CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Franklin County Republican Committee has a new chairman to helm the party for the next two years.
James B. Taylor, 63, of Mercersburg, Pa., was elected at a meeting of county committee members Monday night. Taylor was the only nominee for the post and replaces Roger Beckner, who chose not to run for another term.
"There's an immediate goal of maximizing turnout for this election" and getting Republican nominees elected to office in November, said Taylor, chairman of the Greencastle, Pa.-based America's Political Action Committee. "The long-term goal is to build the Republican Party and make it even stronger in Franklin County."
That includes reaching out to young professionals and college students, Taylor said.
Republicans hold a 2-to-1 edge over Democrats among registered voters in the county, according to the county Voter Registration Office.
The Republicans re-elected Kathy Mahon of Chambersburg as treasurer, Taylor said. Roger Osbaugh of Chambersburg was appointed the committee's political director, he said.