Sunday, July 13, 2014

Why Won't Tountas Seek Another Term As Ottawa GOP Chair?

West Michigan Politics recently confirmed Ottawa County Republican Party Chairman will not seek another term. We talked to him about the decision recently.

"It's time to let someone else serve," Tountas said. "I sought a second term to solidify some of the things we started in my first term. I think I have done that."

Tountas notes past chairs only served one term.

"Jon DeWitte and Brad Slagh only served one term," Tountas noted, putting his decision not to seek a third term in perspective.

Tountas (who was recently named a partner at his law firm, Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge) believes the party has grown in a positive direction during his time as Chair.

"I wanted to get more young people involved in the Executive Committee and in the party in general and we have done that," Tountas said. "We have reached out to community groups and constituencies we didn't (do a good job) engaging with in the past... I think we have laid a great foundation for the next chairman."

Tountas also notes that "regardless of what one thinks about Governor Snyder, or Senator Meekhof, or whoever, we still have to fund our local operation and keep our local party strong-we still have to pay Faith." (Faith Steketee, Ottawa County GOP Executive Director)

Will Tountas be running for Ottawa County Prosecutor, or State Legislature in 2016 or 2018?

"I have no plans to seek Countywide elected office," Tountas said.

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