Kelli Ward Elected Chairperson Of Arizona Republican Party

By Matt Kling
Published: Monday, January 28, 2019 - 9:48am
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Kelli Ward at KJZZ's studio in 2018.

Former state senator and U.S. Senate candidate Kelli Ward is the new chairperson for the Arizona Republican Party.

The conservative firebrand won the party's vote Saturday at the state GOP meeting in Phoenix, ousting businessman Jonathan Lines.

According to the Arizona Republic, Ward said her focus going into her two-year term is to help President Donald Trump get re-elected in 2020, and win back offices the party lost in November.

Ward served in the state Senate from 2013 to 2015 when she resigned to run a failed contest to oust then-Sen. John McCain. She ran another unsuccessful campaign for Senate, losing to Martha McSally in last year’s primary.

Also on Saturday, the Arizona Democratic Party re-elected attorney Felecia Rotellini as its chairperson.