Friday, January 12, 2001

Developer to lead GOP in Butler Co.

Joe Schwarz replaces Todd

By Steve Kemme
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        FAIRFIELD TWP. — Joe Schwarz, a Fairfield developer and a former Democrat, was selected Thursday as chairman of the Butler County Republican Party.

        Mr. Schwarz takes the reins from Carlos Todd, who stepped down after 10 years as party chairman.

        The party flourished during Mr. Todd's tenure, culminating in a GOP sweep of countywide offices in last year's Nov. 7 election.

        Mr. Schwarz said he will try to help the party sustain that success.

        “I want to see that we continue to hold all the countywide offices,” Mr. Schwarz said. “I will try to follow Carlos Todd's footsteps in offering sound, solid leadership to the party and in keeping it financially strong.”

        No one else was nominated for chairman at the party's executive committee meeting at the D. Russel Lee Career Center.

        Mr. Schwarz, 65, had been serving as the executive committee's fourth vice chairman.

        He said he became involved with the party in 1992 at the encouragement of Mr. Todd.

        A lifelong Butler County resident, Mr. Schwarz is president of J-II Homes Inc. of Fairfield.

        Mr. Schwarz and his wife, Marlene, have a son and three grandchildren.

        Mr. Todd, 62, retired to devote more time to his family and the Todd Group, his development business.


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