Hutchinson County has a new Republican County Chairman.
Mary Kay Phelan has been approved to serve as the new chairman for Hutchinson County and her duties are beginning effective immediately.
Meryl Barnett, who has served as county chairman for the past 30 years, initially chose Conny Moore to take his place. Moore served in the position for two years. However, due to some health issues within his family, Barnett allowed him to step down and he took the role back over temporarily.
He said Phelan has been a part of the Republican Party for several years now, and the two have known each other for a long time. Her nomination was approved by the State Republican Executive Committee.
Phelan will be attending training in Austin with the Texas Secretary of State on Nov. 4, 2011.
She was born in Pampa and moved to Borger six months later. She is a 1976 graduate of Borger High School and attended Frank Phillips College. After she married, her husbandâ€™s job took them down to the South Texas area. They returned to Borger in 1995.
Phelan works two jobs, one at ConocoPhillips and the other at High Plains Helping Hands. She said she will be stepping down from her position at Helping Hands to devote more time to her new role as county chairman.
She is active with the Hutchinson County United Way, the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Hutchinson County Republican Women.
Phelan credits her Republican background to her family, namely her parents, who got involved with the Republican party through the influence of Katherine McDaniel. She said voting is something that is considered extremely important in her family.
â€śThatâ€™s something that is inbred in us, making our opinions known by voting,â€ť she said.
With the 2012 elections starting to approach, Phelan is excited about the year ahead, but is seeking the help of the community in making next year a successful one.
â€śIâ€™ll take all the help I can get,â€ť she said.