GOP Chair­man DiGior­gio re­signs

The Mercury (Pottstown, PA) - - FRONT PAGE -

WEST CH­ESTER >> Ch­ester County Repub­li­can Com­mit­tee Chair­man Val DiGior­gio sub­mit­ted his res­ig­na­tion on Fri­day.

The res­ig­na­tion fol­lows a se­ries of set­backs for the Repub­li­can Party in the midterm elec­tions, where Democrats ousted Repub­li­cans in the state Leg­is­la­ture and won Ch­ester County’s Con­gres­sional seat.

DiGior­gio served as Ch­ester County party chair­man since he was first elected in Oc­to­ber 2011. Dur­ing his ten­ure as chair­man, DiGior­gio led Ch­ester County Repub­li­cans to nu­mer­ous elec­toral vic­to­ries, but the party’s for­tunes de­clined in the last two elec­tion cy­cles.

Democrats won sev­eral Ch­ester County row of­fices in 2016 for the first time in a cen­tury, fol­lowed up by gains in Congress and the Penn­syl­va­nia Leg­is­la­ture in 2018.

DiGior­gio also serves as chair­man of the Repub­li­can Party of Penn­syl­va­nia.

Ch­ester County Repub­li­can lead­ers and elected of­fi­cials thanked DiGior­gio for his lead­er­ship and praised his suc­cess as chair­man.

“I would like to thank Val for all of his years of ded­i­cated and tire­less ser­vice to the Repub­li­can Com­mit­tee of Ch­ester County. Val brought tremen­dous lead­er­ship to the role, his com­mit­ment to this or­ga­ni­za­tion was sec­ond to none,” said Act­ing Chair­man Steve San­sone. “I look for­ward to over­see­ing the elec­tion and smooth tran­si­tion to our on his ser­vice as chair­man of the Ch­ester County GOP and his ser­vice to all the cit­i­zens of Ch­ester County in that role. Val un­der­stands that the vi­brancy of our Democ­racy is de­pen­dent upon mul­ti­ple can­di­dates be­ing on the bal­lot for ev­ery po­si­tion, giv­ing the vot­ers choices. He’s a hard worker whose ul­ti­mate goal, as party chair, and as an elected of­fi­cial was to pro­vide good gov­er­nance for all of us. I wish him well,” com­mented Ch­ester County Com­mis­sioner Ter­ence Far­rell

“Val was my right-hand guy. I trusted and be­lieved in his phi­los­o­phy that the Repub­li­can Party of­fers the best so­lu­tions to the is­sues fac­ing Ch­ester County. He is a dear friend and I wish him the best as he de­parts from the role as RCCC Chair,” re­flected State Rep. Harry Lewis Jr.

“I am sorry he can no longer serve us in the county but I un­der­stand given his state party du­ties. He ded­i­cated his political life to our great county and served it as a pub­lic of­fi­cial and county chair with hard work and al­ways us­ing his con­sid­er­able tal­ent. Ev­ery time I ran for of­fice or en­coun­tered a political ques­tion that needed trou­bleshoot­ing Val was al­ways there. I wish him the best,” com­mented State Rep. War­ren Kampf.

“Val has been a strong leader in Ch­ester County whose sup­port was in­stru­men­tal in my 2016 state se­nate vic­tory. His fo­cus on the state repub­li­can party will be a key com­po­nent to en­sur­ing our party’s suc­cess in all ar­eas of the com­mon­wealth,” said Sen. Tom Kil­lion.

In ac­cor­dance with Repub­li­can com­mit­tee by­laws, Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Chair­man Steve San­sone will serve as Act­ing Chair­man. Pur­suant to those by­laws, a con­ven­tion for the pur­poses of elect­ing a new County Chair will be called for no later than 45 days fol­low­ing the va­cancy. For­mal no­tice will be sent to the elected members of the County Com­mit­tee within 10 days.

Members of the County Com­mit­tee present or present by proxy at the con­ven­tion will vote to elect the next County Chair to fill the bal­ance of the cur­rent term. The term will ex­pire in June 2020.

Val DiGior­gionext chair­man.”“Val should be com­mended for his tire­less work and ded­i­ca­tion to the Repub­li­can Party of Ch­ester County. So many of us in elected of­fice (past and present) have ben­e­fit­ted from his en­ergy, en­thu­si­asm, and hard work,” com­mented Ch­ester County Com­mis­sioner’s Chair­woman Michelle Kich­line“I’d like to com­mend Val

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