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Callaghan says he'll run for chairman of Saratoga County GOP

As praise for retiring Saratoga County Republican Committee Chairman Jasper Nolan continues to come in, his first potential successor has announced his candidacy.

Committee Treasurer J. Christopher Callaghan issued a statement today saying he will be a candidate to succeed Nolan, who revealed on Saturday that he will not seek another term as chairman in this September's election.

Crediting Nolan with leading from the front and demonstrating a lack of self-interest, Callaghan said he wants to build on the last 27 years of success the committee has had. “We can make much greater and more effective use of technology and we must engage social media to spread our message,” he said in his announcement. “People are flocking to Saratoga County because of low taxes and a great quality of life. That success is largely due to Republican leadership and our job is to communicate that to our new neighbors."

He said his candidacy has the support of Waterford Town Supervisor John Lawler and Waterford Republican Chairman Dick Hurst.

Callaghan, a former county treasurer, ran unsuccessfully for state comptroller in 2006.

Saratoga Republican County Committee Vice Chairman John Herrick said on Saturday that he will make his own intentions about the top spot known soon.

Nolan, who hasn't publicly backed a successor, received warm praise today in a statement from the State Republican Committee Chairman Ed Cox.

""On behalf of the officers, members and staff of the New York Republican State Committee, I offer sincere thanks to Chairman Nolan for his dedicated service and strong leadership as chairman of the Saratoga County Republican Committee," Cox said.

"Under Jasper's guidance, the Saratoga GOP has been a vibrant organization electing Republicans to all levels of government, with a focus on limited government, lower taxes, less spending, and local control. Jasper has worked tirelessly to ensure the nomination and election of qualified, dedicated public servants."

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