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Vt. GOP elects a new chairman

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Saturday marked the end of an era and a new beginning for Vermont's Republican Party.

After struggling with health issues and reports of division within the ranks, Chairman Jack Lindley stepped down from his position. But, he says, he isn't leaving the GOP. 

I will not stay away I will fight we will bring back this state, thank you all, God Speed," said Lindley.

Party leaders say it's time to rebuild Vermont's GOP - and act like a family.

The party held majority and super-majority status throughout much of the state's history - but currently holds only 52 of 180 seats in the legislature.

"I ask for your vote as a commitment to restore the party," John MacGovern spoke to the audience, "We will work to rebuild our party from the ground up starting with our town and county chairs."

John MacGovern, who unsuccessfully ran against Sen. Bernie Sanders in 2012 - and former state representative David Sunderland of Rutland received nominations to lead the party.

MacGovern argued it's time for Republicans to stop being ashamed of their values

"We believe in the right to life. We believe in the protection of marriage and the family," said MacGovern.

But members cast more votes for Sunderland - endorsed by former Gov. Jim Douglas and Phil Scott.

Sunderland says views within the party vary - but the modern tenets are controlling costs - for living, government, education and healthcare.

 "As your chair I will work diligently to bring our varying views together on the core issues that define our party," said David Sunderland.

His success will be based on how many Vermonters cast their votes for his party.

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