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Saratoga County GOP must replace longtime leader

Jasper Nolan to retire after 27 years heading party

Longtime Saratoga County Republican Committee Chairman John‘Jasper’ Nolan, in his Saratoga Springs office. He’s set to retire at the end of September when the committee elects a new chairman.

Longtime Saratoga County Republican Committee Chairman John‘Jasper’ Nolan, in his Saratoga Springs office. He’s set to retire at the end of September when the committee elects a new chairman. Photo by Julie Cushine-Rigg.

— “We have a young Republican party in our Young Republican Club in the county … I think we have to get it more energized,” said Callaghan.

He also noted that Nolan has done “tremendous service over a27-year period” and he would continue that work. He said his focus would be a little different than Nolan’s but doesn’t plan on changing a lot of what has already been done.

Callaghan said he would employ social media to get the party “more energized.”

“I think the core message of the Republican Party should resonate with the young kids if it’s properly packaged,” he said.

Herrick has been working within the county committee for 35years, holding positions of chairman for the Stillwater Republican Committee and the Saratoga Springs Republican Committee.

He said he’s served in various positions within the party over the years and that being chairman is the “next logical step” in his involvement.

One of the issues that Herrick would like to address is the Saratoga County Republican Committee’s bylaws.

“We need to revise our bylaws, they haven’t been amended since1996, they’re very outdated and we need better guidelines to follow for candidates seeking office,” he said.

Getting more people involved with the committee is also on Herrick’s docket.

“We have a lot of talented people and volunteers in the campaign. I’d like to get them more involved and develop new leaders for the future,” he said.

He added that 27 years in the position of chairman is “like a lifetime in politics” and that Nolan has a passion for politics like nobody else.

“He didn’t look for anything for himself … he wanted to provide good government,” said Herrick.

Twenty one city and town committees will be endorsing candidates in the coming weeks leading up to the late-September meeting of the county GOP, where a successor will be named.

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