Lancaster County GOP Begins Search For New Chairman

Lancaster Intelligencer Journal

The Republican Committee of Lancaster County has begun the search for a new chairman.

The party’s interim chairman, state Rep. Scott Boyd, has resigned the post as expected, the GOP announced today.

Boyd was elected by members of the committee in early June to lead the party through the November presidential election after the previous chairman, Ethan Demme, decided against seeking another term.

“It was very intense — in some ways rewarding and gratifying, and in some ways disappointing,” Boyd said of his brief tenure as chairman. “I would have loved to have had a different type of celebration on Nov. 6.”

While Lancaster County voters gave Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney a solid 42,190-vote plurality on Election Day, President Barack Obama carried Pennsylvania on his way to a victory and second term in the White House.

The Republican committee is seeking candidates for chairman through Thursday, Nov. 29, at 5 p.m. Its members will meet to elect a new chairman on Dec. 13. The incoming chairman will fulfill the remainder of Boyd’s two-year term, which runs until early June 2014.

Republicans interested in seeking the post are being asked to deliver a letter of intent and an up-to-date resume to Lancaster GOP headquarters, at 902 Columbia Ave. Candidates will be interviewed by each of the 17 area committee prior to the mid-December meeting.

Boyd, who is retiring from the Legislature this month after 10 years, said the timing of his resignation will allow the committee to elect a new chairman in time for rank-and-file party members to begin the endorsement process in mid- to late January.

Candidates for municipal offices and county judge who are seeking the party endorsement are expected to meet with the area committees before the GOP’s February endorsement convention.

Boyd, a businessman from West Lampeter Township, has represented the 43rd Legislative District since 2003. He has said he intends to return to the private sector. Voters in the district elected county controller Keith Greiner, a Republican, to replace Boyd on Election Day.

For more information on the chairman’s position, visit or call the Lancaster County Republican Committee headquarters at 392-4165.

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