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East Texas GOP club urges county chairman to resign

CHEROKEE COUNTY, TX (KLTV) -

Cherokee County Republicans are calling for the resignation of their party chairman, who is now facing felony charges.

Stephen Looney is charged with tampering with government records and theft by public servant.

The County Republican Club president says it's time for a change in leadership.

"With these charges that are pending and things, most of our Republican club would like to see the chairman resign at this point, take his name off the ballot and let some true leaders step forward," says club president Danny Morris.

Morris says Republicans in Cherokee County have come a long way in the last ten years-- from having their first Republican elected to office-- to now holding a majority of the county's elected positions.

"With our headlines right now about our chairman himself winding up in jail with all of these charges... it's not looking good for the party," says Morris.

According to the Cherokee County Grand Jury indictment, Looney charged his own personal services to the state.

"He's accused, particularly in the theft part of the indictment, of deferring plumbing services that were supposed to go to an adult protective client to himself," says Cherokee County District Attorney Elmer Beckworth.

Looney resigned from his position with Adult Protective Services last year and county Republicans are crossing their fingers that he'll do the same as chairman.

"We need the head of the party for the county to be just as involved and just as excited about what is going on," says Morris.

Morris says Looney hasn't been fulfilling his duties as chairman for months. We went by Looney's home for a response, but no one answered the door.

"Right now we need some true leadership... someone to step up," says Morris.

With Looney's name on the ballot for the spring primary, Morris says he can only hope more people file to run-- giving Cherokee County Republicans the options they're looking for.

If convicted of the charges, Looney can face up to two years in jail.

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