Bandera County chairwoman resigns shortly after reelection

May 9, 2018

Linda K. James has stepped down as Republican Party chairwoman after recently being reelected to the position.

James won reelection as chairwoman in March with 1,472 votes to 967 for Dana Moeller, according to unofficial results.

Moeller, a deputy Bandera County Clerk, who was defeated by James in the March 6 primary has been named as the new party chairwoman.

Moeller tells the Bandera Bulletin that she hopes to “revitalize the party and reenergize it and really get us out there in the eye of the public.”

Lila Ward, a longtime Republican Party member in Bandera County, tells Bandera Bulletin that Moeller is young and has some “wonderful ideas on how to get the party moving.”

“I know Dana will do well,” Ward also stated.

James reportedly declined to explain the reason for her resignation which became effective on April 16.

James tells the Bandera Bulletin that her decision to step away was something that was in her best interest to do. “It’s time to let somebody else have all the fun.”

It has been reported that James had faced internal criticism for failing to hold party meetings that needed to be held, for being unresponsive and for neglecting other responsibilities assigned to her office.

James was not removed from her office, she decided to resign on her own, says Ward.

Moeller has received confidence from Local Republican officials and Evelyn Snyder tells the Bandera Bulletin that “She did an excellent job in the election office for the county and she will put those same skills into action as the Republican Chairwoman.”

Last month, the local executive committee also appointed Jerry Pierce as vice chairman in the county, Ward as the parliamentarian, Tom Riordan as treasurer and Snyder as secretary.