Spring elections have boded well for Republican Liberty Caucus members. In addition to recent victories by Texas RLC Treasurer Lisa Mallory to a large school board in Austin and RLC member Michael Tams’ recent election to a Town Board post in northern Illinois, Virginia RLC members recently helped Attorney General candidate Ken Cuccinelli capture the GOP nomination against two opponents.
And earlier this month two other RLC members won their local elections: Kara Egbert in Arizona and Bradford Wyatt in Massachusetts.
In the town of Sahuarita in southern Arizona, Kara Egbert spent $2,554 to gain a second place finish in a race for three seats on the Sahuarita Town Council. Sahuarita is a town of 16,000 in Pima County. It’s growing very rapidly, as the population in 2000 was just 3,000 people.
Egbert and the two other victors trounced the incumbents. Egbert, who lives in Rancho Sahuarita, said she looks forward to representing “all of Sahuarita during the next four years and will work to keep the small-town values in our growing community.” Egbert is involved in the Pima County affiliate of the Republican Liberty Caucus in Arizona, according to RLC organizer Ken Rineer.
In Massachusetts, RLC member Brad Wyatt, who is working to reorganize the Massachusetts RLC affiliate, easily defeated an incumbent in a race for Boylston School Committee. Boylston is a town of about 4,000 near Worcester. Using the slogan “Put Boylston First,” Wyatt, a first time candidate, ousted a two-term incumbent. Brad, a business owner in the neighboring city of Worcester, intends to bring business common sense to local government.
His campaign was based on voter identification and door-knocking. His advice to future candidates is — on Election Day — to “call favorable voters, and then call them again, and again, until they say they voted.”
Wyatt campaigned on honesty and transparency in government. He hopes to put his technology experience to work in the district, especially in the area of communication, including the district’s websites and the School Committee’s scheduling.