State Republicans elect new national committeewoman

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Kansas Republicans on Saturday elected a top aide to former Gov. Sam Brownback as their new national committeewoman.

Kim Borchers, who worked as deputy chief of staff and appointments secretary for Brownback, was elected to replace Helen Van Etten as a Kansas representative on the Republican National Committee.

Borchers defeated Republican activists Diane Macheers and Alana Roethle to win the spot in state party leadership.

In the first round of balloting, Borchers led with 84 votes, followed by Macheers with 47 votes and Roethle with 45.

The winner needed 89 of the 176 credentialed committee members to win the position.

Kim Borchers

In the second round, Borchers received 109 votes to 63 for Macheers.

After leaving the Brownback administration in 2017, Borchers went to work for the Foundation for Government Accountability, a conservative advocacy group in Naples, Florida.

As director of leadership development, Borchers said she could promote welfare-to-work programs and oppose expansion of the Afforable Care Act.

Borchers’ LinkedIn page shows she is now the president and owner of a recruiting and consulting firm.

Borchers’ firm is described as a “boutique recruitment firm for C-suite talent placement and professional development in all business lines of state and federal government.”

Last weekend, Borchers won the endorsement of Brownback’s wife, Mary.

Mary Brownback called Borchers “a warrior for her beliefs.”

“Kim is committed to conservative values. She has defended and advanced them for many years. She will continue to fight for them as Kansas Republican National Committeewoman,” Mary Brownback wrote.

Van Etten is stepping down as a national committeewoman after serving three terms starting in 2008.