Lawrence attorney Chris Miller was unanimously elected chairman of the Douglas County Republican Central Committee at a special meeting of the committee held Saturday morning at the Lawrence Public Library.
Miller, 38, will serve as chairman until after the November 1990 general elections. He is filling a vacancy created when Ken Martinez resigned the post halfway through his two-year term because of business commitments. Martinez is president of A/S/K Associates.
Because Miller was treasurer of the central committee for the past two years, the 16 voting members of the committee who attended the meeting also elected his successor. Phil Bradley, business manager of the Bradley Veterinary Hospital, was chosen as his replacement by unanimous vote.
Other officers of the Douglas County Republican Central Committee are Sandy Praeger, vice chairman, and Grace Marion, secretary, both of whom will hold their positions until after the 1990 election. Praeger chaired Saturday's meeting.
After his election, Miller said his first order of business will be to identify Repubican candidates for the Kansas Legislature. He said he has some names of people who may be interested in running for the three Kansas House seats in now held by Douglas County Democrats.
Miller said he expects the fourth Douglas County representative, David Miller, Eudora, to retain his seat.
The new Douglas County Republican Chairman, who served for two years under under Insurance Commissioner Fletcher Bell and for more than a year as a law clerk under Atty. Gen. Robert Stephan while attending law school at Kansas University, was nominated for the post of chairman by Rod Todd.
Todd has announced that he is a candidate to replace Bell, who has announced his retirement as insurance commissioner.
Cathy Whitaker, executive director of the Republican Party in Kansas, attended the meeting. She told the Douglas County Republicans that it will be important to communicate to both candidates and voters about how various legislative seats have been changed by redistricting.
Whitaker also said some Douglas County legislators made mistakes with their votes during last weekend's special session by voting for measures that would have hurt Kansas University. During the session, the three Douglas County Democrats who hold seats in the Kansas House voted for a "circuit-breaker" bill that some critics said would have cost KU research funding. That bill died in the Senate.
Whitaker urged the local Republicans to find good candidates to challenge Democrats in next year's election.
Whitaker also said that a Republican candidate school will be held in mid-June.