Former Danville resident selected as Contra Costa Republican Party chairman

Shupe to prioritize getting Republicans elected to local office

As it battles as the minority party in an overwhelmingly liberal region, the Contra Costa Republican Party has unanimously elected Matt Shupe to serve as its chairman for the next two years.

Elected as one of the youngest Republican county chairs in the state at 33 years old, Shupe said that one of his main goals as his party’s leader will be to help elect Republicans to office at a local and regional level.

“Getting Republicans elected to office is priorities one through three,” Shupe told on Thursday. “And the rest are activities to support that through fundraising, and starting up voter registration.”

Shupe, a former Danville resident who now lives in Walnut Creek, will have an uphill battle achieving these goals in Contra Costa County, where Republicans are outnumbered by Democrats by a margin larger than 2:1.

According to the Contra Costa County Clerk-Recorder’s Office data as of June, out of the county's 601,479 registered voters, 125,183 are registered with the GOP. Another 176,061 residents are registered with third parties, while the remaining 300,235 are Democrats.

Combating these figures will may a challenge, but Shupe has seen some positive trends that indicate opportunities for Republicans to take control in certain areas -- opportunities that can be harnessed by speaking to residents about everyday issues.

"It's time for a Republican resurgence in California and the Contra Costa Republican Party will be doing its part to win seats at the local, state and federal level," Shupe said after his selection to be chair. "Republicans and our candidates must be focused on improving the lives of Bay Area residents by addressing out-of-control rents and home prices, some of the worst-in-the-nation traffic and the growing wage disparity in the region."

Originally from the Palm Desert, Shupe moved to Danville six years ago before starting his company Praetorian Public Relations in Walnut Creek, where he is now based, but he still has family living in the San Ramon Valley as well as Pleasanton.

A Fresno State graduate, he double-majored in political science and mass communications in journalism with an emphasis on public relations. Recently he served as communication director for California governor candidate John H. Cox.

Shupe was previously selected as county chairman in March 2018 to serve the remainder of the prior chair's term after their resignation, but this will mark his first full two year term at the position.

The Contra Costa Republicans also elected Cheryl Byle as first vice chair, Fran Cavenaugh as second vice chair, Michele Daugherty as treasurer and John Crowder as secretary at its biennial organization meeting on Jan. 14.

Residents will have the opportunity to listen to Shupe speak when he attends a Commonwealth Club panel titled "Republicans in California: Can the GOP survive?" on Tuesday (Feb. 5), where he will be joined by former assemblywoman Catharine Baker and former State Assembly minority leader Kristin Olsen.

Shupe believes that yes the GOP can survive, and says that statewide there are indicators for optimism.

“I'm actually pretty optimistic for it,” he said. “The first thing that I point to is in 2010 when Meg Whitman ran for governor Republican, voter registration in California was 31% and she spent $116 million on her campaign and she got 41% of the vote. Fast forward to John Cox and voter registration was 24%, that's a 7-point decline. He spent $15 million on that race and we got 38.5%. Republicans statewide get about 40% of the vote, if we were really dead we would have gotten 25%.”

The panel will be held Tuesday from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at The Commonwealth Club, 110 The Embarcadero, San Francisco. Tickets vary in price from $10 to $45.

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38 people like this
Posted by Member
a resident of Danville
on Jan 31, 2019 at 6:18 pm

Its great to see that there are many in the area who share conservative values. Congratulations to this new candidate!

7 people like this
Posted by Demsin 20
a resident of Danville
on Feb 3, 2019 at 12:57 pm

If only the GOP really did stand for "conservative values" they Might be more competitive in these parts. But the party has sold-out to a fiscally bankrupt and morally corrupt trump regime that is repugnant to most voters. As post-mortem polling instructed former Assembly Rep Baker: "Your brand is toxic." Web Link?

Nice to see all few dozen of you are so supportive of your new Don (Quixote), but if you can't re-elect someone of the quality of Ms. Baker, you are truly tilting at windmills.

12 people like this
Posted by Resident
a resident of San Ramon
on Feb 7, 2019 at 6:06 pm

I like President Trump & the politically incorrect way he calls it like it is. He said he would drain the swamp, & the slanted reaction to him by some is just their personal reaction to "draining the swamp".

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