NORRISTOWN - The Montgomery County Republican Committee on Tuesday elected William Donnelly as its new chairman.

Donnelly is a former county prothonotary and Horsham Township Council member. He said Wednesday that he would "try to see what's wrong" with the county Republican party, which lost every row-office race to Democrats in November and has struggled with in-fighting.

He was elected to replace State Rep. Mike Vereb, who resigned last month. Donnelly said other Republicans asked him to run for chairman "and to try to straighten the ship and to stop it from sinking." - Laura McCrystal