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April 24--  A Vidalian is the new chairman of the 12th Congressional District Republican Party.

buckmoonDelegates from the district's 19 counties elected Buck Moon, Jr. to the position at a party convention Saturday.

"As chairman, I'm sort of the chief volunteer.  I try to coordinate between the county-level politics when we choose a Republican candidate to make sure we're doing everything we can to continue to expand the reach of the Republican Party and that we are growing in an effective way.

"In the 12th District not too long ago we were sort of a purple district.  We had John Barrow as our representative and we had several state representatives and state senators who were Democrats.  Now we have 17 state representatives who are in some part of the 12th District and 13 of them are Republicans.  Of the seven state senators in our district, all but one of them are Republicans and we want to continue doing that," Moon said.

Moon encourages citizens to get involved in the political process and invites them to the local Republican Party meeting the first Tuesday of every month at 6:30 Chatters in Lyons.

"I got started in politics at a very young age because my parents didn't like it that we had Democrat control of our area and wanted to get involved.  At five years old, I was sticking labels to envelopes and going door to door for candidates.  That's what it takes to make change is to go out and work for someone you believe in and to continue to work even if you're not successful initially," he said.