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Fayette County Democrats elect new chairman

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Thursday, June 19, 2014, 9:12 p.m.

A Uniontown attorney is the new Democratic Party chief in Fayette County.

James Davis was unopposed for the position, which opened when longtime committee chairman Fred Lebder announced in March his intentions to step down.

“I'm humbled and honored by the confidence the committee has placed in me,” Davis said Thursday, following a committee meeting in which he was elected to the post.

“I really don't expect I can fill the shoes of Fred Lebder because he's an iconic figure, with what he's accomplished,” Davis said, noting his priorities will include working with other members of the panel to ensure the election of party candidates and to tackle voter apathy.

Gloria Dillon and Pam Hudson were elected co-vice chairs after a secret vote that ended in a tie, according to Janice Snyder, secretary of the county committee.

Lebder in March announced he would turn over the party reins after serving as chairman for at least 40 years. The state Democratic Party said its records show Lebder was Fayette's committee chairman for 46 years.

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