FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, February 27, 2009
AZGOP NAMES NEW POLITICAL DIRECTOR
Phoenix, AZ – Randy Pullen, chairman of the Arizona Republican Party, today announced that Colin Shipley has been named to the post of political director for the Arizona Republican Party.
“Colin has the right skill set, a great background, and lots of energy and enthusiasm to run our political shop through the 2010 elections,” said Pullen. “I think we’re building a very formidable team over here and we’ll be able to capitalize and expand upon our previous electoral gains in 2010.”
“When looking for a new political director, we wanted to bring on someone who is familiar with Arizona politics and would bring new and fresh ideas to the table. I believe that Colin is that person,” said Brett Mecum, executive director of the Arizona Republican Party. “Colin will be building an aggressive political program that will primarily focus on voter registration and candidate training across our fifteen growing counties.”
“I am thrilled at the opportunity that Chairman Pullen has afforded me,” said Shipley. “This is going to be a critical election cycle for Arizona and I look forward to making a positive difference at the Arizona Republican Party.”
Shipley will be responsible for the entire political operation of the Arizona Republican Party which includes voter registration, Get out the Vote efforts, candidate training, and grassroots development among others. A native of Chandler, AZ and a graduate of Arizona State University, Shipley most recently worked for then-Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters. Previously to that, he was an Account Executive for Highground, Inc., a premier political consulting and government relations firm headquartered in Phoenix. Shipley succeeds Brett Mecum who was named AZGOP executive director earlier this month.
Additional staff hires at the Arizona Republican Party are expected in the coming days.