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RAJA Steps Down as RCAC Chair

RAJA ANNOUNCES INTENTION TO STEP DOWN AS RCAC CHAIR
Decision provides next Chair additional time to prepare for important 2020 Presidential Election

GREENTREE, PA – Local businessman and community leader, D. Raja, today announced he will step down from his volunteer service as Chair of the Republican Committee of Allegheny County (RCAC) on June 29, 2019, or sooner if the election to select the new Chair can be scheduled and held.

Raja’s decision will provide the next RCAC Chair additional time to prepare for the important 2020 Presidential Campaign since he did not intend to see reelection as Chair. This same advantage was provided by Raja’s predecessor, Jim Roddey, when he stepped down prior to the end of his term during the 2016 cycle.

“Leading the Republican Party in Allegheny County and working with our entire RCAC team including all local chairs and committee members has been an honor and privilege,” said Raja. “I’ve offered a vision of servant leadership to build our party and put our Republican Party principles into action. Despite a challenging environment, I believe our efforts and positive results will speak for themselves. I thought it was important to wait until after the May 21st Primary to make this announcement. I’m so grateful to my wife, Neeta, and our daughters for being so supportive of my public service.”

During Raja’s tenure, the membership of RCAC grew over 150%, Republican voter registration in Allegheny County increased by more than 17,000 and successful fundraising will enable the next Chair to hit the ground running with over $70,000 cash on hand. He said none of this could have been possible without the dedicated and selfless hard work provided by our RCAC Leadership Team including Vice Chair Dave Majernik, Treasurer Bronco Brnardic, Secretary Kathy Coder, Assistant Treasurer Eileen Holste, Solicitor Ron Hicks, and Executive Director Ryan Rabea.

Statement from the RCAC Leadership Team: Vice Chair Dave Majernik, Treasurer Bronco Brnardic, Assistant Treasurer Eileen Holste, Solicitor Ron Hicks, and Executive Director Ryan Rabea.

“Raja has been a dynamic leader for Allegheny County Republicans. He is honest, compassionate, and inclusive—the leadership qualities we needed to build the party. We feel fortunate to have served alongside a man who set high expectations for our team and delivered extraordinary results. Here are just a few of our accomplishments under Raja’s leadership:

· Grew RCAC membership by 33% in 2017 and 30% in 2018. RCAC now stands at 721 members—a 150% increase from the 288 Committee members when Raja was elected Chair.

· Republican voter registration in Allegheny County increased by more than 17,000 during Raja’s tenure.

· Revitalized RCAC’s Lincoln Dinner with attendance exceeding 500 in 2018 and 2019 while hosting high profile speakers like Kellyanne Conway, Counselor to President Trump.

· Fundraised hundreds of thousands for RCAC with over $70,000 cash on hand —one of the largest balances of any county committee in the state and an unprecedented achievement that will be available to the next Chair and enable the RCAC transition to happen smoothly.

· Delivered critical ground support for the election of President Trump, while providing financial and volunteer support in the successful effort to retain all 7 state House races in Allegheny County last year. RCAC is also currently fielding candidates for Allegheny County Executive and Controller (as write-in).

· Executed a grassroots voter contact strategy that included 200,000 door knocks and 275,000 phone calls being made in 2018.

· Updated RCAC’s digital strategy that included a new RCAC website and provided customized sites to a dozen Republican municipal committees at no cost.

· Integrated GOP’s robust data program and the RNC apps for effective voter outreach use.

· Helped establish or re-invigorated local Republican organizations in Quaker Valley, Dravosburg, Kennedy, Forward, Fox Chapel, Castle Shannon, Scott, Oakdale, Dormont, and Pine.”

Statement from President Pro Tempore Senator Joe Scarnati:

“Raja represents the very best of the Republican Party. He exemplifies exactly what our Party needs to grow and succeed in the future. It has been a privilege to work with Raja as RCAC Chair and as one of our State Senate candidates, and I am proud to call him my friend. He will be missed in his leadership role as RCAC chair, but I’m hopeful this will not be his last assignment.”

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