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June 13th, 2012

Voter Guide: Iowa Republican National Committeewoman

Four candidates have announced their intention to run for National Committeewoman at this weekend’s Iowa Republican state convention. Current National Committeewoman Kim Lehman opted not to seek a second term. Delegates to the state convention will choose Lehman’s successor. Candidates must be nominated from the convention floor. They will each have five minutes to speak. The office carries a four-year term.

Here is an overview of each of the four announced candidates, alphabetically by last name:

Judy Davidson – Scott County

Davidson is in the midst of her second term as the Scott County GOP chair. She has been given a lot of credit by Governor Branstad and others for organizing a team of volunteers that helped Republicans carry the county in the 2010 governor’s race for the first time since 1994, as well as securing all three seats on the county board and a majority of the county’s five-member legislative delegation. Some Ron Paul supporters were critical of Davidson’s handling of the Scott County GOP convention and even attempted to reconvene it two weeks later, despite being told by RPI Chairman A.J. Spiker their efforts were illegitimate.

Prior to having her first child, Davidson was an assistant dean at the University of Richmond, a program director at the University of Maryland, the director of conventions for the National Association of Elementary School Principals, and worked for the Greater Pittsburgh Convention and Visitors Bureau. She then became a stay-at-home mother.

Why are you running for national committeewoman?

“Because I believe I can make a difference. I want to work for all Iowa Republicans to maintain our First-in-the-Nation status. I also want to open communication lines with all Iowa Republicans. I have the time and ability to travel throughout the state to do that. I think communication is a priority.”

What makes you the best person for the job?

“Because I’ve been a grassroots activist for a long time. I started off as just a general volunteer making phone calls and doing mailings. I worked my way up to becoming a precinct captain, secretary, and now two terms as the county chair. I feel I can use that experience to relate to all Iowa activists throughout the state to advocate for Iowa Republicans. This is my passion. I love what I do.”

Who did you support in the 2012 Iowa Caucus?

Davidson remained neutral publicly. She says she did not attend the caucus because of a family obligation that was scheduled a year in advance when the caucus was originally scheduled for February 6. After consulting with the Scott GOP executive committee, they advised her to keep the family obligation.


Kim Pearson – Polk County 

Pearson was elected to the Iowa House in 2010 as the representative for District 42. She opted not to run for reelection this year. While in the House, Pearson introduced articles of impeachment against the remaining Iowa Supreme Court judges, as well as Personhood legislation, while publicly opposing a late term abortion ban due to some of the language in the bill. Pearson has been publicly critical of her Republican colleagues at times and told the Des Moines Register last September that she was working to recruit conservatives to run in primaries against some sitting House representatives.

Pearson is a retired attorney and private home educator. She was born in Nebraska and raised in Iowa.

Why are you running for national committeewoman?

“The future of our Constitutional Republic hangs in the balance.  I believe that faithful adherence to Republican Party principles is the only way we can restore the United States of America and deliver a bright future to our children and grandchildren.  I am running to champion our freedom-loving, conservative-embracing Constitutional principles.  The Republican party must put their principles into action and become a trustworthy voice for freedom.”

What makes you the best person for the job?

“I have, by God’s Grace, upheld my oath of office to defend the Constitutions of the State of Iowa and the United States of America.  I have voted with faithful adherence to the God-honoring, Republican party platform.  I understand that maintaining the First-in-the-Nation caucus is critical.  It is perhaps the best way to educate and energize Iowa citizens to become involved in the governance of their State and country.”

Who did you support in the 2012 Iowa Caucus?

Pearson publicly endorsed Ron Paul in June 2011.


Tamara Scott – Warren County

Scott is the Iowa director for Concerned Women of America, a public policy women’s organization that focuses on pro-life and pro-family issues. She lobbies lawmakers on these issues at the State House. Scott was appointed to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights State Advisory Committee for Iowa and has served on numerous boards and government committees, as well as volunteering for many campaigns and ballot issues.

Scott occasionally fills in as a guest host on WHO Radio for Jan Mickelson and Simon Conway. She also serves on the Warren County Economic Development Corporation board.

Why are you running for national committeewoman?

“I think it’s critical that we have someone who works to maintain Iowa’s First-in-the-Nation status. I can do that wholeheartedly. I think we’re all aware of the war waging within the party. With my record of being able to work with people inside the party, outside the party and across the party lines, I think I can bring people together.”

What makes you the best person for the job?

“I have experience working with policymakers and with the media. I have developed many contacts with them over the years. Those are important assets to this position. The national committeewoman is going to be one of the faces of the party. It’s very important that this person be able to bring people together and find those points that we can on as a team.”

Who did you support in the 2012 Iowa Caucus?

 Scott was a state co-chair for Michele Bachmann’s campaign.


Margaret Stoldorf – Montgomery  County

Stoldorf has been the Montgomery County GOP chair for approximately eight years. She also served on the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors. Stoldorf opted not to seek a second term so they she could care for her ailing mother.

Stoldorf has run a family farm and is a small business owner. She has experience working for Fortune 25 corporations.

Why are you running for national committeewoman?

 “I’m running because I think I can make a difference. I think I can be the voice that will not only help Iowa, but be the voice that every candidate, every elected official needs.”

What makes you the best person for the job?

“Because I have experience both working with the party and in the business sector. As someone who has served as a county chair and supervisor, worked for some of the top corporations, as well as being a small business owner, I have all the tools necessary to perform the job that is entailed as the national committeewoman.”

Who did you support in the 2012 Iowa Caucus?

Stoldorf endorsed Rick Santorum and spoke on his behalf at the caucus.

About the Author

Kevin Hall
Kevin Hall brings almost two decades of journalistic experience to TheIowaRepublican. Starting in college as a radio broadcaster, Hall eventually became a television anchor/reporter for stations in North Carolina, Missouri, and Iowa. During the 2007 caucus cycle, Hall changed careers and joined the political realm. He was the northwest Iowa field director for Fred Thompson's presidential campaign. Hall helped Terry Branstad return to the governor's office by organizing southwest Iowa for Branstad's 2010 campaign. Hall serves as a reporter/columnist for

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