Franklin County Democratic Committee chairman resigns

July 10, 2012
  • Paul Politis
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CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — At a special meeting called by Stephen Harris, Acting Chair of the Franklin County Democratic Committee, committee members accepted the resignation letter of County Chair Paul Politis, according to an email from the Franklin County Democratic Committee received Tuesday morning.

Politis cited personal challenges, multiple competing volunteer obligations, and mixed emotions as contributing to his decision to resign, the email says. He plans to continue to work tirelessly in the quest to elect more Democrats to local, state, and federal offices, it notes.

After the resignation, committee members took nominations for vacant executive committee positions, the email says.

Stephen Harris, committeeman from Washington Township 2, was elected as county chair.

Sheldon Schwartz, committeeman from Antrim Township 1, was elected 2nd Vice Chair. Jere Perry Jr., committeeman Letterkenny Township 1, remains as treasurer.

Garrett Blanchet, committeeman Washington Township 5 and Pa. state committeeman, and Sheri Morgan, committeewoman Greencastle Borough 2 and Pa. State Committeewoman, remain in their executive committee positions.

 Politis’ resignation was followef by a promise to  Politis and to the county’s other 25,000-plus registered Democrats of a commitment to move forward, the email says.

The FCDC members expressed admiration for and thanked Mr. Politis for his dedication to the FCDC and his many years of service, according to the email.

“The Franklin County Democratic Committee brings together the political aspirations of a large and diverse group of people who share a core set of values. We believe in rewarding honest, hard work with a living wage and a fair tax system, family values that are more than a political slogan, high quality public education, freedom from government interference in our private lives and personal decisions, security in our homes and safety on our streets, providing affordable, high quality health-care to all Americans, laws that protect and preserve our environment, a strong United States - morally, economically, and militarily, and an honest and open government that is accountable to the American people,” the email says.

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