AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Maine Republicans elected a new party chair Sunday.
Richard Cebra of Naples was unanimously chosen to lead the party. Cebra has served four terms in the Maine House of Representatives. He is replacing Charlie Webster, whose chairmanship was viewed by some as controversial and divisive. Governor Paul LePage endorsed Cebra as chair.
NEWS CENTER Republican analyst Phil Harriman says the key will be to unify the party by fairly representing the views of party members.
"If he is seen speaking on behalf of all republicans, he'll be able to maintain that unity," Harriman said. "If he starts carving out and making declarative statements that people who think like this, or believe like that are not welcome, he'll alienate some people for sure."
Beth O'Connor of Berwick was originally running against Cebra. She dropped her bid and was elected as vice-chair.