Gagin Elected Belmont County GOP Chairman

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 St. Clairsville, Ohio –  The Belmont County Republican Party has a new chairman.  With outgoing chairman, Josh Meyer, not seeking a second term to concentrate on his run for a seat on the Belmont County Commission this fall, the Belmont County Republican Party Central Committee selected St. Clairsville Attorney, Christopher J. Gagin, as its new chairmanduring its quadrennial reorganization meeting on April 12, 2016, in St. Clairsville. 

David Jones, Cynthia Fregiato and Kelly McCabe were each re-elected to the posts of Vice-Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary, respectively.

Gagin, 48, is no stranger to politics – though not always as a Republican.  For three years, Gagin served U.S. Representative Charlie Wilson, a Democrat, as his District Director and Staff Attorney.  But, Gagin left the Democratic Party and registered as a Republican in 2014.  “Many of my Democrat friends were less than thrilled with my conversion,” Gagin acknowledged.  “However, having worked on the inside, I simply could not support a political agenda that was so harmful to our area – from a national debt of $19 Trillion, to the War on Coal to Obamacare.  Just like a lot of folks in Belmont County, I realized the Democratic party had largely abandoned what I valued – even at the local level - and so I made the switch.”

Gagin, who is also President of Illumination Financial Group LLC and President of the Belmont County Bar Association, has a clear vision as to where he intends to lead the Party.  “Moving forward, the Belmont County GOP will exercise a far more active voice in local debates, and we will provide far more oversight over the county’s financial management.  Electorally, we will upgrade our social media outreach, our candidate support and our candidate training almost immediately because it is time for Republicans to lead at the county commission level, and I make no secret of the fact that we are actively targeting multiple commission seats, with nominees J.P. Dutton and Josh Meyer.  That said, I am also extremely pleased with our overall slate of candidates, which includes Sheriff David Lucas, Prosecutor Dan Fry and Clerk of Courts nominee, Attorney David Trouten,” Gagin said.

“Ultimately, I am extremely grateful and humbled by the Central Committee’s trust in me, and I look forward to the challenges ahead – from our Lincoln Day Dinner on May 11th right through to the campaign this fall.  In the end, I believe a generation of one party rule just isn’t healthy, and it’s now my job to help introduce Belmont County to a new generation of leaders and leadership.”