The local tea party's hopes for "revolution" from within the York County Republican Committee will have to wait for about a month.

But tea party members of the committee have lined up candidates to oppose the incumbent chair and vice-chair for the volunteer four-year positions.

A reorganization meeting set for Saturday has been rescheduled for July 12 to accommodate newly elected write-in candidates, some of whom are on board for a coup being staged in an attempt to oust chairman Bob Wilson and vice-chair Anne Zerbe.

In an open letter to Wilson last month, recently elected Lower Windsor Township committeewoman Allison Blew requested Wilson not use his authority to appoint vacancies to the committee before the reorganization meeting at which committee members will vote on his retention. He could appoint certain people to assure votes for himself, she wrote.

York 912 Patriots spokeswoman Beth Roberts, also a committeewoman, said the letter was part of a tea party and independent conservative strategy to run write-in candidates for committee positions and overthrow Wilson because they believe he's too liberal.

Blew is now a candidate for vice-chair, and York City investor Alex Shorb is opposing Wilson. Both Blew and Shorb declined to comment about their candidacy Thursday.

Many of the write-ins were elected, but Roberts said it's not clear whether the dissenting group has the necessary votes.

All seats filled: The committee has 318 committee members, one man and one woman from each of the county's 159 precincts.


After 38 tied votes for write-in candidates were settled during a recent county election board meeting, there were 45 vacancies, Wilson said.

He has since appointed people to all of those vacancies, he said Thursday.

"My job is to make sure the committee has a full complement so we can further the Republican agenda and candidates have a full army of people all across the county willing to work for them," he said. "I would not be doing my job if I didn't fill those positions. We're going into campaign season."

He said most York County Republicans have been happy with his work as chairman since he took the helm about two years ago to finish a partial term because of the retirement of chairman Peck Foster.

"We've taken our party from the dark ages and made it more vibrant," he said. "We've injected new ideas, new technologies and made the party more attractive to all Republicans. We had no computer system prior to me being in leadership. Now we were the first county GOP party in the nation to have a mobile app."

The party has also doubled the size of its headquarters, launched a new website and is using social media, he said.

Wilson said his vision moving forward is to start applying GOP pressure on the Democratic stronghold of York City, reaching out to black and Latino voters.

"I would like to see two Republican city council members by the year 2020," he said. "I think it's time we take charge...put on our big boy pants and go into the City of York and see what we can do."

The meeting will be held 9 a.m. Saturday, July 12, at at the Yorktowne Hotel, 48 E. Market St., and is open to the public.