Ballston Resident Carl Zeilman Chosen as Chair of Majority Party in County

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY – February 10, 2018 – The Saratoga County Republican Committee today unanimously elected Carl P. Zeilman to be its new County Chairman at a meeting of the full committee.

Zeilman, 41, a Town of Ballston resident, becomes the youngest County Chairman in the Party’s history. He succeeds Steve Bulger, who was recently appointed as a Regional Administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Saratoga County Republican Chairman Carl Zeilman said, “It is an honor to lead one of the strongest Republican Committees in New York State. I will continue to energize the committee as our previous Chairman, Steve Bulger has done. Our committee is strong and well-positioned for success in 2018 and beyond.”

In 2017, Republicans in Saratoga County saw tremendous success at the polls, including:

•Retaining a strong 19 seat majority on the Board of Supervisors;
•Successfully defending all five incumbent Town Supervisor seats that saw challenges;
•Securing every countywide elected office including re-electing Sheriff Mike Zurlo, County Clerk Craig Hayner, and Coroner Susan Hayes Masa;
•Achieving wins that resulted in 20 of the 21 towns and cities across the county being under elected Republican leadership;
•Countywide, winning 322,724 votes on Election Day in 2017, compared with 65,520 votes for Democrats.

Additionally, for the first time in decades, republicans won the majority of the City Council seats in the city of Mechanicville.

In 2017, under former Chairman Bulger’s leadership, the county committee invested heavily into technology and efforts to elect Republicans across the county. It proved to be a productive decision, as more than 100 Republicans who ran for office were overwhelmingly elected to serve, a more than 95% success rate.

Chairman Zeilman will focus on continuing the proud leadership tradition of past Chairs including Jasper Nolan, John Herrick, and Steve Bulger. His priorities will include recruiting diverse candidates, fundraising, deploying technology and promoting the many business and quality of life attributes in the County.

Chairman Zeilman said, “Saratoga County continues to be the gem of the Capital Region. We have the lowest tax rates in the area, with nine Saratoga County municipalities having no local property tax. We have one of the lowest unemployment rates at 3.8 percent; and we have recently been ranked as New York’s healthiest by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. These are the results of Republican Supervisors with strong principles that look out for the residents of Saratoga County.”