Lake Ashton Republican Club
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Lake Ashton Republican Club

January 25 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm


The LARC will be installing a new Board at the January 25, 2023 meeting. We’ve received four nominations, which we will profile here for your information.

The current Board was installed under the old bylaws, which provided for a one-year term for all. Our new bylaws provide for a two-year term, so the new Board will be installed for a longer timer, providing more continuity.

I’ll see you at the LA Clubhouse on Wednesday, January 25 at 3:30 for Social time and check-in, with the Election Meeting starting at 4:00 p.m.

Jim Abney

President, Lake Ashton Republican Club

Gary Johnson has been nominated for the position of President. He is a retired Air Force security policeman with 25.5 years of service experience. He is also an experienced restaurant manager, serving as a general manager of two restaurants. Gary worked as a government civil servant in security, with his last assignment being as an ethics officer for the CDC in Atlanta. He is a life-long Republican and a member of the LARC since 2021. His goal is to take the LARC and enhance on the contributions of the past board members and to increase membership in this outstanding club. He currently serves as the Secretary of the LAIIHOA Board of Directors, LAVA Honor Guard, Citizen Assisted Patrol member, and previously served as a Focus 2025 committee member.

Kristy McKibben currently serves as LARC Secretary, and has been nominated for Vice President. A resident of LA for two years, she is deeply involved with our community, with her first exposure as one of the Winter Haven members of the Focus 2025 Group. She also functioned as an LA ARC Representative for more than a year. She is currently active with the LA Restaurant Selection Group, as well as President of the new LAIIHOA. Kristy’s political passion is focused on taking our country back and rebuilding what has been lost in the last two distastrous years. She has worked the Elections for several years, both as an Inspector and a Poll Watcher. Her real-life work includes that as an advertising and marketing executive, sales executive, retail store manager, plus serving on direct marketing boards for many years. She has been an integral part of the LARC 2022 Board, planning and executing the meetings and events as well as documenting the meetings and writing the member emails.

Linda Sandel has been nominated to serve as Secretary. Linda has been a LA resident for three years, moving here from Minnesota, where she was a sales professional for Sprint for the last 15 years of her career. Passionate about politics, and willing to put in the hours it takes to make a change happen, Linda works at the local level with the Concerned Citizens Defending Freedom (CCDF) as the Winter Haven City Coordinator. She was integral in leading the LARC adoption of Thompson Nursery Road, and heads the successful quarterly clean-ups for Polk County. Linda’s an avid golf and pickleball player, and enjoys helping her mother raise Monarch butterflies.

Brenda Jackson is the nominee for Treasurer. She moved to LA in May of 2021 and has been actively involved in LARC, as well as the Restaurant Selection Group. She has been an unwavering Republican for as long as she can remember, sharing the same values and ideals that represent the very foundation of our party. Her career in Finance, Accounting, IT and process improvement spans 42 years, with the last 10 as the owner of a consulting firm. She has been a member of various Boards, advocating for the traditional values we all hold dear. Brenda was a member of the Wisconsin Federation of Republican Women and Republican Women of Southeastern Wisconsin. Brenda is a loyal LA resident and looks to contribute to the continued excellence of our community by serving your LARC.

Please note: Only residents of Lake Ashton may be members of LARC, and, therefore, officers of the Club.


January 25
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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Lake Ashton Clubhouse
4040 Ashton Club Blvd
Lake Wales, 33859
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