TIMONIUM, Md. (AP) — Eastern Shore realtor Diana Waterman has been elected chairwoman of the Maryland Republican Party.

The Queen Anne’s County realtor and bookkeeper was elected Saturday at the party’s spring convention in Timonium. Waterman will serve out the term of Alex Mooney, a former state senator who announced in February that he was stepping down from the post. Waterman has been serving as interim chairwoman.

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Waterman told The Washington Post on Sunday that she is committed to making the party more competitive statewide. Democrats hold a 2-to-1 advantage in voter registration statewide. The Democratic party also holds the governor’s office and controls both chambers of the state legislature by wide margins.

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The Eastern Shore realtor says she passionately believes in the value of a two-party state.

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