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Former GOP State Chair Graham to Run for Republican National Committeeman

14 March 2020   Robert Graham
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Former GOP State Party Chairman Robert Graham Announces Run for Republican National Committeeman

Two-Term AZGOP Chairman Campaigning for RNC Position

(Phoenix, AZ) – Former Arizona Republican Party Chairman Robert Graham today announced his candidacy to represent Arizona Republicans as a member of the party's national committee.

Graham is a Phoenix resident who led Arizona's delegation in unanimous support of President Donald Trump to the 2016 Republican National Convention. He was first elected Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party in 2013 and was re-elected to a second term in 2015.

"It's been a great honor to serve our party and our President, and the time has come for me to announce that I'm continuing to seek support to serve once again. Not only do we have an incredibly important presidential election on the near horizon, we must also secure our Republican advantage in every state and at the national level." Graham said.

Republican National Committee members serve four-year terms, from the end of the upcoming national convention this August to the end of the 2024 convention. Graham seeks to replace longtime Committeeman Bruce Ash, who has announced he's not seeking an additional term.

"I am running because I am a platform Republican, and our platform states our party is 'the party of liberty, the party of equality, of opportunity for all, and favoritism for none' and that is the party I support wholeheartedly," Graham added.

President Donald Trump recently appointed Graham to the President's Advisory Committee on the Arts, where he serves as an "Ambassador for the Arts" to support the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and its commitment to the arts. Committee members are chosen for their commitment to the nation's performing arts, arts education, cultural and philanthropic activities.

Graham’s work on behalf of President Trump’s election was a major factor in President Trump personally urging Graham to run for the U.S. Senate against then Senator Jeff Flake.  “At the time I could not meet my family obligations and serve in the U.S. Senate, but I saw the President recently and he encouraged me to get back into the fight at the national level, so this is the perfect time and opportunity to do so.” said Graham.

Republicans in each state, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories elect one man to represent them as national committeeman and one woman as their national committeewoman.

Graham is competing in an election to be held at the party's State Convention on May 9th at the Phoenix Convention Center, where delegates to the Republican National Convention in Charlotte, NC, will also be elected.

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