District of Columbia Republican Committee

District of Columbia Republican Committee

The District of Columbia Republican Committee (DCRC) is the Republican Party organization of Washington, District of Columbia, the rough equivalent to the fifty state-level parties. The DCRC is made up of registered Republican voters living in the District of Columbia elected to serve as the committee.


Leadership and organization

The District of Columbia Republican Committee is Chaired by Robert J. Kabel and located at 1275 K Street, NW Suite 102 in Washington, D.C.. The DC Republican National Committee man is Anthony W. Parker and the DC Republican National Committee woman is Betsy W. Werronen. The Executive Director is Paul D. Craney.

Members of the DCRC Committee elect its Chairman every two years. The Republican National Committeeman and Committeewoman are elected at the same time as the DC Republican Presidential primary every four years, which is open to all Republican voters. The Chairman appoints Executive Committee with the approval of the Committee. Election to the DCRC Committee requires nomination by an existing DCRC member and confirmation by the DCRC Nominations Committee.

Electoral strategy

According to the District of Columbia Home Rule Act (D.C. Code 1-221(d)(2)), "at no time shall there be more than three members (including the Chairman) serving at large on the Council who are affiliated with the same political party."[1] This gives the DC Republicans their largest opportunity, and their main efforts are usually directed at this race. Rather than defeat the Democrats, a Republican candidate for an at-large seat need only defeat any independents in the race.

Recent history

The most successful and high-profile Republican in elected office of recent years is former city councilwoman Carol Schwartz (At-Large). First elected in 1984, she served one term before deciding not to seek re-election in 1988. Voters returned her to the At-Large seat in 1996. She was re-elected in 2000 and 2004, but lost the Republican primary election in 2008. Schwartz ran for mayor of the District of Columbia four times (1986, 1994, 1998 and 2002), all unsuccessfully.

In 2008, Patrick Mara defeated Schwartz for the Republican nomination. Mara was backed by an endorsement from The Washington Post and anger from the business community at Schwartz's support of a mandatory sick-leave bill.[2][3] Schwartz continued to run as a write-in candidate, and both received approximately 10% of the vote. This was not enough to stop Democrat-turned-independent Michael A. Brown from collecting the largest vote share of the non-Democrats up for election, leaving the D.C. city council with no Republican members since 2009.[4]


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