Carroll GOP Central Committee chooses Kriete to replace member who resigned over gun raffle; She is an officer of South Carroll Republican Club


Robin Kriete of Eldersburg was elected Thursday night to the Carroll County Republican Central Committee, replacing Betty L. Smith, who resigned in January in protest of the organization's gun raffle.

Kriete has been actively involved with the Republican Party more than five years, starting with the South Carroll Republican Club. She was treasurer two years, president two years and is vice president.

"Through her efforts, the South Carroll club has become very strong, with quite a few new members there," said W. David Blair, Central Committee chairman. "She's been very active and involved, a very strong supporter of the party."

She was co-director for Ellen R. Sauerbrey's 1998 gubernatorial campaign in Carroll County. She is director for Paul Rappaport of Howard County for U.S. Senate.

When the opening on the Central Committee arose last month, "opportunity knocked and I took it," Kriete said, adding she probably will run on her own in the 2002 election.

Kriete said she had to submit a resume and interview for the Central Committee position. The eight remaining members then voted.

"We're looking forward to working with Robin the next three years and feel she'll be a tremendous asset to the committee," Blair said.

Kriete's agenda as a member is to continue to promote the Republican Party throughout Carroll County, she said.

"I love this county, I want to preserve and help keep it a beautiful county," she said. "I consider this an honor to be able to serve and a privilege."

A longtime county resident, Kriete, 38, is a graduate of Frostburg State University, with a bachelor of arts degree in elementary education. She is a senior sales executive with Corporate Express Imaging based in Laurel, but works at home so she can care for her children, Alex, 10, and Alanea, 5.

She and her husband, Jim, have been married almost 17 years.

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