FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Saturday, October 1, 2022
Michael Kracker Resoundingly Elected as Chairman of the Erie County Republican Committee
West Seneca, NY – On Saturday, the Erie County Republican Committee resoundingly elected Michael Kracker as the next Chairman in the first contested convention in 30 years (since 1992).
“I am honored to have the support of the men and women of the Erie County Republican Committee. I know the immense responsibility of this roll, and I am eager to get to work electing Republicans to all levels of government – starting this year as we take the fight to Kathy Hochul electing Lee Zeldin as the next Governor of New York right here from her home county. People are fired up, and together we will energize the grassroots of this Party and bring back common sense.”
Michael Kracker has spent his career in service to the Republican Party. As the former Executive Director of the Erie County GOP and a Senior Congressional aide, Michael has served in Republican leadership positions at the local state, and federal level. Currently, Michael serves as Senior Advisor to Senate Republican Leader Rob Ortt, and oversees the Senate GOP’s statewide political operation. Michael lives in Kenmore where he cheers on the Buffalo Bills with his wife Erin.
Chairman Karl Simmeth did not run for re-election, and was met with a standing ovation for his 3 years of service at the helm of the organization. He held the organization together through several tumultuous years including the change of two major congressional races and the pandemic shutdown. In 2021 he ushered in a red wave that swept from Grand Island to Sardinia and elected Republicans in deep Blue-Democrat territory.
Michael Kracker added, “Karl Simmeth was the steady hand at the wheel that our Party needed in these difficult times and he leaves big shoes to fill. He is well respected and I know I and the rest of the organization wish him and his wife Kathy all the best in a well-deserved retirement.”
+ Chairman Michael Kracker
+ First Vice Chair Robin Sion – Concord
+ Second Vice Chair John Schmidt – Buffalo
+ Secretary Patricia Stephens – West Seneca
+ Assistant Secretary Henry Heppner – Orchard Park
+ Treasurer Dan O’Connell – Hamburg
+ Assistant Treasurer Kim Bowers – Orchard Park
Paid for by the Erie County Republican Committee