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Local GOP charts new course with recent election

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Mark UncapherMark Uncapher PHOTO BY GLYNIS KAZANJIANMontgomery County Republicans ousted their first-term leader in favor of returning a former chairman to the party's top spot on Tuesday, amid concerns over candidate recruitment and the party's image in the age of Donald Trump.

The close vote (22-24) of the MCGOP Central Committee replaced first-term Chairman Richard Jurgena in favor of Treasurer Mark Uncapher, who returns to the Chairmanship he once held for five terms.  Members voting to oust Jurgena stressed the need to change strategy in what will be a pivotal midterm election next year.

"I think we need to move in a different direction," former party chairman Michael Higgs said during a speech nominating Uncapher for the Chairmanship.

Higgs noted that Montgomery County will play an important role in next year's gubernatorial election, and with "everything" resting on whether Republicans can convince independents and Democrats who may like Governor Larry Hogan (R) to come out and vote for a Republican even if they dislike President Trump, a seasoned hand needs to be at the helm.

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Democrats outpace Republicans in new voter registrations in Montgomery

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ROCKVILLE – With early voting beginning in one week, Montgomery County Democrats are out-registering Republicans by an eight-to-one margin, according to the County Board of Elections.

From Sept. 1 through 30, the number of registered Democrats in the county increased from 377,130 to 381,837, a total of 4,707 additional registered voters.

During the same time period, the Republicans increased their total from 121,492 to 122,075, an increase of 583 voters, less than the 1,002 people who joined the ranks of unaffiliated voters.

That came one month after the Republican voter roll dipped by 376 voters while Democrats increased their voter roll by 1,114 voters.

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