Beihoffer, an longtime photo I.D. advocate and former chair of the 2nd Congressional District Republicans, easily beat Anderson in a 215-124 vote cast by the state GOP’s central committee. The election was one of the last items on the party’s busy agenda for the weekend, which included endorsing a U.S. Senate candidate and visit from presidential candidate and Congressman Ron Paul.
Beihoffer served as Election Day operations director for the GOP in 2010 and and was appointed as Voting Integrity Director under GOP Chairman Pat Shortridge.
“We must unite as conservatives and work to see our initiatives move forward and our candidates get elected. I am ready to get to work on behalf of our endorsed candidates as we head into November,” Beihoffer said in a news release.
Ahead of the election, Beihoffer criticized Anderson’s move to lobby for a new racino at Canterbury Park shortly following her election to committeewoman last year. Beihoffer argued that lobbying for an issue that divides Republicans was a conflict of interest. Anderson earned criticism for the move last year from former Deputy Party Chair Michael Brodkorb, who noted that expanded gambling is against the party’s platform.
“I want to thank both of our candidates for running for this very important position within the Republican Party,” Shortridge said in a statement. “Janet has served the Republican Party at many levels and in a variety of capacities over the past several years, and we look forward to working with her in this new role to move our state and our country forward.”
Anderson was elected to the post a year ago following the retirement of former committeewoman Evie Axdahl. Beihoffer will now serve in the post for a four-year term. RNC Committeeman Jeff Johnson was also up for reelection, but faced no challenger.