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State GOP Certain to Reelect Chairman at Party Confab

One week after Maryland Democrats ousted their party chairwoman, the Maryland Republican Party will host its fall convention this weekend – and Chairman Dirk Haire is unopposed for reelection.

Haire had been the state party’s top lawyer for more than a decade before taking over as chairman in early 2017.

The state GOP does have a few contested races, however, including a three-way race for first vice chairman.

The incumbent, Michael Higgs, is a former chairman of the Montgomery County GOP who heads the State Department of Assessments and Taxation. He’s facing Brandon Cooper, the Prince George’s County Republican chairman, and Melanie Harris of Baltimore County, who lost a race for the House of Delegates in District 12 this year.

The battle for second vice chairman is a two-way race between Tony Campbell, the GOP’s unsuccessful U.S. Senate nominee, and JoeyLynn Hough, a Frederick County Republican activist. The incumbent, Larry Helminiak, is not seeking another term.

Shannon Wright, the state party’s third vice chair, is being challenged by Matt Adams of Somerset County, and the party secretary, Mark Uncapher, is facing off against Anne White of Anne Arundel County.

The party treasurer, Chris Rosenthal, is unopposed.

The state GOP convention is taking place Friday and Saturday at the Hotel at Arundel Preserve in Hanover.

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