Susan Cole, co-chair of the committee, said a three-way tie was resolved by ranking the four applicants seeking a gubernatorial appointment to fill Jost’s unexpired term.
“It was tough for us because we had a 3-way tie,” said Cole of their closed session which went from 6:43 p.m. to nearly 8 o’clock. Nov. 1.
In order they are Meyer, Nick Baxter, Mark Schaeperkoetter and Jerry Spurgeon.
Schaeperkoetter’s name was not originally listed when Cole was interviewed for a story last week about candidates seeking the appointment from Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat. Jost was a Republican and had two years remaining on his third 4-year term when he died in October. Nixon said he would make his choice before the end of 2012.
Meyer, Baxter and Spurgeon were scheduled to attend the meeting and had been invited to address committee members — which they did during the portion which was open to the public. Each was given up to three minutes to state their case why they would make the best candidate.
Schaeperkoetter did not speak in public but made the motion to close the meeting. His motion was seconded by Sandra Lackman, Meyer’s sister. Voting by roll call to close the meeting were Schaeperkoetter, Lackman, Cole, Michael and Jeanette Sage, and Sandra Nolan.
As Meyer, Baxter and Spurgeon prepared to leave the meeting, Cole announced the committee would not be announcing its decision until after the governor was notified. That notification was made Friday, said Cole.
Cole said she checked with officials in the governor’s office and was told a family member of a potential appointee could participate in the closed meeting as long as they were a member of the Central Committee.
“Sandra Lackman is a Central Committee member,” said Cole. “As long as they are members they can vote. Every time I had a question I went to the governor’s office. I didn’t go to the (Democratic) party.”
Republican Central Committee members met Oct. 29 in Swiss and selected Gerald Ebker, of Drake, as their nominee for appointment.
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