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Plum GOP selects new chairman

| Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Stephen Schlauch worked for Republican candidates last November at Regency Park Elementary School.

In December, Schlauch joined the Plum Republican Committee and was named vice chairman.

Schlauch, 30, was elected last week as chairman of the Plum GOP committee.

Schlauch's term expires in June 2014. Schlauch succeeds Brian Rasel who was chairman for several months but resigned because of work commitments.

Rasel had succeeded Dave Majernik, who led the committee for 15 years and stepped down to pursue other activities.

Majernik is the Republican nominee for mayor of Plum in the November election. Majernik also is seeking a seat on Allegheny County Council.

Plum School Board member Kevin Dowdell who is seeking re-election in November was elected vice chairman.

“I am definitely up to taking the task,” said Schlauch, an Export native who has lived in Plum for four years. “I want to help the party and get our local candidates elected.”

With contested races for mayor, tax collector, council and school board, Schlauch said, he realizes the fall campaign will have its challenges.

Schlauch said the Republican candidates this fall must be dedicated to winning the seats.

“We have to outwork the Democrats,” Schlauch said. “We have to go out and campaign. We have to get the message and the facts out.”

Majernik has said the Republicans need to spread the message that they have been fiscally responsible.

Majernik said a working relationship between the Plum GOP committee and the one next door in Monroeville is integral to success in the eastern suburbs.

“Hopefully, we can bring the Republican Party in Monroeville back to life,” Majernik said. “It is really important — that strategic location — to have the party there active and on the ball.”

Chad Stubenbort, 23, selected a few months ago as the new chairman of the Monroeville Republican Committee, said he looks forward to working with Schlauch.

“Plum would be a great community to work with and learn from,” said Stubenbort, who in the spring primary won both the Democrat and Republican nominations for Gateway School Board. “We want to give Monroeville better choices.”

Karen Zapf is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400 ext. 8753 or kzapf@tribweb.com.

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