In a historic election, the Boone County Republican Executive Committee elected entirely new leadership on Monday, June 2.
Larry Lyon has chaired the party close to 50 years.
“I have fought for this county and its people for a very long time,” Lyon said. “I am 86 years old, and it is time for someone else to pick up the reins and take us forward.”
Romney Nelson, a Republican member said, “Larry, you have served us for a long time and we greatly appreciate you sir. Thank you.”
The new chairman of the committee is 28-year-year old Joe McCormick of Racine.
McCormick is a fire fighter with the Racine Volunteer Fire Department and has been for well over three years, as well as an underground coal miner at Speed mining where he operates a longwall sheerer.
“I never really thought about getting involved in politics until politics got involved with me,” McCormick said. “President Obama has done everything in his power to kill the coal industry, take our jobs and leave us with nothing. The simple fact of the matter is that most of the lifetime politicians that have held office for a long time have gone right along with him without a peep. The only person I have really saw that is fighting for the miners and our way of life is Delegate Josh Nelson.”
McCormick says Nelson has gone all the way to the U.S. Congress to fight for coal legislation.
“Josh has fought to use the 10th Amendment for states rights to protect coal jobs and I have watched the leadership shut it down,” he said. “They simply do not want to change things, period. We have to do something and we have to do it now.”
Barry Howell, of Van, has been elected as the secretary.
Howell said that he is “tired of watching all of our jobs and the mines go down in flames while most of the current leadership does nothing.”
“It’s time we fight,” Howell said.
Libby Brown, of Wharton, was elected as the new treasurer. She is also an avid advocate for changing things.
McCormick said that her leadership is vital to turning things around.
In closing, Mccormick said, “The definition of insanity is trying the same thing over and over and expecting different results. We are on fire for our people and we are passionate about our way of life. We will not go down without a fight and allow Obama, Washington D.C., and the liberal leadership of Charleston to take us down with them. We are Pro-God, guns, jobs, life, coal and pro-liberty. We believe in hard work and we believe hard work should pay off. Our people deserve opportunity. This is about principles, nothing more, nothing less.” Mccormick also said that if anyone would like to join them that they would be honored to have the help.