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Mon., Dec. 15, 2008, 12:36 p.m.

Spokane Republicans pick new leaders

A stand-room-only crowd selected new leaders for the Spokane County Republican Party on Saturday.

Cindy Zapotocky was elected county chairwoman, and Dave Stevens vice chairman.

Curt Fackler, outgoing chairman, said the crowd was bigger than expected, and bigger than the county commissioners meeting room, which he'd booked for the biennial reorganization.

They held the meeting in the same spot two years ago and there was plenty of room, he said. But the jump in political participation resulted in the election of 203 precinct committee officers, and about 164 showed up on Saturday despite the weather, Fackler said.

The new blood also may be signalling a shift in the party...

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