D.C. Republican Party Elects New Chairman

WASHINGTON — The new chairman of the District of Columbia Republican Party says his goal is to end one-party rule in the city.

Ron Phillips was elected as chairman Thursday night. He replaces attorney Robert Kabel, who served for 8 years.

Phillips is a business and public-relations consultant who’s long been active in Republican politics, mostly in Florida. He’s also worked for Congressman Duncan Hunter of California.

Democrats outnumber Republicans by 11-to-1 in the nation’s capital and maintain a stranglehold on local politics. There are no Republicans on the 13-member D.C. Council.

Phillips also appointed Robert Turner as executive director of the party. Turner is president of the city’s chapter of the Log Cabin Republicans, a gay GOP group. Turner says his goal is to make the party “larger and more inclusive.”

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