PHOENIX – Robert Graham, Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party, today received the endorsement of several influential GOP leaders in Gila County as well as the endorsement of the Rim Country Republican Club. The election will be held at the meeting of the State Committee on January 24, 2015 at the Grace Community Church in Tempe.
Gary Morris, Chairman of the Gila County Republican Committee said, “My congratulations on a very successful campaign season for the Arizona Republican Party and Republican candidates. Your leadership and campaign plan along with the best fundraising effort in recent memory laid the foundation for Republican success. As you move forward in your campaign for another term as Party Chairman, you have my personal endorsement and support to continue as Chairman for the Arizona Republican Party.”
The Rim Country Republican Club met this week and passed a motion endorsing Robert Graham.
Representative Brenda Barton of Payson, who was was elected in November to represent much of Gila County as a legislator from District 6, endorsed Graham saying, “As a Precinct Committeeman, State Committeeman, Regional Director for the Arizona Federation of Republican Women and now a proud Republican State Representative, from my background, and history I will assure you that Robert Graham is an exemplary Chairman, Leader, and Fundraiser for our Republican Party. He sets by example a bar of performance that should be taken to heart by all county and Legislative District chairpersons throughout Arizona. It is my honor and pleasure to fully give my endorsement to Robert Graham to lead our party into 2016. I therefore urge you to gift him with your vote.”
Gila County’s voter turnout in the 2014 election was among the top three in the state at nearly 55 percent. Republican Governor-elect Doug Ducey beat his Democrat challenger by a nearly two-to-one margin among county voters.
One of Gila County’s most active precinct committeemen is Lolly Hathhorn, who also was elected state committeeman and First Vice Chairman of the Gila County Republican Committee and will attend the January meeting to support Graham. Hathhorn said to Graham, “As an individual precinct committeeman and state committeeman, I whole-heartedly endorse you for a second term as Chairman of the AZGOP. It has been my pleasure to see the direction in which you have taken our Party and to the leadership you have shown throughout your tenure. It is my pleasure and honor to help you in any way that I can and help you to VICTORY! Thanks for all you have done to further our cause and raise the money for our endeavors. Your help was tremendous in helping the GOP win so many Republican positions. YOU ROCK! I have your back.”