Republican Party Chair Tal Adair stepping down
Party leader announces he will not seek reelection
April 4, 2017
Summit County Republican Party Chair and former County Council member Tal Adair says he believes government works best when people become involved at the local level.
Adair said "that's really where things start to happen and affect us in our everyday lives."
"That has always been a passion of mine as far as politics and it matters to me what happens locally because I will be here in Summit County for the rest of my life," Adair said.
As Adair is nearing the end of his fourth year as the Republican Party chairman, he reflected on his time leading the local party and the annual convention. He previously served as the district chair for six years for the eastern part of the county.
Adair recently decided that he will not seek reelection and is now accepting applications for his replacement. Party chairs are elected to serve a two-year term, with a four-term limit.
"It's been a lot of fun because you get to know people on a personal level and you just see so many things and experiences that you wouldn't get normally," Adair said. "I got to know families and became friends with everyone from the governor, to those in the Legislature, to our local County Council members."
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Adair said when he first ran for party chair, he "knew that it wasn't going to be for a long time." He added, "Now it is just time for someone else to take the reins."
"You get politicians who are in office for long periods of time and sometimes it is just good for new blood to be there," Adair said. "A good leader knows when it is time to step back and let someone else step in and I think it's an opportune time. I would love to serve again, but I think it is time for someone else."
The Summit County Republican Party Convention is scheduled to be held on Thursday, April 27, at South Summit High School. Anyone can attend the convention, but only the party's central committee will have voting rights. Credentialing is expected to start at 6 p.m.
During the convention, the central committee will nominate a new chairman, vice chair, secretary, treasurer, four regional chairs and a representative to the state central committee. Adair said a few have already shown interest in the open positions.
"I've talked to a few people, but don't know of anyone that has made a decision one way or another to run," Adair said. "I encourage anyone who would like to run to put their hat in the ring and be part of the process."
Adair spoke confidently about the strength of the county's party, which is somewhat counter to the national party's health. He said more people are becoming involved locally.
"I think the party has been growing and people will always continue to be part of that process," Adair said. "We want people to become more involved and, even if you are not affiliated with the party, be involved and part of the process to let your voice be heard."
While serving as party chairman, Adair was appointed to a one-year term on the Summit County Council as the sole Republican. His departure and the election of Glenn Wright and Doug Clyde created an all-Democratic council. However, Adair said he did not see any direct correlation between the council's party affiliations and the strength of the county's party.
While Adair said he is ready to step down from his leadership position, he is contemplating running for the state central committee seat "so I can still be part of that process to help out where I can." He invited anyone who is interested to attend the convention at the end of the month.
"The convention is the grassroots effort for the Republican Party and it is an exciting time to get involved at the local level," Adair said. "Summit County really does matter and now is the time to get organized and be part of that process, even if it is just to come and learn about it."
The Republican Party Convention is scheduled to be held on Thursday, April 27, at South Summit High School. Credentialing is expected to start at 6 p.m. Anyone interested in applying for one of the open positions can contact Tal Adair at 801-201-3601.
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