- Associated Press - Sunday, December 4, 2016

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - The next chairman of the Maryland Republican Party is the group’s longtime counsel.

Dirk Haire also served as counsel to the successful campaign of Gov. Larry Hogan in 2014.

The party says on its Facebook page that members elected Haire at group’s fall convention Saturday in Frederick.

Executive Director Joe Cluster tells The Baltimore Sun that Haire beat runner-up William Campbell by a 4-1 margin.

Cluster says Haire’s election will help maintain continuity since Haire has worked closely with party leaders for a decade.

Haire succeeds Diana Waterman, who chose not to seek re-election.

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