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Theobald steps down as chair, committee elects Chapman

During last year's political campaign for Manlius town supervisor, then candidate Ed Theobald promised that if he was fortunate enough to win the seat, he would step down as chairman of the Town of Manlius Republican Committee.

Not only are both jobs time-consuming, he said, but there can also be a conflict of interest when you're trying to govern objectively.

On Feb. 25, Theobald kept his promise and resigned.

"When you're Republican committee chairman, you're doing things politically, and I feel that there had to be a separation," Theobald said. "I didn't want it to interfere with my governing duties as the town supervisor."

Onondaga County Republican Committee Chairman John DeSpirito appointed longtime Vice President Chair Francine Goldstein to serve as interim prior to the special election.

On March 23, the committee voted in former chairman Hank Chapman, who served, prior to Theobald, for 10 years. He will finish out the remainder of Theobald's two-year term and run again in the general election this fall.

"I am very excited and anxious to get to work and continue the good work of our town of Manlius Republican committee members," Chapman said.

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