James Mathieu has been elected chairman of the Republican Party of Pasco County. Former Chairman Randy Maggard was elected vice chairman. Mathieu previously held the position as vice chairman.
Mathieu is an attorney who specializes in mediation. Before moving to Florida eight years ago, he was a Republican ward leader for a decade in Philadelphia covering 28 polling districts as well as a committeeman. Last year he challenged state Sen. Mike Fasano, a fellow Republican, for a west Pasco House seat, which Fasano won.
Mathieu is president of Athenian Academy, a charter school in New Port Richey. He said his focus for the Republican Party will remain the same as when Maggard held the top spot.
A native of Dade City, Maggard graduated from Zephyrhills High School and went on to earn his associate's degree at Pasco-Hernando Community College in Dade City.
Maggard has served as vice president of Sonny's Discount Appliances Inc. for 30 years.
He has been a member of the Southwest Florida Water Management District's governing board since 2011. Before that, Maggard served on the District's Coastal Rivers Basin Board from 2004 to 2010, including a term as vice chair.