Editor’s note: It’s Politics reports Saturdays on the ins and outs of Whittier-area politics and city-government. Call it the big switcheroo. Barbara Stone, chairwoman of the San Gabriel Valley chapter of the Los Angeles County Lincoln Club, has taken over as chairwoman of the Southeast chapter and Mike Spence, a longtime Republican activist, has succeeded Stone. Stone, chairwoman for eight years, was asked to take over the ailing Southeast chapter, which had only a few members. The Southeast chapter was founded in March 1998 and has had three chairmen. The most effective was Whittier resident Sylvia Southerland. After she stepped down, the chapter has had trouble, Stone said. “You got to the point where you were faced with an extraordinarily weak chapter,” she said. Stone said she wants to make the Southeast chapter into an important player in Southeast-area politics. “I want to see the Lincoln Club work with other Republican entities to build registration and help Republicans run for local office,” she said. It won’t be easy. With the exception of the 60th Assembly District represented by Bob Huff, R-Diamond Bar, there are no Republicans in statewide office in the Southeast area. Spence, a West Covina school board member and president of the California Republican Assembly, said he wants to keep his club at its high level. Even with the members taken by Stone, the San Gabriel Valley chapter still has 40 members. “We need to look at local races and see where we can have an impact and keep Republicans in office,” Spence said. FUNDRAISER: John Chiang, a member of the state Board of Equalization, and Assemblywoman Gloria Negrete McLeod will speak at a reception 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday for Van Tamom, Democratic nominee for 60th state Assembly District. The event will be at a home on Via Alegre in San Dimas. Cost per person is $25 and $40 for couples. For more information, call (909) 592-4783 or e-mail [email protected] WAR SPEECH: Robin McLarenwill speak about a speech by U.S. Army Lt. Ehren Watada about the Iraq War at the 7p.m. Tuesday meeting of the Mark Twain Democratic Club. The club meets at Mimi’s Cafe, 15436 Whittier Blvd., Whittier. For more information, call Lillian Gonzalez, (562)692-6836. Mail items for It’s Politics to the Whittier Daily News, P.O. Box 581, Whittier, CA 90608; fax to (562) 698-0450; phone (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022; or e-mail [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPhotos: At LA County Jail, Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with inmates“The Southeast chapter needed a lot of help and Barbara really had no more worlds to conquer,” said Doug Boyd, treasurer of the county club. “The \ membership was up to 60 and that’s an all-time record,” Boyd said. So, Stone left the San Gabriel Valley chapter and with her she took about 20 members to the Southeast chapter. The club now has nearly 30 members. As part of the change, the boundaries have been realigned to put La Habra Heights, La Mirada and Whittier into the Southeast chapter. The Lincoln Club is a fundraising arm of the Republican Party.