Two individuals and their respective slate of officers were competing for the county chairmanship, Levi Lippencott representing the ‘libertarian’ youth and new members of the party and Jerry Anderson representing the current ‘old’ regime. The so-called ‘libertarian’ group had pretty well taken over the majority of the Sarpy County Republican Party at the county convention held in June. Additional ‘libertarian’ members had been added to the committee including those added in December. Recognizing the numbers disadvantage Jerry Anderson and the ‘old’ regime had been recruiting folks to be recognized as new members at the January meeting in hope of having their votes and numbers there to defeat the young whippersnappers. And Anderson and folks did recruit and had probably 100 folks there wanting to be seated in hopes of filling nearly eighty vacant central committee seats.
When a motion was made to seat the ‘new’ members, it failed by several votes but an amended motion was passed to seat them after the election of the new officers. Even at that point it wasn’t clear who among those wanting to be seated were eligible given different numbers of vacancies in the five central committee districts and a decision on priorities for seating.
The decision made on the ‘new’ members, Chairman Ragland proceeded to the vote aided by the Sarpy County Election Commissioner Wayne Bena. The vote totals confirmed Levi Lippencott as the new chairman, Jennifer Redding as the new Vice Chairman and Kim Coleman as the new Secretary. John Love, the former Treasurer, surprisingly was retained.
At this point it was clear to us that those who outwork their political opponents are the ones that win and that has clearly been the case with the young ‘libertarian’ group in Sarpy County. We’ve noted many times that elections have consequences and it was clear after the June county convention that such would be the case.
This is the kind of stuff that's happening here in quiet Nebraska. Be sure to read the "rest of the story" at the link. Thursday night, while this was taking place, I was getting lots of text messages from friends who were involved. It's been and exciting couple of days.