Ada County Republican Central Committee elects new officers after former group resigned

Two new GOP officials ran unsuccessfully for College of Western Idaho’s board of trustees last year

By: - October 25, 2023 5:27 pm
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Six new officers for the Ada County Republican Central Committee were elected Oct. 24, 2013. The officials are, from left, Sue Hoffer, Cheryl Hurd, Ryan Spoon, Thad Butterworth, Scott Cleveland and Sue Gaston. (Courtesy of Ada County Republican Central Committee)

Following this month’s mass resignations, the Ada County Republican Central Committee elected six new officers Tuesday night to fill the vacancies in GOP party leadership in the state’s most populated county.

The six new officers each ran unopposed for their positions, according to a press release issued Tuesday by the Ada County Republican Central Committee and its new chair. The new officers include:

  • Chairman Thad Butterworth
  • First Vice Chair Ryan Spoon
  • Second Vice Chair Sue Gaston
  • Third Vice Chair Scott Cleveland
  • Treasurer Sue Hoffer
  • State Committeewoman Cheryl Hurd

According to the press release, Butterworth’s goal is for the new officials to become more involved, complete a financial review of the Ada County Republican Central Committee following last month’s resignations and focus on the upcoming Nov. 7 local elections. 

The leadership vacancies were created on Oct. 5, when six former Ada County Republican Central Committee officers resigned en masse after alleging Idaho Republican Party leaders were dividing the party and resorting to bullying tactics, the Sun previously reported

Several of the new officers have run for office before or been involved with political issues. 

Spoon served on former Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin’s hand-picked 2021 education task force, which was charged with rooting out “indoctrination” in public schools. 

Spoon and Butterworth ran unsuccessfully as part of a slate Republicans running for seats on the nonpartisan College of Western Idaho board of trustees in 2022, where they pledged to cut spending and cut taxes if elected, Idaho Education News reported.

In 2022, Cleveland ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate as an independent candidate, where he lost to incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo. 

The six new Ada County Republican officers replace former Chairman Victor Miler, former First Vice Chair Megan Reichle, former Second Vice Chair Travis Clyde, former Third Vice Chair Barrett Tetlow, former Treasurer Dave Lister and former State Committeewoman Kim Wickstrum, who all resigned Oct. 5.


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Clark Corbin
Clark Corbin

Clark Corbin has more than a decade of experience covering Idaho government and politics. He has covered every Idaho legislative session since 2011 gavel-to-gavel. Prior to joining the Idaho Capital Sun he reported for the Idaho Falls Post Register and Idaho Education News. His reporting in Idaho has helped uncover a multimillion-dollar investment scam and exposed inaccurate data that school districts submitted to the state.