by Max Brantley
REPUBLICAN PARTY NEWS RELEASE
Little Rock (Tuesday, December 05, 2006) -- The Republican Party of Arkansas (RPA) State Committee meeting will be held on December 9 in Little Rock, Arkansas at the Statehouse Convention Center. Leadership positions for the next two years will be selected at this meeting.
State Senator Gilbert Baker (Conway) has served as Chairman of the RPA since December 2004.
On the future of the Republican Party of Arkansas, Baker stated, "Our party is at a crossroads and requires continuity and stability in leadership. We've done a lot of good things over the past two years, but we also realize there are extreme challenges to work through.
"We have started the process of making necessary adjustments to make our party stronger and as vibrant as ever. I have been encouraged by members of the business community, party leaders, and other activists to run for another term as chairman. There is a sentiment that we need a measure of continuity and stability as we begin to rebuild," Baker concluded.
"Gilbert has provided steady leadership for our party," stated Governor Mike Huckabee. "Moving forward, it is imperative that we have some level of consistency and continuity within our leadership to ensure that we are vibrant for the 2008 election cycle.
"In talking with Gilbert, he does understand the needs we have as a party and the hurdles we face. I, also, believe Gilbert's fundraising abilities and ability to unite people will be critical to moving our party forward," Huckabee concluded.
"I look forward to continuing to work with Gilbert Baker as Chairman of the Republican Party of Arkansas," stated Congressman John Boozman. "He has provided a valuable service to our party over the last two years."
Boozman continued, "As we move into an important election cycle in 2008, Gilbert understands the importance of fundraising, further developing our grassroots programs, and aggressively dealing with the challenges we face as a party. He has started that process, and I look forward to being a part of that effort."