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Politics: GOP narrows search for new leaders

By Jackie R. Broach
Coastal Observer

Two local Republican groups are still looking for new leadership, but at least one of the positions could be filled this month.

The Georgetown County Republican Party is looking for a new chairman to replace Tom Swatzel, who will step down after his second term ends in the spring, and the Waccamaw Neck Republican Club is looking for a new president after Jim Jerow resigned in November.

Both groups have formed committees to find and pick candidates for the positions.

“We’ve put six people together to talk and determine what’s going to happen,” Jerow said of the club. That happened at a meeting Monday night.

“We’ve got to give them a chance to decide what they want to do,” he added. But he’s hopeful they might have a decision as early as next week.

Several people have expressed interest in becoming the club’s president, Jerow said. He has been the club’s president for five years and part of its leadership for 14 years.

A committee formed to select a new county party chairman has been discussing the situation through a series of phone calls, said Glen O’Connell, who chairs the committee.

The group is planning to meet near the end of the month and have a report ready to present to the executive committee on Feb. 2. But Swatzel is expected to have the report sooner.

O’Connell wouldn’t say who or how many are being considered for the position. However, Swatzel said last month that he would like to see Jerow take over as chairman.

Jerow said he is still considering whether that’s something he would be interested in.

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