Lobbyist Anita Mitchell, activist Tami Donnally angling for Palm Beach County GOP chairby George Bennett | October 2nd, 2013
Lobbyist and Republican fundraiser Anita Mitchell and GOP activist Tami Donnally plan to run for the vacant chairmanship of the Palm Beach County Republican Party in a special election next month to replace Ira Sabin, who resigned last week.
Mitchell, the mother of West Palm Beach City Commissioner Kimberly Mitchell, is a longtime fixture in local politics who has raised money for a variety of GOP candidates, including presidential nominee Mitt Romney and state Rep. Bill Hager, R-Boca Raton, last year.
Mitchell has been encouraged to run by GOP State Committeeman Peter Feaman and others.
Donnally, an administrator at a Christian school, is a past president of the Republican Club of Central Palm Beach County who lost state House races in 2010 and 2012.
Sabin, elected in December to a two-year term, resigned last week after a tenure marked by weak fundraising and friction with other party leaders. Vice Chairman Michael Barnett, serving as interim party boss, said he has scheduled a Nov. 13 special election to fill the final 13 months of Sabin’s term. Barnett said he’s not interested in seeking the chairmanship.
Mitchell is not a member of the Republican Executive Committee, which is a requirement for candidates for chairman, but the REC is expected to vote on appointing her to a vacant seat at a meeting next week.