DiGior­gio run­ning for state GOP chair­man

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Lu­cas Rodgers lrodgers@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @Lu­casMRodgers on Twit­ter

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

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