The Ontario County Republican Committee announced the election of Trisha Turner of Victor as Chairwoman on Wednesday. The announcement comes as Doug Finch, who led the charge to organize and nominate the Republican nominee for the 54th Senate District, decided that he would not seek re-election.
Chairwoman Turner previously served as the Ontario County Republican Committee’s first vice chair, secretary and president of the Ontario County Women’s Republican Club.
The chairmanship is a two-year term and her service will begin immediately.
“I am honored to have the unanimous support of the members of the Ontario County Republican Committee and look forward to continuing to serve our region,” said Turner. “As chairwoman, I will be working with Republican committee members from across Ontario County and our elected officials to ensure that we maintain taxpayer focused leadership in Ontario County. I am proud to call New York and Ontario County home and I will continue to lead the fight to protect our upstate values and way of life.”
Also elected to two-year terms at the county committee’s reorganizational meeting at the Ontario County Safety Training Facility in Hopewell were:
First Vice Chair, Chris Catt of Victor;
Second Vice Chair, Phil Beckley of Geneva;
Secretary, Silvio Palermo of Victor;
Treasurer, Andy Fredericksen of Victor; and
Parliamentarian, Ellis Oster of Canandaigua.
The committee also recommended to the Board of Supervisors the appointment of Michael Northrup of Canandaigua as Ontario County Republican Election Commissioner.
Chairwoman Turner is a long-time community volunteer and currently serves on the Victor Board of Education and the Board of Directors of Serenity House, a not-for-profit facility that provides care for the terminally ill. A graduate of Kings College and Southern Connecticut State University, she began her career as a special education teacher. Long active in the Victor community, Chairwoman Turner helped found the Victor Community Church and continues to be an active and engaged member. She is widely recognized as a social media expert for political campaigns and currently serves as a community liaison for New York State Assembly Republican Leader Brian Kolb. A mother of three, Trisha and her husband, Mark, live in the Town of Victor.
“The next two years will bring new and exciting challenges. As chairwoman I will work aggressively to grow our local town and city committees and ensure that we recruit the best possible candidates to run for public office,” said Turner. “Serving as chairwoman will provide me another opportunity to serve the region that I am proud to call home and I look forward to ensuring the election of our strong slate of Republican candidates in November and beyond. Working together we can improve our communities and elect individuals of the highest integrity to represent us.”