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Shickles steps down as GOP chair

The chairman of the Harrison County Central Republican Party is stepping down after serving 10 years.
Larry Shickles made the announcement Sunday night at the biennial Outlook Dinner, held at the Lanesville Heritage Community Center.
‘It’s been a great journey. I’m going to do something different,’ he said, declining to elaborate.
He told those gathered for the evening that he was appreciative of the opportunity to serve them during the last decade.
‘We have had a lot of opportunities,’ he said. ‘It’s been a great time for Harrison County Republicans.’
Highlights during his tenure included appearances by U.S. Sen. Richard (Dick) Lugar, Bob Doyle, Mitch Daniels before he was elected governor, Kent Benson and Lynne Cheney, wife of Vice President Dick Cheney.
He challenged the next chair, which a committee has been formed to select, to be aggressive, have a vision and ‘give ’em hell.’
Also at the meeting, several people indicated their intent to run for office in 2008. They include:
Incumbents Sherry Brown, Harrison County Circuit Clerk, and Tom Bube, county surveyor; Barbara Best for county recorder; and Rhonda Rhoads, who currently holds an at-large seat on the county council but declared herself a candidate for District 2 county commissioner.
Tim Hunt, of Floyd County, announced he will challenge State Rep. Paul Robertson for the House District 70 seat.
Persons can officially file as candidates beginning Jan. 23.
‘We do our best when we have a slate of candidates who are excellent from top to bottom,’ Shickles said. ‘Republicans have a chance to claim a lot of victories in 2008.’
He added that ‘it’s not about Republicans winning and Democrats losing’ but rather ‘putting the best people in office.’