MASON CITY – Cerro Gordo County Republicans announced yesterday that they were changing the name of the county’s party headquarters office to honor a former chairwoman.
The Cerro Gordo County Republican Party “Victory Office” is now the “De Byerly Victory Office”. The announcement was made Wednesday afternoon during an open house event, attended by GOP candidates and Jeff Kauffman, State GOP Chairman.
De Byerly was elected as Cerro Gordo County Central Committee Chair in 1998. Later that year, De was elected to the Republican Party of Iowa State Central Committee where she served until 2002.
According to current GOP County Chairwoman Barb Hovland, De Byerly “was instrumental in making Iowa a ‘RED’ state for the first time in 2 decades from her work as the State Organization Coordination in 2003 of the Bush/Cheney ’04 campaign.
“I have known the Byerly family since I was a child,” Hovland continued. “I grew up just a few blocks away from De and her family. As a child, I would frequent the family’s business, Earl’s Fruit Market on Federal Avenue. For me, as the current CGC GOP CoChair, to unveil the dedication to De yesterday meant so much to me.”
De Byerly currently resides in Florida with her daughter. W.C. Byerly (De’s brother-in-law) attended the open house to represent De yesterday.