Local GOP party selects new leader

The Grays Harbor Republican Party has selected a new leader two months after ousting former chairman Michael Thompson. Beth De Vaul of Elma has been acting as chairwoman since Thompson’s removal, and was officially voted into the post at a July 2 meeting.

De Vaul has been active in the local Republican party since early 2011, and worked on GOP campaigns in Oregon before moving to Elma in 2006. She said her goal is to help the party find viable candidates for upcoming elections.

“It’s been hard just serving as acting chair because you never know who will take over the position permanently,” De Vaul said. “I look forward to setting up some committees and finding some candidates.”

The Oregon State University graduate currently works as the business manager for Burglund, Schmidt & Associates in Hoquiam.