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Santa Clarita Valley Republican charter revoked

Posted: June 23, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: June 23, 2013 2:00 a.m.

One of the two California Republican Assembly chapters in the Santa Clarita Valley was shuttered Saturday after it was alleged that its charter was granted in violation of the governing group’s bylaws.

Prior to Saturday two groups, the Santa Clarita Valley Republican Assembly and the Greater Santa Clarita Valley Republican Assembly, were both chartered by the California Republican Assembly, a statewide organization that focuses on lobbying for conservative causes and endorsing candidates.

The California Republican Assembly organization grants charters based on geographic area, with a limit of one charter per defined space.

However, when the Greater Santa Clarita Valley Republican Assembly was granted its charter in July 2011, it listed its geographic boundaries as the entirety of the Santa Clarita Valley: the same as the already existing Santa Clarita Valley Republican Assembly group.

The second charter was the result of irregularities in the process and should have never been approved in the first place, according to George Park, the membership secretary of the California Republican Assembly.
Park said the geographic conflict means the second charter had to be declared invalid.

Nancy Spicer, president of the Greater Santa Clarita Valley Republican Assembly, said she does not think her group should have to pay the price for a mistake on the state level.

“I think there’s enough room in this valley for two Republican clubs,” Spicer said.

Some of those in attendance asked whether the Santa Clarita Valley even needs two charter groups or whether it would be better for the two groups to unite those efforts.

Park seemed to indicate such a reunion is unlikely.

“In the Old West there were the Hatfields and the McCoys,” Park said. “Enough said.”


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