County GOP nominates Brown
The Clay County Republicans gathered in the Clay County Courthouse chambers Thursday night for a convention to decide their party nominee for the Dec. 11 Clay County special election. The Dec. 11 special election will determine who will succeed Joe Skow on the Clay County Board of Supervisors as the former supervisor vacated his seat due to an out of state relocation.
Fifty-four delegates of the Clay County Republicans delegation were present to cast their votes by secret ballot Thursday night. Before the voting commenced, delegates moved to change a rule barring candidates for supervisor who participated in the convention and failed to secure the Republican nomination from running in the special election as “no party” candidates. The vote failed 20-34. Ultimately six Republicans — Kevin Brown, Jeremy Leu, Jill Barr, George Moriarty, Marlin Voss and Steve Waller — ran for their party’s nomination at the convention. Each of the candidates spoke directly to the delegates as to why they felt they were qualified for the nomination and their experience for the position.
“We had a lot of good candidates,” Clay County Republican Chairman Will Jones said.
After three rounds of voting, only two names — Brown and Waller — remained on the ballot for the convention’s fourth and final round of voting.
“I think I can effectively serve all of you as Clay County Supervisor,” Brown said. “Doing that for the Republican Party is important to me. Because I’ve devoted my life to the Republican Party for as long as I can remember.
He continued, “... I think I can beat any Democrat or Independent out there that’s running for this seat. Once I get down there, that’s when the work starts and I’ve proven I’m ready to work.”
In a close final round of voting, Brown was nominated as the party’s candidate for the Dec. 11 special election.
“I’m unbelievable humbled by this and just insanely grateful,” Brown said. “I came in here just wanting to talk about my accomplishments and my plans and my experience so that’s what I did. I just got up and just left it all out there so no matter how this turned out today I knew that I gave it my best. Luckily, the Republicans of Clay County decided they could get behind a guy like me and we can do whatever it takes now to make sure we take this onto victory on Dec. 11.”