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Ralph M. Mohr is the new Lancaster Republican town chairman.

Mohr was unanimously elected during a meeting called by the committee, ending a rancorous period for the local GOP, which has been fractured over the past year.

With the turmoil in the past, Mohr said last week , the party will now concentrate on finding candidates for next year's municipal elections, when the town supervisor, two council seats, town justice and town clerk are up.

Currently, one of the two council seats is held by a Republican. Democrats hold all other seats.

The Republican council member, Richard Zarbo, is interested in running for supervisor and is expected to seek the committee's endorsement. If he doesn't get endorsed, Zarbo has said he will support whomever the Republican committee supports.

Mohr said he is keeping an open mind and inviting anyone interested in running for office to contact the local party.

Mohr, who is also Republican Erie County Elections Board commissioner, earlier this year headed a slate of Lancaster Republicans who challenged the former chairman, James Perry, and his supporters.

Mohr and his slate easily took control of the committee. The former chairman resigned even before he lost the chairmanship.

But with Perry out of the picture, there was no one to call a local committee meeting so that a new chairman could be selected.

Under the county GOP by laws, the Republican County chairman is supposed to then call a meeting.

But that never happened.

Mohr speculated that Chairman Robert Davis didn't want to see Mohr elected town chairman. But Davis denied that, and his assistant, Bradley J. Stamm, said Friday that it was a misunderstanding. Mohr said the local Republicans were waiting for Davis to call a meeting. Stamm said the county party was waiting for instructions from the local Republicans on when they wanted a meeting held.

Stamm said that when he contacted Mohr on the issue recently, Mohr said the committee was calling its own meeting. The meeting was held Wednesday night.

The county committee accepts the results of the committee's meeting and Mohr's election, Stamm said.

"We (with county committee) are looking forward to working with all of our town chairs," Stamm said.


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