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Washoe County GOP has new leader

Washoe County GOP has new leader

CREATED Apr 22, 2013

RENO, Nev. (AP) -- Despite endorsements from Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki and at least two state lawmakers, Washoe County Republican Chairman Dave Buell has failed in a re-election bid.

Tom Taber, a retired United Airlines captain and unsuccessful Assembly candidate in November, defeated Buell in a vote of 282 central committee members Thursday.

The final tally was not immediately disclosed, but Buell told the Reno Gazette-Journal that he lost by a "vast majority."

Last month, Krolicki and Republican state Sens. Greg Brower of Reno and Don Gustavson of Sparks endorsed Buell's re-election, citing his fundraising abilities and leadership in electing Brower in 2012.

Taber's two-year term begins July 1.

Among other steps, Taber says he'll organize volunteers and obtain input from the community to help Republican candidates.

Information from: Reno Gazette-Journal,