Most of the focus at the state convention in June will be on the election of delegates and alternates to the national convention the following month, but that’s not the only race that the state convention will decide upon. With current National Committeewoman Linda Herren not running due being term-limited, that leaves an open seat to be voted upon at the state convention for our national committeewoman slot.
So far, there are three who have announced their intent to become the next national committeewoman of the GAGOP: Ginger Howard, Maria Strollo Zack, and Linda Umberger (I haven’t seen a Facebook page for her yet). Vicki Willard had announced her intention to run, but she withdrew due to personal reasons. Georgia Republicans have a great group of women who are vying to represent them at the Republican National Committee. As far as I know, Randy Evans intends to run again for national committeeman and no challengers have announced.
You can read the announcements from the three ladies below the fold:
Conservative activist Ginger Howard has announced her candidacy for National Committeewoman to represent Georgia on the Republican National Committee.
“Ginger Howard embodies a notable passion for the Republican Party,” says Sue Everhart, Former Chairmen of the Georgia Republican Party. “I remember driving down Peachtree Road in the pouring rain on Election Day in November 2012 and seeing Ginger on the sidewalk waving Republican signage, absolutely drenched but fiercely dedicated. It’s that dedication and drive that leads me to believe that Ginger will serve us with the utmost commitment to the RNC.”
A native of Waycross, Ga. and graduate of The University of Georgia, Howard boasts more than 25 years of involvement in the local and national political realms. She is a former member of the National Republican Congressional Committee, the National Republican Senatorial Committee, and the Georgia Republican Foundation. Howard currently serves as the President of the Buckhead Republicans, and is a member of the Fulton County Republican Party, and the Georgia State Committee. She most recently served as the Georgia Chairman for former Governor Rick Perry’s 2016 Presidential campaign.
A volunteer grassroots leader since 1989, Howard has engaged in politics as a leader on a number of different fronts. In recognition of her extensive involvement, Howard received the 2013 Georgia Republican Party’s Volunteer of the Year Award. She is a 2007 graduate of the Coverdell Leadership Institute, a member of the Women’s National Republican Club in New York, and former 5th District Secretary. In 2012 and 2013, she co-hosted Freedom Five, a conservative talk show, on America’s Web Radio. Howard attended the last three National Republican Conventions, serving as a Delegate to the 2012 National Convention. Additionally, Howard ran for National Committeewoman in 2012 and was narrowly defeated by the two-term incumbent.
More recently, The Atlantan magazine named Howard one of Atlanta’s top most powerful and influential women in 2015, honoring her work as the founder and owner of Ginger Howard Selections, a women’s boutique in Buckhead. She was also named Georgia’s Business Woman of the Year by the National Republican Congressional Committee in 2004. After 23 years as a small business owner, she has gained the respect of her local community and understands the desperate need for conservative leadership in Washington D.C., Georgia, and in local communities.
Howard has invested her life in every level of conservative Republican politics, as well as in the faith community at Church of the Apostles in Atlanta where she disciples young women. She cares deeply about the future of our country, and as demonstrated by her decades of service and commitment, she is devoted to serving Georgians and Americans alike with true conservative values.
For more information about Howard, visit http://gingerhoward.net.
Maria Strollo Zack:
Meet Maria Strollo Zack for Georgia National Committeewoman:
Maria Strollo Zack is a Pro-life Christian Conservative that values our U.S. Constitution as the road map for Congress. Maria is the owner of multiple companies spanning from business consulting to information technology. She is a past Chairman and President of an international technology company and a former legislative aide to members and delegations in the Florida legislature. Having served on multiple political campaigns, Maria has also held numerous positions within the Georgia Republican Party including having served two terms on the GAGOP State Executive Committee. Maria graduated from Florida State University with a B.S. in Political Science.
Maria is married to the love of her life, Steve Zack. They share a strong Christian faith, are active members in both their church and community, and are dedicated to Conservative principles.
Former Dawson County Republican Party Chair Linda Clary Umberger announced her candidacy for Republican National Committeewoman, which will be elected at the 2016 Georgia Republican State Convention in Augusta, Georgia on June 3-4. Current GOP Committeewoman Linda Herren is term limited after serving in the role of 12 years.
Umberger is a veteran of Republican politics having served in the Reagan Administration in the Office of Private Sector Initiatives and has been active in all levels grassroots politics serving as Dawson County Republican Party Chairwoman; a Georgia GOP state committee member; third vice-Chair of the Georgia Federation of Republican Women; and a founding member and past president of of the Foothills Republican Women. In 2014 Linda was tasked by National GOP Co-Chairman Sharon Day to spearhead the GOP’s 14 in ’14 Initiative to drive female voter turnout in the midterm election. Most recently, Linda worked in the field as a staffer and Congressional District and Regional Field Director in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina for Marco Rubio for President and CARLY (Fiorina) for America PAC.
“Republican values of personal responsibility, respect for the Constitution, sanctity of life and limited government are at risk if we do not keep working with an eye not just on the next election, but also on the next generation of leadership,” said Umberger. “It is important that our next Committeewoman is a tested leader who can continue to amplify Georgia’s voice and espouse Georgia values at the national level. Outgoing Committeewoman Linda Herren has built a tremendous foundation for our state and I look forward to continuing her great work.”
“I recognize that I am coming late to this race, but I am confident that I will be able to tap my many friends and colleagues in the Republican party to demonstrate – not just describe, but demonstrate – the kind of leadership Georgia needs on the RNC,” said Umberger.
The Georgia Republican State Convention gavels into session on Friday, June 3rd in Augusta, GA.