On June 5th, Central Committee members voted in the first woman as our Party’s new Chairman.
Chardon City Councilman Nancy McArthur replaces Ed Ryder, who announced earlier this year that he would not seek re-election to the unpaid position. Ryder had served since 2008.
Some of McArthur’s goals include improving community outreach and communications, establishment of a Young Republicans group, and creating a county party platform.
Other officers elected were Jim McConnell of Chester Township as Vice Chair, Jane Zimmermann of Middlefield Village as Secretary, and Kevin O’Reilly of Parkman Township as Treasurer. In addition, Richard Dobre was elected Vice Chair of the Executive Committee.
Typically the Party Chairman also becomes a member of the four-member county Elections Board. However, Ryder will continue to serve on the Elections Board and his term expires at the end of 2016. McArthur cannot serve as an Elections Board member because she is an elected official. McArthur also is running Nov. 4 as the Republican candidate for Ohio House of Representatives District 99 against Democrat incumbent John Patterson.
Newly elected Central Committee precinct members who attended the June 5th meeting were sworn into office as well.
A big thanks to all outgoing officers: Chairman Ed Ryder, Vice Chair Blake Rear, Secretary Roberta Halford, and Treasurer Frank Gliha. Also thanks to their spouses and family members for all their hard work over the years. Thanks to Jan Blair and Michelle Lane for serving as Chairwoman the past few years. Jan will remain President of the Geauga Republican Women’s group until the end of this year.
Please contact Chairman McArthur at 440-226-1724 if you’d like to serve on a Committee. Several committees need help: communications, fundraising, candidate support, events, and Young Rs. We also need volunteers for the Geauga County Fair.