Clark County GOP picks a new chairperson

McClintock had stepped into role on an interim basis

By Stevie Mathieu, Columbian assistant metro editor

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photoStephanie McClintock

Clark County Republicans chose Stephanie McClintock as their new chairwoman on Saturday during a meeting of precinct committee officers.

McClintock replaces Brandon Vick, who stepped down as chair to focus on his campaign for a House seat in the 18th Legislative District. She had been serving as interim chairwoman since Vick left the position earlier this month.

"I am honored to serve as chair," McClintock said in a news release announcing her new role. "This is an exciting time to be a part of this grass-roots organization … dedicated to seeing Republicans win in the upcoming elections."

Before becoming interim chairwoman, McClintock, 42, of Vancouver, was elected as vice chairwoman of the Clark County GOP in December 2010. McClintock works as an event coordinator for Holland Residential and has a background in human resources.

She began volunteering for the Republican party in 2008. She said she doesn't know yet whether she would seek to stay in the post when leadership decisions are made in December.

She said her priority as a GOP leader is making sure Republican candidates get elected to office this year.

"This election is crucial, and it is imperative that the Republican community get involved for us to win in November," McClintock said by email on Tuesday. She said the party will "do whatever we can do to help our candidates — attending fundraisers, door-belling, walking in parades, putting up signs, etc. I would love to see every (precinct officer) plugged into a campaign."

During Saturday's meeting, Republican precinct committee officers also celebrated former state Sen. Joseph Zarelli's 17 years of service as a legislator. They also adopted the 2012 Clark County Republican Party's platform.