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QGOP Chairwoman Joann Ariola-Shanks and new Republican State Committee Chairman Nick Langworthy
By Michael V. Cusenza
Erie County Republican Committee Chairman Nick Langworthy this week toppled long-serving incumbent Ed Cox to become the New York Republican State Committee chairman.
Cox, who has run the Empire State’s GOP committee for the last ten years, agreed on Monday to step down and cede control to the 38-year-old Langworthy, according to a State committee spokesperson.
Queens County Republican Party Chairwoman Joann Ariola-Shanks was among the first GOP officials in Langworthy’s corner. She told The Forum on Tuesday that she was “so proud” of her decision to commit early support for Langworthy’s bid to succeed the entrenched Cox.
“I believe Nick will get our great party RE-started,” Ariola-Shanks added. “Congratulations Nick Langworthy on your epic WIN!”
Meanwhile, the political veteran Cox has secured a role in President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign.
“He has been a fantastic state party chairman for nearly a decade, and I can’t think of anyone better to help ensure we have the resources we need to compete in 2020,” Trump 2020 Campaign Manager Brad Parscale said of Cox, according to The Buffalo News.
Langworthy, a native of Jamestown in Western NY, has served as chairman of the Erie County Republican Committee since 2010, when at 29 years old he was elected as the youngest chairman of any political party in New York, and in the history of Erie County.
The transfer of power will become official in July at the State committee meeting.