Sullivan resigns as county’s GOP party chairman in order to continue run for county executive


Reardon Sullivan resigned his submit as the chairman of the Montgomery County Republican Central Committee on Friday right after point out officials claimed remaining in that position even though jogging for county executive was in violation of condition legislation.

Sullivan reported in a statement that he disagreed with the State Board of Elections’ choice, but that he would honor it mainly because major election working day is July 19. He included that if he had remained as chairman, he would have been disqualified from working in November if he wins the main.

Sullivan faces Shelly Skolnick, an lawyer specializing in elder regulation and adult guardianship situations, in the Republican most important for county govt. Skolnick ran unsuccessfully for an at-massive County Council seat in 2018, and for many other county and congressional seats in prior cycles.

“I experience that a legal obstacle at this time would detract from my marketing campaign as effectively as other Republican campaigns through the County,” Sullivan mentioned. “I believe that that we are at a important juncture, and we need to continue to be steadfast in our emphasis [on] the challenges and our promise to make Montgomery County a much better location to reside and get the job done.”

Jared DeMarinis, director of the Division of Candidacy and Campaign Finance for the Condition Board of Elections, emailed Sullivan on Wednesday that he was violating state regulation by protecting his situation as chairman of the county’s Republican central committee though managing for county govt.

“As a prospect, you may perhaps not act or maintain a placement that workout routines typical total obligation for the carry out of a campaign finance entity … . Your placement as a chair of the central committee is in violation of that provision,” DeMarinis wrote.

According to the Republican central committee’s bylaws, Initial Vice Chairman “Mayor” Del Lamiman will come to be performing chairman until an election for the remainder of the 2022 phrase can be held, Sullivan stated.

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The most important Election Working day is July 19. Polls are open up from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and mail-in ballots have to be submitted to a ballot drop box or be postmarked by 8 p.m. on July 19.

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