By JOHN DiSTASO, News Editor
Monday, June 16:
CONCORD – The state GOP Executive Committee elected Franklin Mayor Ken Merrifield as NHGOP Vice Chairman, succeeding J.P. Marzullo, who stepped down last week to run in a contested state Senate primary.
Party bylaws prohibit officers of the state committee from participating in contested primaries.
Party assistant secretary Fran Wendelboe had also expressed interest in the post.
In a statement Merrifield said he was “honored” and said the party “is energized and on the verge of sweeping victories in November.”
“Ken is a respected Republican activist who has the commitment to conservative principles needed to help unite our party. He is an excellent choice to serve as our next vice chairman,” said former Vice Chairman Marzullo.
(Our earlier report follows.)
Friday, June 13
CONCORD — Franklin Mayor Ken Merrifield could be in line to become the next vice chairman of the Republican State Committee.
Merrifield confirmed Friday that he has been making calls to state GOP executive committee members expressing interest in filling the post vacated by the resignation of J.P. Marzullo.
Marzullo resigned as he filed his candidacy for the District 8 state Senate seat.
“I think I have some talent and experience, having been an elected official for more than 20 years now and I’d like to bring some of that to the state party,” Merrifield said.
He said he has worked with party chair Jennifer Horn “on a number of campaigns and project and we have worked very well together. That should be a plus going into what should be a good election season.”
The executive committee of the party has the authority to fill vacant seats in the party hierarchy to fill unexpired terms. The full state committee will next elect officers to full terms in January 2015.