Wyandotte county Republicans recently launched a new phase in their commitment to encourage awareness and participation in elections. Conservative candidates, locally, throughout the state, and in the US Congress were recognized and/or introduced at the historic Grinter Place during meetings held on two consecutive weekends. Response to the invitation-only event was overwhelming.
Guest speaker, Jack Cashill gave an entertaining and informative presentation on media bias and several candidates and elected officials were in attendance. Volunteers served dinner or brunch and facilitated networking of Republicans for a more vibrant, prosperous Wyandotte County.
The function of the Wyandotte County Republican Central committee (WyCo GOP) and the Wyandotte County Republican Women’s organization (WCRW) is to support Republican candidates in local, state and US elections. The organizations are teams of community members who volunteer for political campaigns, support Republican candidates and elected officials, and provide educational and informational opportunities for the members.
The recent meetings served to broaden the membership and make residents of the county aware of the WyCo GOP and WCRW’s ongoing mission. In each of the meetings, several people filed for precinct committee chair to represent their precinct during critical election cycles.
Each of two meetings, held at the Grinter Place in Wyandotte County, included guest speakers and instructional segments about the districts, precincts and upcoming elections.
The WCRW was onsite with instructional material about the US constitution and as well as to answer membership questions for newcomers.
WCRW President, Chiquita Coggs, received an overwhelming response when she revealed that she’d filed for the 36th District House seat to replace a long-term Democrat incumbent. WyCo GOP members, old and new, offered resounding support for her campaign. “It was electrifying being gathered with this many like-minded, conservative people, many of whom were just discovering there were so many of us in the county,” she said. “It was the perfect opportunity to announce my run for the 36th District State Representative seat.”
Chiquita was born and raised in Kansas and graduated from Sumner High School in 1965. She’s been politically active for most of her adult life and has served her community in several capacities in recent years. She was the 3rd Congressional District Republican Secretary and served on the Kansas Black Republican Council, worked as Precinct Committeewoman, was vice-chair of the Wyandotte County Black Republicans and is currently president of the Wyandotte County Republican Woman’s organization (WCRW).
Chiquita has a master’s degree in Industrial/organizational psychology and is seeking a doctorate in psychology. She is currently the Executive Director of the Kansas Board of Cosmetology.