Attorney, business owner battle for Republican county chairperson nomination


April 9, 2010 at 6 p.m.
Updated April 8, 2010 at 11:09 p.m.

While the ballot on Tuesday reflects only one local race in the Victoria County Republican primary runoff, both candidates agree that does not diminish this vote's importance.

"Literally, every vote counts," said Victoria County Republican Party Chairwoman Mary Anne Wyatt, the incumbent.

Challenger Michael Cloud added: "If we're all doing our part whenever we can within our circle of influence, then we'll have the country we need to have."

The only other race on the Republican ballot is between Debra Lehrmann and Rick Green for the party's nomination as Supreme Court justice in Place 3.

Wyatt, the Republican Party's 10-year chairwoman, said she believes her advantage over Cloud is experience.

"I think we've done very well," she said. "Since I've been county chair, we've picked up a Republican sheriff, a Republican district attorney and three of the four district judges are Republican."

Cloud said he's not the type of person to say he's better than anyone else. If elected, though, he said it would be his goal to bring proactive leadership to the party.

"The thing I'm looking forward to doing is bringing an open and more proactive, forward leadership style that involves other people, that shares information and that provides avenues for people to get involved," he said.

Wyatt, a 59-year-old attorney and title examiner, said her job as chairperson requires the most work during election years.

"I think there are some that want more to be done in the off years," she said. "But, you know, that takes people to be interested to do it."

Cloud, 34, said he believes the party could do more in the off years by conducting candidate training and devising strategies.

"With everything going on in our country, there are so many people in our community that want to get involved," said Cloud, owner of a media production and marketing company. "Oftentimes, they don't know how to get involved."



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