Former Water Authority Commissioner to Lead Erie County GOP

Sept. 13, 2019

Karl Simmeth takes over Saturday as Erie County Republican Party chairman. (Provided photo)
Karl Simmeth takes over Saturday as Erie County Republican Party chairman.

Karl J. Simmeth, the Town of Boston Republican leader and former Erie County Water Authority commissioner, is expected to be named new Erie County GOP chairman at a Saturday Executive Committee meeting in Williamsville.

Nicholas A. Langworthy, the outgoing county leader elected state chairman in July, said Thursday his successor will assume the county reins immediately after the morning election at the Wyndham Garden hotel. Langworthy will officially resign his county post on Saturday to concentrate on new statewide duties, he said, while veteran Vice Chairman Carmen Vacco also will retire.

Former Assemblyman Raymond W. Walter, the party’s unsuccessful candidate for county executive in 2015, will take over as vice chairman. Erin Baker, Langworthy’s wife and former chief of staff to Walter in the Assembly, becomes the party’s finance chairwoman.
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