To the Times:
I was recently honored to be selected as the new chairman of the Delaware County Republican Party. The Delaware County Republican Party has a history as the best grassroots organization in the state and I promise, that won’t change. We have a long history of running strong candidates who have been champions of fiscal responsibility and effective, responsive government.
I am calling on any registered Republican voter who is interested in running for office at the school district, township or county wide level to please submit your resume and a letter of intent. I will meet with you individually to find a way that we can all work to keep Delaware County the vibrant community it has always been.
We will demonstrate through our candidates, and the responsible, good-government policies they support, that a Delaware County Republican is dedicated to the betterment of our community, fiscally conservative but empathetic to those of our friends and neighbors who may have been left behind despite a strong economy.
We will not always agree with each other. But we will be candid about our views, and always receptive to new ideas. There will be a process for endorsing candidates, but it will be a transparent process. No Delaware County Republican should be afraid to throw their hat in as a candidate for public office. Please, step up and let your voice be heard.
What we will not do is tell our elected officials up and down the ballot how to run their county or local governments. What we will do is recruit strong, community-oriented candidates who are willing to work hard to get elected and work even harder in public office. I will certainly be a resource for those officials because I know what it is like to sit in that chair and have to make decisions and be answerable to the voters.
Nonetheless, we have challenges ahead of us. But I’m confident that with new leadership and a renewed focus on our good-government values, we can be successful.
I am excited by the challenges we face and I steadfastly believe we will overcome them. I’m looking forward to leading our committee people, candidates, volunteers, supporters and activists as we work together to make Delaware County the best place in the world to live, work and raise a family.
Tom McGarrigle, Chairman, Delaware County Republican Party