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BCGOP chief won’t seek re-election; might run for office or be consultant
Thursday, 02 February 2017 17:05

From Staff Reports

Nathan West announced on Jan. 23 that he will not seek re-election as chairman of the Buncombe County Republican Party.

He was elected on March 14, 2015 to lead the local party into the 2016 presidential election cycle, West noted in a press release.

“Today, a little less than two years later, I am proud to say that we have elected President Donald J. Trump, increased our voting total wins holding all County Commission seats, and turned out more Republican votes in Buncombe County in more than a decade....”

West added that “it is with mixed emotions that, after serving two years as your chairman, that I notify you I will not be seeking re-election to this position. I look forward to assisting my successor once they are elected at our county convention on March 23, 2016.”

Further, he said, “It has been an honor to serve as the communications director and then chairman for the last six years, and it is time for me to the future to assist our party in advancing its core principles and values in other ways.  I look forward to the work ahead and as I turn over the gavel to my successor, I do so with confidence and continued dedication to the Republican Party.”

West, who is an insurance adjuster, told local news media recently that he made his decision not to seek re-election in December to give the party time to consider candidates for the chair. He said candidates for the seat — who will strategize for 2018 state and local elections — will announce their entries into the race soon. He declined to name who plans to run.

West also noted that his future opportunities could include running for office — or working as a consultant with other GOP candidates. 

The BCGOP will elect new leaders at its March 23 convention in Ferguson Auditorium at A-B Tech. The meeting is open to all registered Buncombe County Republicans.



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