Originally Posted Online: May 09, 2013, 6:32 pm
Last Updated: May 09, 2013, 11:46 pm

Long leaves race to lead RI Republicans

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Eric Timmons, etimmons@qconline.com

Bill Long has dropped his bid to replace Susie Carpentier as chairman of the Rock Island County Republican Party, leaving Betsey Morthland and Mike Steffen as the remaining candidates.

Mr. Long said he decided he could be as effective campaigning for the party without seeking the leadership.

Republican precinct committeemen will meet at noon Saturday to elect a new chairman to replace Ms. Carpentier, who recently announced her resignation.

Ms. Morthland and Mr. Steffen are both precinct committeemen and will speak before the vote at Saturday's meeting at the Republican office, 1721 5th Ave, Moline. The meeting is open to the public.