Date Set to Elect Local GOP Chairman

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The date is set to elect the next chairman of the Washington County Republican Committee.

Local party members are scheduled to vote Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. at the GuestHouse Hotel in Fayetteville, said Julie Harris, interim chairwoman.

Washington County Republicans Ralph Hudson and Lance Johnson are vying for the chairmanship.

Hudson, a paralegal and Springdale resident, is vice executive director of the political action committee Conservative Arkansas.

Johnson also is a Springdale resident and is president of Lance Johnson Building Co.

At a campaign event Aug. 7 at Neal’s Cafe in Springdale for Rep. Tom Cotton’s U.S. Senate race, Harris told 5NEWS she is not going to run for the local party leadership post, deciding instead to help direct Republican Robin Lundstrum’s state House campaign.

Harris said the party chairman cannot take a campaign role supporting one Republican over another in a primary election. Republican Lucas Roebuck is challenging Lundstrum for the open House District 87 seat.

Harris recently became chairwoman when Jeff Williams stepped down from the position.

Williams, who also serves as Washington County assessor, told 5NEWS he resigned from the party position in part because of GOP rules prohibiting a chairman from supporting one Republican over another during a primary.

Williams has since announced he is running for Washington County judge.

Before resigning, Williams had a year and a couple of months left as local GOP chairman, he said.

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