Chester Republicans Name Garner As New Chairman

Delaware County Times

The Chester Republican Party named Shepard Garner its chairman Wednesday.

Garner, a former city councilman, will launch a grassroots campaign to “redefine the image and message of the party,” according to a press release announcing his new role.

The Republicans lost control of City Hall during the 2011 municipal elections for just the second time in more than a century. The Democrats won every race they entered and now occupy the mayoral and four council seats. As of the last municipal election, the Democrats held nearly a 3-to-1 advantage among registered voters.

“There is a youthful and innovative presence in the party that is ready to work and increase opportunities for Chester residents,” Garner said in the release.

Garner, an accountant at DELCORA, served as a councilman from 2008 to 2011. He lost a bid for re-election during the 2011 municipal election.

The Chester Republican Party Executive Board also includes Vice Chairman Monir Ahmed, Treasurer Thomas Moore and Secretary Trina Byrd.

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