After 11 years as RNC committeewoman, Keene Republican Juliana Bergeron announced Wednesday she is not running for reelection when her term ends next year.
Bergeron has been part of the New Hampshire GOP’s successful effort to protect the state’s First in the Nation presidential primary, a task New Hampshire Democrats could not accomplish. She plans to serve until after the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee next July.
“I want to thank Juliana for her years of service and for her work helping New Hampshire remain ‘First in the Nation,’” said state GOP chair Chris Ager. “Moving forward, we have a lot of talented people in our party, and I’m sure we’ll elect someone who’ll do a great job for New Hampshire.”
One of the Republicans hoping to step in is current state GOP Finance chair Mary Jane Beauregard of Wilton, N.H. Beauregard has sent a letter to Republican committee members announcing her candidacy.
“One of my primary goals is to maintain our First-in-the-Nation primary status, which is crucial for our economy and national recognition,” Beauregard wrote. “I had the privilege of working tirelessly alongside many others to ensure the success of our First-in-the-Nation summit. Through this event, I had the opportunity to personally connect with more committee members from various states, and I believe these relationships will prove invaluable if I am elected your NH GOP committeewoman.”
There are multiple reports that Elizabeth Girard, who serves as president of the New Hampshire Federation of Republican Women (NHFRW), plans to seek the committeewoman position as well. Girard did not respond to requests for comment Wednesday night.
As a committeewoman, Bergeron has been careful not to endorse any candidates in the GOP presidential primary. She appeared at a NHFRW event with Nikki Haley (where Bergeron said she would like the first woman president to be a Republican) and has hosted Chris Christie in her home.
But in an interview with The Keene Sentinel Wednesday, she made it clear there is one Republican she is not on board with in the primary.
“I think it’s over for Trump, or I hope it is,” Bergeron said.