In the aftermath of Election 2012, it seems most county REC chairs hailing from the largest “super counties” are not running for reelection.
First was Sid Dinerstein, the longtime Palm Beach County Chair, who announced shortly after election day that he would not seek another term.
Art Wood in Hillsborough and JJ Beyrouti in Pinellas are also bowing out. We’ve heard the Miami-Dade Chair Ben Powell will not seek a full term. Most recently, Richard DeNapoli in Broward also announced he’s not seeking another term.
It’s well known that the RPOF structure doesn’t lend itself well to large counties. A chair in a large county with a couple hundred members has essentially the same title, support, and authority as a Chair from a county with only a handful of members and a small population. Chairs in large counties truly have thankless jobs…organizing events and helping candidates for free, and have little support from the RPOF. That might explain how poorly the GOP fared in most of these larger counties.
NOTE: As one of our commenters pointed out, Sarasota County Chairman Joe Gruters is running again. We don’t place the size of Sarasota in the same league as the “super counties.”