DiGiorgio running for state GOP chairman
Chester County Republican Party Chairman Val DiGiorgio is looking to lead the Republican Party to continued success across Pennsylvania. DiGiorgio recently announced his candidacy for state Republican chairman.
In a letter sent to members of the Republican Party of Pennsylvania, which DiGiorgio posted on Facebook, he said as
state chairman he would approach each day with the mission of giving county chairs and state and local committee members the tools they need to be successful in electing qualified, conservative Republicans to office. “State committee exists to help, support, and work for the county committees, not the other way around,” he added.
DiGiorgio said he has heard two general reoccurring concerns from Republican Party members across the state during the past year: a frustration due to a disconnect between party leaders and the committee members and volunteers; and the party is tired of losing statewide judicial and row office races, which will have sweeping and longlasting ramifications. He said the Republican Party can win these races, and they must do better.
In a phone interview with the Daily Local News Wednesday, DiGiorgio said he decided to run for state Republican chairman because “I think we need some new energy and a new direction in the state GOP.” He said the Republican Party needs to focus on winning the statewide row offices and judicial offices, but there hasn’t been enough emphasis on winning those races, and the party needs to put the emphasis back on grassroots efforts. “It’s a matter of focus and unity, and the leadership needs to make it a priority,” he said.
DiGiorgio said his experience in politics makes him well qualified to lead the Republican Party at the state level. “I’ve worked my way up from committeeman to county chair, and I’ve done everything there is to do in politics, including win races,” he said. “I know how to raise money and motivate and energize party activists. I know how to deliver a message and strategize. These are all things a good state chairman needs to do.”
DiGiorgio said the future looks good for the Republican Party in Pennsylvania, especially if Presidentelect Donald Trump can deliver on creating jobs, there might be a total party realignment, where bluecollar workers in western Pennsylvania and other parts of the state who traditionally have voted Democrat may start to consistently vote Republican.
DiGiorgio said no one else has formally announced their candidacy for state chairman. He said current state Republican Chairman Rob Gleason told him he does not intend to seek another term, but Gleason has not made a public announcement about this. DiGiorgio said Lawrence Tabas, who currently serves as general counsel for the state Republican Party, has expressed interest in the position.
Since 1983, two other Chester County residents have served as state GOP chairmen: former county commissioner and state senator Earl Baker, from 1986 to 1990, and attornrey Alan Novak, from 1996 to 2004.
DiGiorgio has been endorsed Novak.
Pennsylvania Republican Party members will vote for the next state chair on Feb. 4.
DiGiorgio’s letter also included information on his background, accomplishments and qualifications, as well as his vision for the state GOP. DiGiorgio, who was born and raised in South Philadelphia, has been active in the Republican Party since he was 17. He was first elected as a committee member in 1989, and he served as an attorney for former Gov. Tom Ridge’s administration, as well as chief of staff to former state Sen. Melissa Hart, R-40.
DiGiorgio has served as the county GOP chairman for the past five years, and before that he served as county controller for two terms. He is currently a banking and finance attorney, and he has worked in Chester County since 1999. He lives in the Kennett area with his wife and five children.
“I think we need some new energy and a new direction in the state GOP. It’s a matter of focus and unity, and the leadership needs to make it a priority.”
— Val DiGiorgio, Chester County Republican Party chairman