Des Moines, IA — The Polk County Republican Central Committee last night elected Sherill Whisenand of Des Moines as its new co-chairman.
A vacancy recently occurred for the co-chairmanship for the Republican Party of Polk County when Chad Brown resigned earlier this month. The Central Committee in its unanimous vote declared Whisenand, a party activist, to complete the co-chairman term which ends in January 2014.
In accepting the position, Whisenand said, "There are times when a clear opportunity presents itself and you have to know instinctually the timing is right and mission is clear."
She continued, "This is the time for our team to continue to pull together, pressing forward with our organizational, financial and communication efforts. Under the leadership of Chairman Will Rogers, the team is making great strides in all areas - and I welcome the hard work and dedication we demonstrate as the largest Republican County Committee in Iowa."
Whisenand is a lifelong Iowa Republican, raised in Story County, serving as the Story County Republican Party Chairman and the Story County Republican Federated President in the 1980s. She was Iowa State University Young Republicans Chairman; an alternate delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1984 and served later as the Republican Party of Iowa State Organization Director, coordinating the 99 county caucus movement for Iowa's first-in-the-nation Presidential Caucuses (1986).
Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, she contracted with the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the Republican National Committee, the National Republican Congressional Committee and the southern states' communications director for the national campaign for Bush-Quayle '88, later serving as a Presidential Appointee at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
As a media specialist and campaign manager, her services were enlisted for U.S. Presidential, U.S. Senatorial, U.S. Congressional races in nearly 30 states; six Iowa and Arkansas gubernatorial races (several seasons); California Attorney General's race campaign manager; legislative, county, local and state races in Iowa, Arkansas, Texas, California and greater metropolitan Washington, D.C., as well as national campaign efforts.
In the 1990s, she joined the Walt Disney Companies, Inc. (Burbank Studios - CA), serving for the Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, working tirelessly on state, national and global legislation for Disney's massive media interests.
In 2009, Whisenand returned permanently to Des Moines and since that time, has resumed her political activities, remaining active in the Polk County Republican Party as an office manager in 2010-11; assisting the financial team with fundraising events; serving on the Polk County Central Committee; the Polk County Advisory Committee for Branstad-Reynolds in 2010 and on his steering committee for the 2014 Branstad-Reynolds Committee; seated as a voting member on the Third District Central Committee; and active in various local, state and national campaigns.
She is employed as a collegiate enrollment representative with Apollo Group, Inc. in the Des Moines metro area.