By a whisker-thin two-vote margin, Palm Beach County Republican Treasurer Ira Sabin was elevated to the party’s Chairman position at the Republican Executive Committee meeting Wednesday night.
Sabin garnered 71 votes to his opponent’s 69, Palm Beach Republican Club President Marie Hope Davis. Sabin, who lives in south Palm Beach County, has been active in both the county REC and the Republican Jewish Coalition. With his election as party chairman, he accepts the reins from 10-year GOP Chairman Sid Dinerstein, who announced last month that he would not seek re–election.
Also elected last night were Boca Raton attorney Michael Barnett, who ran unopposed for Vice Chairman, and James Spafford who ran unopposed for the treasurer slot.
The evening’s only other contested race was for the party’s secretary position. Alison Rampersad defeated Richard Gallant for this slot. Rampersad is an assistant professor at Lynn University’s College of Business & Management.