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Tarrant County GOP chairman to step down and spend more time with family

Tim O’Hare and his wife, Christen, had three children — Julianna, 1, Emily, 3, and Katie 4 — when he filed to run for the Tarrant County Republican Party chairman. They now have four.
Tim O’Hare and his wife, Christen, had three children — Julianna, 1, Emily, 3, and Katie 4 — when he filed to run for the Tarrant County Republican Party chairman. They now have four. Special to the Star-Telegram

Tarrant County Republicans are about to need a new leader.

Current Tarrant County GOP Chairman Tim O’Hare announced he is not seeking re-election to the unpaid post next year, potentially setting up a battle to determine who will lead the Republican Party in one of the reddest counties in the country.

O’Hare, who became chairman in June of 2016, plans to serve out the rest of his term and stay involved with the party.

He said he’s just having a hard time juggling being a husband and father of four with running a law firm and real estate venture, serving as a Sunday School teacher and a Deacon at church — and leading the Tarrant County Republican Party.

“For those who always assume another motive other than what has been stated, I don’t have another political job waiting, I am not preparing to run for another office, no one is running me off,” O’Hare said in a statement. “I simply want to focus on my family, my church and my business, and consistently be there for my wife and kids, which for the last 14 months, has been difficult.”

O’Hare and his wife, Christen, had three daughters — Julianna, 1, Emily, 3, and Katie 4 — when he filed to run for Tarrant County Republican Party chairman. They now have four.

There’s no word yet on who might consider running for the post. But the first day to file to be on the 2018 ballot is Nov. 11.

During his time in office, O’Hare said much has been accomplished, including motivating the largest number of Republican election judges to work in a November election and raising the most money ever at the party’s annual Lincoln Day dinner, not to mention creating the Tarrant County GOP Scholarship Fund.

And there’s plenty more he plans to oversee before leaving office.

“My commitment will not wane, my work ethic will not change, and I will continue to do everything in my power to Keep Tarrant County Red,” O’Hare said in a statement.

Anna Tinsley: 817-390-7610, @annatinsley

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