill Bryant has been elected twice in King County as Port Commissioner - his “district” includes 16 legislative districts, three congressional districts one-third of Washington’s registered voters. Since announcing his candidacy he’s raised nearly $600,000 from supporters across the state.

“Bill’s moderate positions on social issues and strong record of fiscal conservatism and economic development are winners with voters statewide”, added Tibbs. 

Bryant has already received endorsements from Rep. Michelle Caldier, Rep. Jesse Young, Rep. Dan Griffey, Rep. Drew MacEwen and 21 other state representatives.

The KCRP has established a record of success with voters in Kitsap County, beginning with the strong numbers for Republican candidates in 2012, the high-profile election of Sen. Jan Angel in 2013, her successful re-election in 2014 along with the election of the four Representatives in the 26th and 35th Districts, the elections of County Commissioner Ed Wolfe, County Assessor Phil Cook, County Prosecuting Attorney Tina Robinson, and County Coroner Greg Sandstrom.  In 2016 the KCRP plans on fielding aggressive and well-funded candidates for the North and South Kitsap County Commission seats, as well as candidates in the 23rd District legislative races.

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