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Will Broward's GOP be led by Hispanic woman?

Cindy Guerra, who works as a regional deputy for Attorney General Bill McCollum, announced today that she will run for Broward GOP party chair April 26.

The current chair, Chip LaMarca, announced today that he was stepping down as he considers running against Democratic Broward County Mayor Ken Keechl.

Guerra, of Deerfield Beach, said she would be the first Cuban-American to head up the Broward Republican Executive Committee. And she'd be the first female in many years -- the last one was Jean Hansen from 1988 to 1992.

"We have to preserve our majority in the cabinet and grow our majority in the State House and Senate,'' she said. "We have to fight back against the liberal plan for redistricting our state and take back our majority in Congress."

If she wins, Guerra will have another task on her plate: trying to beef up Broward's 300-plus member GOP group and make it more relevant at a time when there are other options in town for activists, including the Tea Party. Tensions in the Broward GOP group grew a few months ago as activists split over whether to back Marco Rubio or Gov. Charlie Crist in their primary for U.S. Senate -- and the next chair will have to unify that division.