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Ella Ennis to serve in 2013


Staff writer

The Calvert County Republican Central Committee elected a new chairwoman for 2013 last week.

Ella Ennis will succeed Frank McCabe, who held the position of chairman for six years, after McCabe did not seek re-election.

“It seemed that this was a good time,” McCabe said.

Each year, the committee elects officers for the coming year.

“As chairman, Frank McCabe brought enthusiasm and a strong work ethic,” Ennis said in a news release. “I know I can depend on him for good advice. ... I do not expect him to slow down one bit just because he is no longer Chairman.”

McCabe, whose committee term ends in 2014, said he will continue to serve and be involved.

“I was absolutely delighted that Ella decided to run,” McCabe said. “There’s a lot of work ahead of her.”

Ennis, of Port Republic, was appointed to the central committee in 2009 and elected to a full term in 2010.

“In 2013 we will focus on local and state issues that are important to our Calvert citizens,” Ennis said in the release, citing opposition to an increase in the gas tax. “We will register voters and recruit and train potential candidates for 2014.”

In the release, Ennis said there are already plans for classes in March for interested candidates.

Currently, Ennis serves as the legislative co-chairwoman for the Maryland Federation of Republican Women.

Ennis also serves on many boards throughout the community.

She has previously served as the president of the Republican Women Leaders of Calvert and was named Maryland Republican Woman of the Year in 2011.

The central committee also re-elected Bob Arscott as vice chairman, Judy MacWilliams as secretary and Michael McNally as treasurer.

McCabe said the committee’s headquarters will relocate to the location of Maryland House Minority Leader Anthony J. O’Donnell’s campaign headquarters at 424 Solomons Island Road North, Prince Frederick, effective Jan. 1.