Whidbey sends 2 delegates to Republican national convention

At the Washington State Republican Party Convention May 30 to June 2 in Tacoma, two Whidbey Island residents were among those elected from the 2nd Congressional District to represent this state at the Republican National Convention, to be held Aug. 23 to 30, in Tampa, Fla.

Mary Jane Aurdal-Olson of Clinton was elected as a delegate and Richard Bacigalupi was elected as an alternate delegate. Both Aurdal-Olson and Bacigalupi are supporting Romney at the Republican National Convention.

Aurdal-Olson lives in Clinton with her husband Bruce Olson. She is a long-time Republican activist having served three two-year terms as state committeewoman for the Island County Republican Party and as immediate past-president of the South Whidbey Republican Women’s Club. She also served six years with the Washington Federation of Republican Women as second vice president and club development chair. Aurdal-Olson was a delegate to the 2008 national convention in Minneapolis and the 2004 convention in New York representing Washington’s 2nd Congressional District.

Aurdal-Olson is the 2nd Congressional District chair for the Romney for President 2012 campaign. The district includes all of Island and San Juan counties, and parts of Whatcom, Skagit and Snohomish counties.

Bacigalupi lives in Langley with his wife Carol and daughter Kelsey. He volunteers in many organizations on South Whidbey and is currently vice president of the Langley Community Club, an organization dedicated to making Langley a better place. Bacigalupi is co-owner and principle of E3 Energy Partners, a Seattle-based chemical and process engineering firm within the energy industry. He has been active in the Republican Party for a number of years and is the Republican precinct committee officer for Langley Precinct 1.


Bacigalupi and Aurdal-Olson are members of the newly formed Republicans of Island County, an organization created to further the Republican outreach in Island County and support Republican candidates. Find additional information at



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