The officers for the Hernando County Democratic Executive Committee _ announced this week _ will remain in their positions.
Late Wednesday, Allie Merzer, spokeswoman for the state party, said its bylaws forbid the chair and vice chair from being the same gender.
Further analysis of the rules showed this provision applies only to elections, not appointments, she said Thursday. Therefore, Peg Heal will remain as chairwoman and Katherine Lambert will be vice chairwoman, Merzer said.
In addition, Merzer said, the state party had filled the one open officer position on Thursday by naming Ellen Thomas as DEC secretary.