By Jon Gambrell
LEBANON - Warren County Republican Party officials have voted in central committee co-chairmen after a divisive primary season.
At Tuesday night's private organizational meeting, central committee chairman Mike Schueler resigned, saying he wanted to focus on President Bush's local re-election campaign, according to executive council co-chairman Tom Grossman.
After a vote to bypass rules allowing for only one chairman, Warren County Engineer Neil Tunisonand party activist Lori Viars were elected to co-chair the position. "Some people did not expect Mike Schueler to resign," said Grossman, who is also a Mason city councilman. "He was replaced by two fine people who are very capable."
Grossman kept his executive council co-chairman position, as did Les Spaeth.
While some said the creation of co-chairmen would spread the amount of work and give the party higher visibility at the state-level, Spaeth said the move could help "mend fences."
"There were people who felt like there should be two people," Spaeth said. "There have been some divisions in the central committee ... and we thought having a co-chair would satisfy that."
After hotly contested primaries for prosecutor and county commissioner, Grossman said the party is looking to be "more inclusive."
"Warren County is very rapidly growing and with the influx of new people with people who have been there for years - there can be a tension," he said.
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