Burnet County Republican chair Wilcox steps down; Chasteen appointed to serve remainder of term

Left: Wilson, Right: Chasteen


After wrapping up her responsibilities for the November 2018 general election, Donna Holland Wilcox stepped down as chairwoman of the Burnet County Republican Party after being elected to three terms since 2014.

“It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve my community in this capacity,” said Wilcox. “My commitment when elected in 2014 was to bring cohesiveness to the Burnet County Republican Party, increase awareness, and implement programs to get more people involved. I’m proud of the official work that the executive committee has done and of the amazing volunteers and activist who have successfully supported conservative candidates and causes across Burnet County and the Central Texas region.”

At a special meeting called by the Burnet County Republican Party executive committee, its members unanimously appointed Kara Chasteen to serve out the remainder of Wilcox’s two-year term, ending in June 2020.

Chasteen previously served as chair of Precinct 15 and a member of the Burnet County Republican Party Executive Committee.

“Kara will do a great job of picking up where I left off as well as bringing in some new ideas to increase conservative voter turnout and involvement among our youth. I look forward to supporting her in every way possible,” said Wilcox.

Three more Burnet County residents were also appointed to the Burnet County Republican Party executive committee: Tammy Hullum as Precinct 17 chair, Kristin Meredith for Precinct 15 chair, and Susan Doyle for secretary.

Chasteen has already begun efforts to organize a Highland Lakes High School Republican Club for students all across the area. She will also continue to raise awareness with Texas legislators PANS (Pediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome) and PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Disorder Associated with Streptococcus), an illness that her son was diagnosed with and successfully treated to full recovery.

Chasteen is an active member of the Republican Party and has served it for more than 30 years. She was raised in the small ranching community of Melvin, Texas, and follows in the Republican footsteps of her parents, who were charter members of the first McCulloch County Republican Party. Kara’s parents instilled the importance of participating in democracy by example, including taking their children to the polls with them.

She has campaigned for Republicans at both local and state levels. She holds a B.S. in Agriculture Economics from Tarleton State University and a M.Ed. in Instructional Technology from West Texas A&M University. She worked in insurance, banking and education before becoming a stay at home parent. She has served the Republican Party as vice president of the Georgetown Area Republican Women before moving to Burnet County.

In the Burnet County Republican Party, Kara served as Precinct 15 chair; board member of the Burnet County Republican Club; and is an active member of the Burnet County Republican Women’s Club. In addition her other activities include board memberships for youth and charitable organizations in Burnet County.

Kara is married to Eric Chasteen and together they have raised two children: Jaye Chasteen, a student at Texas A&M School of Veterinarian Medicine; and Clay Chasteen, an undergraduate student at Angelo State University pursing a degree in Agriculture Education.

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