Just weeks from the April 1 election for a new state Republican Party chair, GOP activist and former Douglas County Republican chair Mark Baisley announced via Facebook he will enter the race. That brings the candidate total to four, including former 2016 7th Congressional District candidate George Athanasopoulos, outgoing El Paso County Republican Chair Jeff Hays, and Mesa County Trump campaign Chair Kevin McCarney.
I had decided last November not to run for Chairman of the State Republican Party in 2017. It was my hope that Anil would take the job but as we know, he did not believe that he was called to it this time.
Recently, several patriot leaders presented a compelling case for why I should reconsider. They have let me know that it is their plan to nominate me from the floor at the organization meeting on April 1. Their justification boils down to these four points: 1. Qualifications, 2. Party unification towards winning the critical governor race, 3. Defense of the caucus, and 4. Fundraising.
I have spent a considerable amount of time struggling over this idea in counsel and in prayer. Given what is at stake in reapportionment and redistricting, I have decided that I will accept that nomination.
My candidacy is not an act of competition against those who have already stepped up to offer themselves to the task. They all deserve our respect and appreciation. My decision is, rather, a response to the call of responsibility.
As I engineer an execution plan for advancing life, liberty, property & pursuit of happiness through Colorado’s political process, I would value your advice and your prayers. Many thanks.
Baisley also is a past vice chair of the state GOP and a longtime party activist.
Current state GOP chair Steve House announced in January he is not seeking another term.